The Smallprint Company - Design & Letterpress

“Modern hand printed letterpress paper goods.”

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About The Smallprint Company - Design & Letterpress

The Smallprint Company - Design & Letterpress

All things letterpress... Workshops, commissions, paper goods

The Smallprint Company is run by Hannah and Chris Barker. We met at art college many moons ago and discovered in each other a mutual ambition to run a print studio. After several years in the print and publishing industries we finally purchased our first press, an Adana, in early 2013...

In April 2014 we moved into Studio 0.2 at Banks Mill, an incubation hub for creative businesses. We acquired a beautiful, and it appears rare, Squintani Model no.6 treadle press, and restored it to full working order and we continue to add to our collection as opportunities arise (or when Chris persuades Hannah...).

Then in August 2016 we moved in to our very first independent studio on Friary Street in Derby! We now have LOTS of room for letterpress plus space for guest workshops and exhibitions, which is really exciting!

With Chris’s print apprenticeship (he won the Rigby Apprentice of the Year award y'know!) and years of experience in the print and design industry, we provide a tailor made experience for anyone looking to turn their ideas into gorgeous letterpress print. We offer several additional services including our illustration service and hand finished edge gilding. We render your special places as pen and ink drawings, turning them into stunning printed images. We also love to create maps, motifs and monograms for a striking finish to complete the look.

Alongside the wedding and business stationery commissions and paper goods you see on here, we run workshops both large and small, and give demos and talks. We also attend several events throughout the year where you might just see us demonstrating letterpress and selling our wares.... if you do, come and have a chat!

Prior to The Smallprint Co, we published the odd commission-based multiple edition. Initially operating as Smallprint Publications we worked notably with the artist Dean Kelland on his Landmarks series. We continued to practise printmaking purely for pleasure, as members of Green Door Printmaking Studio, participating in the odd print exchange and exhibition.

You can follow our story and get more information on our workshops here [] or over on our facebook page []

One of our clients, Kieran Harrod, made a little film of his business cards being printed, which can be viewed here []

We LOVE letterpress!