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Arts & Crafts Event:Print a Giant Brico Letterform Workshop at The People Powered Press at Salts Works

Arts & Crafts Event, Sat 30 Oct 2021

Brico letterform printing © People Powered Press

Brico letterform printing © People Powered Press

Brico letterform printing © People Powered Press

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Have a go on the World Record-holding People Powered Press and take home a print featuring letterforms you've designed and printed yourself.

Try your hand at making giant letterpress prints on the largest printing press of its kind in the world, using Brico – our modular type system – to design a letter in your own, unique typeface. And you’ll be able to take your print home with you.

The pictures of prints below show just one possible style. You'll get to design your own letterform, at any set of proportions, at any size up to 100cm x 70cm*.

Brico is a collaboration between Oli Bentley of Split; designer, visual artist and printmaker Anthony Burrill; and wood type maker, designer and printer Thomas Mayo. Comprising just four shapes cut into small, square wooden blocks, it offers near endless possibilities of letter forms, weights, sizes and styles. Brico was created so that anyone might share in the joy of type design.


You’ll work in a team of four, including Oli, for three hours. Couples can attend to make one print together, or to make a matching pair, two tickets would be needed.

Working on the People Powered Press can’t be rushed – it’s a leisurely, creative process that brings people together, always provoking really interesting conversation while you’re making your prints.

You’ll design your letterform using Brico blocks on the press, ink them up and print your giant prints, guided by Oli to help you do a beautiful job.

You’ll also get to hear the whole strange tale behind the creation of the People Powered Press – designed to amplify local voices and spread words worth spreading as part of Split’s 2018 project, These Northern Types – and its accidental world record.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 30 Oct 2021 10:00 to 13:00 14:00 to 17:00




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