When William Caxton brought the printing press to England, it revolutionised the way books were made. No longer did each word have to be painstakingly hand written, and no longer were they so expensive that only the ridiculously rich could afford them. Books were finally available to a wider audience.
The letterpress worked by pressing ink-stained wood or metal blocks onto a surface, and while no longer used for commercial purposes, it is now considered an artisan that creates beautifully tactile art.
The New North Press is a print press in East London. Surprisingly, the business is not an old survivor from back in the days, but relatively recent, having been established in 1986. Their aim is simple, but not necessarily easy: keep letterpress printing alive.
One of the ways they do this is by creating public interest through workshops. They believe the key to the craft's survival is by passing on the knowledge. New North Press's next workshops are on the 6th & 12th December with further classes in the new year. Lessons are £108 or £72 for students. From 10am - 5.30pm you will get a hands-on experience, learning about composition (placing the letter blocks) and printing. You will get to go home with a print of what you have created.