We have combined our love of typography and design with our commercial experience to explore the world of traditional letterpress print using antique presses, original type, beautiful papers and hand mixed inks.

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 April 2014 we moved into Studio 0.2 at Banks Mill, an incubation hub for creative businesses - and right next door to our friends Green Door Printmaking Studio. 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.

In September 2016 we made the leap to our very own independent studios near the centre of Derby and expanded our services to include a gallery space, shop and creative work space for hire.

With Chris’s print apprenticeship (he won the Hawthorn 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.

We LOVE letterpress!

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Need help or advice?
Call us on 07806 782109
or email us on hello@smallprintcompany.co.uk
One of our clients, Kieran Harrod, made a little film of his business cards being printed, which can be viewed to the left.

"Shows the process which is relatively simple but takes the care and patience of a dedicated craftsman."

- Blog and video by Kieran Harrod, derby.graphics

Green Door Printmaking Studio

We’ve been involved with Green Door for several years, both as members of the studio and as volunteers. We’ve learned new printmaking techniques under Green Door’s tutelage to develop our private work. We’ve also had the opportunity to take part in several regional and international print exchanges and exhibitions.

It’s a great place to come together with like-minded (some might say, print-obsessed!) people to exchange ideas.

Visit: www.greendoor-printmaking.co.uk

The Smallprint Company
Friary Villas
2-3 Friary Street
Derby, DE1 1JF

07806 782109 | 07948 266652


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