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The Proof is in the…

Chris has completed the mammoth task of picking and setting the text – now the proofing begins. Below is the mid-stage of 939 characters, a little under half way. Jamie joined Chris in the studio today to proof the text and discuss the final layout. Further amends will be made before final proofing and then…

The Progress of We Are Derby

The Progress of We Are Derby

The Progress of We Are Derby Chris is about half way through setting the type for Jamie’s poem We Are Derby, the poem inspired by Derby County Football Club and the industrial heritage of the city. He is using 10pt Granby for the main body of the text and wood type for the title. Once…

We Are Derby

We Are Derby – a poem by Jamie Thrasivoulou

Letterpress Poster Print We’re really pleased to be working in collaboration with poet Jamie Thrasivoulou in creating a limited edition print of his poem We are Derby. The poem We Are Derby is inspired by the people and heritage of Derby, Derbyshire and his shared love of Derby County Football Club. The piece is the official Derby County…

Bevelled Letters Workshop

Signwriting: Bevelled Letters Workshop

We’re really pleased to be welcoming Leicester based artist Lorna from Lesser Than Three to the studio for a brand new lettering workshop! Places are limited. Tickets and more information can be found here

© Barry Ainsworth

Photographic Evidence

Barry Ainsworth is travelling around the country documenting heritage crafts and artisan makers, and we welcomed him into our studio a few weeks ago. We attract a few photographers, letterpress and each photographer focuses on a particular aspect of the studio which is always great to see. I particularly like how Barry has captured the…


Competition Time!

We’re celebrating the launch of our new wedding inspired workshops and we want to say a huge congratulations to everyone who has got recently engaged. What better way than to launch our brand new Save the Date Letterpress Workshops?!  Such an exciting time and if you haven’t already, we’re sure that you’ll be falling headlong…

Hal A. Wright, printmaker and photographer


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

Post Truth Mail Art Project

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…