Saturday, 23 October 2010

Robert Smails Letterpress

I haven't made sheets of paper for years. I have done my version, that I call paper felting and lots of paper pulp work with students, but it was an absolute treat to be able to make really fine linen paper, in the company of some lovely people, especially Joanne B Kaar. I also learnt some history, for I knew nothing of the venue of this workshop, except it was close to where I used to live.
The workshop was held for Robert Smail's Printing Press, Innerleithen, the last working Victorian printing press in Scotland. It is a gem of working history and somewhere I hope to visit often, especially if they continue to run such wonderful workshops as today's.

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