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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!