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Exhibitions

2017 has been a fantastic year for The Smallprint Co’s Gallery Space. We have welcomed local, national and international artists to the space, with particular highlights being Format Festival and John Blakemore & Rosalind Pounder. We are also very proud to have been involved with the already well-established Derby Book Festival that returns to the Creative and […]

First International Mail Art Project

We’re fast approaching the end of our first ever International Mail Art Project exhibition: Post Truth. We had over 50 submissions from all over the world, ranging from the UK to Australia to Brazil to Japan. The brief was based upon shortlisted words for The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year and Post Truth did […]

Staffordshire Contemporary Arts Fair

This event is a first for us and we’re very much looking forward to joining other creatives at the Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek for our last event of the year!  

Post Truth Mail Art Project Exhibition

We sent a call-out for work in our first ever mail art project last September. Over the intervening months we have had submissions from all over the world – Japan, Turkey, Brazil, Australia, United States to name a few. It’s always a thrill to receive artwork through the post and we have enjoyed the wide […]

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Exhibition by Hal Wright

Gallery News: Hal Wright

Following on from a successful exhibition, Arboretum, by John Blakemore and Rosalind Pounder, we’re pleased to be welcoming Hal Wright to the Gallery Space with WE R ALL SERVING TIME. The studio is open 10-4 today, Saturday 16th September, for the launch and 10-4pm, every Monday to Friday until October 14th. If you’d like to […]

Fancy Hot Desking at The Smallprint Co?

Flexible Working Space Available for Freelance Designers & Creatives Our creative, friendly space is a great place to work from with none of the hassle of renting your own space. Working alongside our letterpress studio, you’re welcome to catch up on work in a quiet space or hold a meeting; it’s the perfect occasional office whenever you […]

Nottingham Industrial Museum

The Smallprint Co. has been working recently with Nottingham Industrial Museum in a small way, in offering advice and support on their Albion and Cropper presses, which is a real treat! We knew nothing of the museum when we first visited, which is housed in the stable blocks of Wollaton Hall. The place is filled with […]

Derby Book Festival

We’re very proud to announce that we’re partnering the Derby Book Festival this year with a programme of events related to all things bookish! The festival, which is a little over a week long, runs throughout mid-June from June 9th – June 17th and happily coincides with the arrival of Paul Cummins’ Poppies: Weeping Window […]

Working with illustrator Rob Chapman

Many of you will already be familiar with the work of artist and illustrator Rob Chapman through our Herb Garden and Farmyard greetings card collections. Rob provides beautiful illustrations to accompany letterpress text on cards, all of which are printed in our studio on one of the vintage presses. Rob is an illustrator who worked in […]

Reading With Mother Print

National Stationery Week – Why handwriting and letterpress go hand in hand

Here at The Smallprint Company we love letterpress, but we also love stationery. We take great pride in producing beautiful handcrafted gift cards, wedding stationery, and business cards. National Stationery Week and the Writing Matters campaign got us thinking about how important the art of handwriting is to our business. One of the main reasons […]

Full Swing: Format Festival

It’s been a very busy few weeks for The Smallprint Co, working on commissions, a business trip to the beautiful city of Prague and hosting the Format Festival to name but a few things we are involved with. We’re really proud to be hosting work by Miia Autio and Farhad Berahman whose works focuses on […]

Format Festival 2017 – Habitat

The Smallprint Co is a host venue for this year’s international photography event, Format Festival

Bookbinding workshops in The Creative Space

NEW for 2017! Beginners Bookbinding workshops Our Beginners Bookbinding workshops are run once a month on a Saturday afternoon and are already proving popular. I ran the first workshop last weekend with 2 artists and both students went away with their own hardback, Japanese bound book – and hopefully an insight into how to carry […]

Derby Makers Project

At the end of last year we welcomed Daniel Dytrych to the studio for a photographic interview that is featured in his latest project, the Derby Makers Project. Dan’s stunning work captures people and places in a naturally captivating way without feeling that you’re the subject. The Derby Makers Project documents the craftspeople in and around Derby. You […]

The Bodleian Library and Shakespeare

Earlier this year the Bodleian Libraries’ Centre for the Study of the Book announced its ‘Sonnets 2016’ project to commemorate the 400th year since the death of Shakespeare. Printers across the world were invited to take part by reproducing one of Shakespeare’s 154 Sonnets. Those who responded early got their pick first, with most of […]

Mail Art Project

We have a call out for a new Mail Art project with a nice long deadline (so don’t panic!). Based upon the new dictionary definition ‘post-truth’, we shall be exhibiting the results in our gallery space in October 2017. The Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year is a word or expression chosen to reflect the […]

Anna Johnson, Seventy Years

The Smallprint Co. is pleased to bring Seventy Years by Anna Johnson (Printmaker) to The Gallery, kickstarting our exciting exhibitions programme for 2017. The exhibition shows self portraits by Green Door Printmaking Studio‘s Creative Director, Anna, which have been created over the last 70 years at odd moments in time, in various media. The images are all translated […]

First Anniversary gifts

Calling all newly weds! You may be wondering what the perfect gift is to give your beloved for your first anniversary. Traditionally it is a paper gift, and cotton in America. Look no further… The Smallprint Co. will hand print the perfect paper gift for happy couples and all you have to do is supply the text. […]

The Gallery

  We’re looking forward to announcing a full schedule of exhibitions to run throughout 2017 in The Gallery, following on from Rob Chapman’s Wood Engravings. The intention of The Gallery is to show printed works but other mediums will be considered. If you would like to be considered for a show at The Gallery in […]

Gift Vouchers for the Creative Type

Are you looking for the ideal gift? Our gift vouchers are perfect for the creative person! They can be redeemed against commissions, workshops, or Smallprint’s cards and paper goods including prints… What’s not to like?! To order please fill in the form below and someone will be in touch.

Smallprint’s Open Day

To celebrate our new space and welcome friends old and new, join us for an Open Day Saturday 29th October 2016 at Friary Street, DE1 1JF RSVPs are recommended and free tickets can be found over on our Eventbrite page at http://bit.ly/TSCOD —————————– The Smallprint Company has moved premises from a small incubation unit hosted by the University of Derby […]

Railways: The Making of a Nation

A little while ago, over on our old blog site, we mentioned that the BBC had popped by to film the presses in action. We were expecting the documentary, Railways: The Making of a Nation to be aired around Christmas-time, but as it happens, it was shown on BBC1 last week. It’s a fascinating look at the […]

Creative Spaces

We’re very much looking forward to hosting workshops by other creatives in the coming months in our brand new space, The Workshop (watch this space for some exciting news)! As well as providing space for other creatives to run workshops in, the space is also available for meetings including networking and team building. More details […]

New beginnings

We’ve been working so hard over the last few weeks and we can finally see an end in sight! Hooray!!! We must say that the work could not have been achieved in the time that it has, without the help of some very generous friends and family, donating their time to splash paint on the […]

Let me show you around…

We’re starting to settle into our new home now! More importantly, we’ve started working on commissions again and it’s good to be getting back into old routines. When Chris isn’t printing, he’s sorting through the booty we brought back from Chapel. There are some amazing finds… and I’m not just talking about the type! A rat’s […]

Making progress

Our new space is in good shape overall but a little tired around the edges, so we’re decorating throughout, removing the grubby carpet and adding our own touches. Some days it feels like it’s going on forever and then we remember that we’ve only been there 3 days, a week, 2 weeks… It’s actually shaping […]

From Banks Mill to Friary Street (via Chapel-en-le-Frith)…

It’s been an absolute whirlwind over the last few weeks but it’s been such fun and we’ve been overwhelmed with the support that friends and family have given us. They are absolute stars! The actual move went as smoothly as expected (although I suspect Phil may be a little more hesitant in helping us to […]

We are moving!!

You may have noticed that we’ve been a little quiet recently! We’ve been running off-site workshops, attending events and producing many commissions and on top of this, we’ve also been working towards our biggest project to date soooo… we can finally announce to you all that we are moving!! We won’t be moving far, just around the […]

BBC4 visits the studio!

The BBC4 popped by to film some shots of the presses for a show to be aired around Christmas time recently. Railways: The Making of a Nation has a lot more to do with letterpress than you (or I) realise! Simply put, industrial centres -towns and burgeoning cities – produce something which in Derby’s case was […]

Utopia Works: A Factory

Recent project collaboration with Bullet Creative, University of Sheffield & The Open University.

Stories of Change, Utopia Works

Due to a series of fortunate events, the guys from Bullet Creative found themselves on the doorstep of Banks Mill last month, looking for a letterpress studio. Bullet were scouting out the impressive Silk Mill out for an upcoming event when, by chance, they came across The Smallprint Company. After a whistle-stop tour of the […]

A letterpress tale

The Smallprint Co. has been printing officially for just over 3 years. Unofficially, we’ve been printing in various guises for well over 20 years. We love documenting our adventures, projects including Stories of Change, events and we needed a better platform for sharing our photographs on. Let’s see how this goes… Comments welcome and enjoy!