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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…

Industrial Heritage at Nottingham Industrial Museum

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…

Wood Engravings by Rob Chapman

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…

Farhad Berahman, photographer

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

Coptic Binding Workshop

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…

Letterpress Composition

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…