6th, 7th and 13th December at Centrespace

We have two bigs nights and a day, coming soon to Centrespace.

First off, our friends at Caught by the River are here once more, and as ever offer a brilliant line up of readings and conversations. You can rely on some of the finest DJs and a great night.

The very next day is our own legendary Wayzgoose, when we welcome out letterpress friends from around the country to sell their wares. There will be some of the best print around to buy as well as cafe and bar all day.

We’re very excited that our good friend, Jeb Loy Nichols will be playing songs from his brilliant new record Clovis Phillips, will be joining Jeb on bass, guitar and banjo.

Tickets for the two evening events from the print shop, the amazing Friendly Records on North Street or bristolticketshop.com The Wayzgoose is free entry.

Hiut Yearbook

I’ve worked on catalogues and yearbooks with David and Clare Hieatt since 2005. So it’s been great to be working with them these past years developing the Hiut Yearbooks. With each of the four yearbooks to date, we’ve pushed and prodded to get the very best from them. The last two yearbooks have had letterpress elements. We’ve collaborated with some of my favourite illustrators and photographers. I was pretty proud of what we carved out last time round. Here are some images of the (letterpress and wood type printed cover) as well as some spreads featuring Bjorn Rune Lie illustrations. We’re excited that our good friend the photographer, Andrew Paynter is heading back to these shores later this year to make a start on yearbook five. I’m hoping that we’ll be involved again and it will be exciting to see what magic appears in 2020.

The Letterpress Collective Summer 2019

It’s Summer, and as usual you can find us at all the best venues, Waygeese and festivals over the Summer months including:

Saturday 8 June: Shipley Wayzgoose, The Kirgate Centre, Shipley BD18 3EH from 10am until 4pm.
Friday 7-Sunday 9 June: Craft Fair, Mill Marsh Park, Bovey Tracey, Devon from 10am-5pm each day.
Saturday 15 June: Camp Elsewhere, Merthyr Mawr, South Wales.
Thursday 27 June: Meticulous Ink on Paper, Walcot Street, Bath
Thursday 25-Sunday 28 July: Caught by the River, Port Eliot, St German, Cornwall.
Tuesday 30 July-Sunday 4 August: Fforest Gather, fforest farm, Cilgerran, SA43 2TB.
(image is of the lovely book that our friend Sian has written, and we helped design).


Richard Kegler visit

P22 Blox workshop
Saturday 7 April , 10am – 1pm
In the printshop at the Letterpress Collective

With eight  shapes and a consistent grid, the P22 Blox was designed as a modular letterpress printing block system designed to create poster lettering or abstract patterns. This project is a collaboration between Richard Kegler of P22 Analog, Aurora-on-Cayuga, NY, and Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press, Chicago, IL. P22 Analog is an offshoot of P22 Type Foundry, a digital type house founded in 1994, and is dedicated specifically to hand-printing and hand-craft along with research related to printing and typographic history.

Richard Kegler is the lead designer and founder of P22 Type Foundry. His background in typography and book arts includes ventures in bookbinding and letterpress printing. Kegler is currently the director at Wells Book Arts Center in Aurora, New York and produced the Making Faces documentary film as a culmination of his interests and experience.

Richard will be visiting us and running this hands-on workshop using the blocks. Cost is £65. Please go to workshop section for more information about booking.

Both Nick Hand and Richard Kegler are speaking at a workshop called Letterpress in the Digital Age on Friday 5 April, tickets still available

The first Bristol Wayzgoose (well for quite a long time anyhow).

On the 9th December 2017, we held Bristol’s first Wayzgoose (well for quite a long time anyhow) in the Chocolate Factory next to the printshop. It was a fine affair with many illustrious printer friends attending with some of their fine print work for sale. It was well attended and, helped by the flow of fine coffee, local cider and beer, the event had a very nice atmosphere. The day was topped by a brilliant performance by the Sound Book Project. Thanks so much to all our friends who came supported the day and I hope that we’ll see you again next year around the same time.

The Printing Bike on the road again

Three years ago, I made the pilgrimage from Bristol to Mainz (where Gutenberg developed printing with moveable type) on the Printing Bike. Though the Printing Bike hasn’t exactly been in the shed since, I felt like it needed a proper challenge once more.

In early May I will set off from Land’s End and will wind my way up the spine of Britain to John O’Groats seeking out the makers in towns known for making one particular thing. In celebration of each craft and town, I will print a set of cards on the Adana 8×5″ press mounted on the back of the bicycle.

Hopefully the project will be funded by crowdfunding. I will be printing postcards illustrated by our favourite artists along the journey. In the autumn, these illustrations will be brought together with conversations with each craftsperson in a limited edition, large scale book printed at the Letterpress Collective. We will also be publishing a small book as a sequel to Conversations on the Coast; the book we created after my 2009 cycle ride around the coast of the British Isles. The project is inspired by the craftspeople I have met in the past and my ambition to celebrate the crafts, like letterpress printing, that are such an important part of this little country.

If you would like a set of cards posted to you from the Printing Bike or would like to order a book, please support the project on Kickstarter here

Albions from Burleigh Press

We have become the home of a two amazing Albion Presses, a large beauty made by Jonathan and Jerimiah Barrett of Finsbury in 1832. The platen is 18×24″ and it will be an amazing addition to workshops. The smaller Albion is made by Harrild and Sons in 1864 with a platen size of 11×16″. Both presses belong to the Burleigh Press who have been printing in Bristol for over one hundred years. It’s quite possible that Burleigh have owned the presses from new. Greg Corrigan one of Burleigh’s directors was keen that they return to near Lewins Mead where they started life.

Above: Simon Tozer illustrated us bringing the press into the printshop in early March 2017. And below the smaller press in place in studio 23 (our upstairs studio) at Centrespace.



Old City Map

We collaborated with Simon Tozer, who illustrated the beautiful Old City map that explores the crafts that helped build the central area of Bristol in the early part of the 1900s. The map was printed by Pat Randle at Nomad Letterpress on the brilliant Heidelberg cylinder press with type set and cast on Whittington’s Monotype caster (in Caslon). The maps which are 460x600mm will be available for £5 (and will be in our shop in the next week or two).  The fold is based on a very nice vintage map of Carolina that I’ve had for years and always wanted to find a use for its neat folding pattern.


Letterpress signage system

Our friends at Small Street Espresso, opened a really nice new café and bar in the new bit of Harbourside in Bristol called Wapping Wharf. Even better, they asked if we could print a huge letterpress signage system for the new place which is called Little Victories. We did some tests using 12 line Grot condensed wood type and tried a few boards. Then we went to work and produced an alphabetic system for them. And now it’s in use and looks pretty nice too.