Thursday, 17 April 2014

A new addition to our letterpress family

You can now find us in Studio 0.2 in Banks Mill, Bridge Street, Derby DE23. We are working alongside Green Door Printmaking Studio and supported by the Evolve team. The new space has allowed us to acquire 'new' equipment (new to us, but seriously vintage in the eyes of well, everyone).

We'll be posting some background history on our Squintani but in the meantime, here she is!

Squintani Model no. 6 treadle press

Saturday, 5 April 2014

The Smallprint Company Open Day

To celebrate moving into our studio we'll be holding an Open Day on Saturday, April 26th, from 12pm, along with Green Door Printmaking Studio.

It's a long-held desire to have a studio and it's finally seeing fruition. We'd love you to share in our excitement and see the studio for yourselves. We'll be on hand to talk about our letterpress equipment and discuss anything and everything to do with letterpress... Everyone is welcome!

You will find us in Studio 0.2, Banks Mill, Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LB.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Grand designs: The Smallprint Company is moving!

If anyone thought we were a little quiet recently, this is the reason why... 

We can finally announce that our little studio is going to be housed in Banks Mill. We will become a part of a thriving creative community of businesses and be situated next door to Green Door Printmaking Studio.

We're thrilled to be working alongside Green Door's Anna & Pan and we'll finally have a dedicated space, allowing us to expand our services! We'll continue to offer our commission service and we can now also offer letterpress shadowing services to our clients and Green Door members and extend our workshop timetable. It also means we can now take delivery of a much bigger treadle press - a Squintani! - and have an improved meeting area to discuss projects with clients.

Once we're settled into the studio we'll be announcing an open day and launch party. Visitors can pop along for a chat with us and have a good squint at our Squintani!

Watch this space for more news and updates, including our trip to Manchester to bring 'Squinty' home with us as well as some background info on the Squintani itself...

Banks Mill, Bridge St, Derby
The move does mean that our services will be disrupted and we will do our utmost to keep this to a minimum. We will honour all current commissions and will have them despatched before we move studio. The studio will then be on down time for a maximum of two weeks whilst we prepare our new studio, move our equipment in and get ready for the next stage in our business. This is currently scheduled as being between Monday April 14th and Friday 25th April. We will continue to monitor emails and all messages will be dealt with promptly.

Any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch via email or by mobile: 07806 782109 or 07948 266652

Bridge Street, walking from Friargate in Derby

Banks Mill on a beautiful Spring morning!

Monday, 10 March 2014

Vintage & Quirky fair in the Peaks

You will find us at this fabulous Derbyshire Peaks event in Beeley village on Sunday 16th March. 

Beeley is on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate making it a fabulous Spring excursion, especially if recent weather holds up! 

Beeley village, near Chatsworth

Monday, 3 March 2014

New handset letterpress wedding stationery designs

We attended the stunning The Vintage Wedding Fayre in Worcester at the weekend and launched some new wedding designs which were well received!

We can work with you to create a design or you can supply a design for us to hand print... the choice is yours!

River Song



Saturday, 22 February 2014

Latest acquisitions and wedding fayres

It's been a busy old time recently. We've produced wedding invitations for clients, using our designs as well as working with designers, we're building up a portfolio for our first wedding fayre in Worcester next week with The Vintage Wedding Fayre company, we're organising a new studio space and Chris is soon going to be banned from ebay as we have acquired more letterpress equipment and type. Phew!!

Design by Hello printed on Cranes Lettra (600 gsm)
We're currently working on two services for the wedding market: Our tailor made service, Gold, in which you can select from a range of designs and have the stationery personalised to your occasion or we offer our bespoke service, Platinum, in which we work with you to create a truly individual design, created around their specifications. 

A forme set up to print a new range of Save the Dates
We can't say much more about our new studio at the moment, but it's true to say that we are VERY excited about it! We shall keep you posted as things are formalised. 

Chris has hopped onto ebay and purchased a type cabinet complete with trays of type which turned out to be a real treasure trove of letterpress goodies. We've then got to work out the whens, hows and wherefores of collecting a lovely old compositors table from Peterborough. Not to mention a huge press that needs re-siting from London. Good problems to have though.

Car booty