Friary Villas | 2-3 Friary Street | Derby | DE1 1JF | 07806 782109 | 07948 266652

About Us

Credit Kim Gribbon at Bonbon Photography

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.

You can follow our story on Facebook, twitter and instagram.

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.

Visit: www.greendoor-printmaking.co.uk

Our Eco Credentials

We don't shout about our eco credentials enough - and perhaps we should! The studio is sustainable in many ways, with vintage letterpress naturally being an environmentally viable process.

Most of our equipment has had a previous life, with the presses and equipment having been rescued in some cases and restored. The presses are all powered by hand and foot and our ability to produce short print runs means that we are naturally producing less waste too... unless you're counting the amount of choccy bars it takes to power our Master Printer!

We source recycled and FSC accredited materials wherever possible. The beautiful papers we print on are FSC accredited, cotton-based or 100% recycled and we re-use and recycle newsprint and packaging wherever possible.

We use oil-based inks which have often been rescued from commercial printers and we hand mix our inks which means that we use very little ink too. To clean down, we use vegetable oil, avoiding harsh chemicals wherever possible.

This careful and considered approach to our practise ensures high quality results that cannot be mimicked.

Work for Us

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Volunteers

Would you like to volunteer with us? A few hours a week is all that we ask for and in exchange we will train you in the art of letterpress!

Email: hello@smallprintcompany.co.uk

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Internships

We offer internships through the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham.

You must be studying at one of the universities or, in the case of the University of Derby, have graduated within the last 3 years to be eligible for these fantastic opportunities.

To find out more information, contact the careers department at the appropriate university.

 

Employability and Enterprise Hub, Atrium
Access and Further Education Centre,
University of Derby
Kedleston Road
Derby DE22 1GB
T: 01332 591080
E: access@derby.ac.uk
www.derby.ac.uk/study/careers

Work Experience Officer
Careers and Employability Service
The University of Nottingham
A14, A floor, YANG Fujia Building,
Jubilee Campus, Nottingham NG8 1BB
t: +44 (0)115 7484525 / 07970 106213
w: nottingham.ac.uk/careers