We have combined our love of typography and design with our commercial experience to explore the world of traditional letterpress print using antique presses, original type, beautiful papers and hand mixed inks.
Chris and Hannah Barker met at art college back in the 90s and discovered in each other a mutual love of print and a burning ambition to run a print studio.
Following several years in the print and publishing industries respectively, we finally purchased our first press, an Adana 8x5…
In April 2014 we moved into an incubation hub for creative businesses at Banks Mill Studios, alongside Green Door Printmaking Studio. We acquired a beautiful, and it appears rare, Squintani Model no.6 treadle press, restoring it to full working order and which has become the stalwart of our studio.
In August 2016 we took on an independent studio close to the centre of Derby and expanded our services to include bookmaking workshops, gallery space, shop and creative work space (available for hire).
With Chris’s print apprenticeship (where he won the Hawthorn Rigby Apprentice of the Year award) and years of experience in the print and design industry, we provide a tailor made experience for anyone looking to turn their ideas into seductive letterpress print.
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One of our clients, Kieran Harrod, made a little film of his business cards being printed, which can be viewed to the left.
"Shows the process which is relatively simple but takes the care and patience of a dedicated craftsman."
- Blog and video by Kieran Harrod, derby.graphics
We’ve been involved with Green Door for several years, both as members of the studio and as volunteers where we’ve learned new printmaking techniques under their expert tutelage and developed our private work. We’ve also had the opportunity to take part in several regional and international print exchanges and exhibitions through Green Door which has inspired us to start an annual Mail Art Project.