Introduction

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Studio B is a letterpress printing workshop established in 2004, founded by Carl Middleton. It aims to celebrate and maintain the heritage of letterpress printing through use. The contents of the workshop have been gathered together over three decades of collecting and culminate in one of the largest collections of antique wood type in Somerset.

We are part of a wider fraternity of letterpress printers who value the process enough to privately invest in it and to promote its qualities wherever possible. A process where we all hope to protect and conserve a key component in the evolution of media and communication.

At Studio B we compose, set, ink and print with movable type – making modern graphic treatments using traditional printing processes.

Our work is held in both public and private collections across the globe and currently on display in Ireland – National Print Museum (Dublin), in the United States at Hamilton Type Museum (Wisconsin) and in the permanent collection in London at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

Today Studio B is a busy print workshop offering services including short courses and occasional bespoke printing. Work carried out in the studio ranges from traditional letterpress printing, experimental typo/graphic work and fine art editioning.

Our future plans are to construct a much larger workshop space (as we have already outgrown this one). At present the new studio space is only a large rectangular excavation in the ground – stage two will be casting the foundations and a concrete floor slab – fingers crossed this will happen some time during 2018 / 2019…

Our print collection has grown (and continues to grow) from an initial interest in letterpress and a small collection of wood type gathered whilst living in central London and has now amassed to a huge collection (including some rather large printing presses). In its time it has moved from a number of houses in London to north Devon and finally residing in our latest residence in Somerset.

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After a recent invitation to Essex (in October 2018) our collection has increased by another four cabinets of type (100 cases of metal). After a rather long road trip it has all be collected and safely delivered without a letter being damaged. A huge thanks to John Spencer for gifting this to us. It includes some lovely large Perpetua (60 and 72 point), Bell, Times New Roman, Gill Extra Bold and many, many more. We look forward to getting our hands dirty with ink and cataloguing this new acquisition very soon.

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If you were wondering about the strange name of this website, it simply relates to the serial number of the largest printing press in the studio – a Soldan Proof Press 121:121. One of only three known presses of its kind still in use in the UK.

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For more details about workshops, printing or if you are just interested in the history of letterpress and would like to arrange a visit please contact Studio B – by telephone 01823 401 302 or email carlmiddleton@neatdesign.org

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Studio B – Silver Street – Milverton TA4 1LA

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Studio B - cleaning in progress - Charlie the paper hoover

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Health & Safety in the workshop

Charlie the pug is always at hand, hard at work keeping the studio spotlessly clean.

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