The Morley College Printmaking & Bookbinding department has a London-wide reputation for technical excellence and inspirational teaching. With three well-appointed studios, we offer a fantastic range of printmaking, bookbinding and book arts courses, from courses for complete beginners such as Printmaking Beginners and Three Artists’ Books in Three Weeks, to longer courses on which students can take the time to explore personal projects, make work for exhibition, to build portfolios and develop the experience and expertise to make applications to world renowned colleges such as the Royal College of Art and Camberwell School of Art.
If you join a course here at Morley you will have access to excellent facilities and specialist equipment but will also find yourself part of a community of like -minded artists and creative people, with opportunities to take part in exciting projects and internal and external exhibiting opportunities. Friendships and working relationships made at Morley continue for years!
Our Printmaking Tutors are experienced artists and professionals; they exhibit work regularly, they are constantly trying out new ideas and techniques which inform their teaching, and as part of the printmaking life of London are well placed to offer help and guidance to students at any stage of their printmaking careers- just starting out or experienced and technically demanding.
With a strong commitment to excellent teaching and learning and to expanding the knowledge and experience of our students, the department hosts talks and demonstrations, with a popular Christmas Do the highlight of the year when students and staff come together to see what each are doing. Examples of projects led by tutors in the last year include working with recycled materials to make large prints, responding to a theme The Planets, to make a department box set of prints, and a Summer Postcard project in which over 50 students and staff exchanged postcards on the theme of climate change.
The department offers printmaking processes from traditional intaglio, lithography and relief printing to photo and digital processes including photo etching, photopolymer and photo-litho. We are committed to exploring sustainable options in print and bookbinding and tutors encourage safe working practices. You will learn a lot about professional practice and lots of working methods, experience that will enable you to become more independent in your own work.
Tutors in the bookbinding department have considerable professional experience working in museum and library conservation and commercial bookbinding studios. Classes in the department cover repair and conservation, learning and making traditional book structures and enclosures from the simple to more complex, to more creative projects rebinding classic books and Artists Books, Pop Up Books and beautiful Japanese bindings. Students come to the department from libraries and archives, from businesses, as artists or simply to repair and rebind family heirlooms or grandchildren’s favourite books.
We also bring together Bookbinding and Japanese Woodcut in our popular course on Monday evenings.
Whatever your starting point, Morley Printmaking & Bookbinding offers the right course. If you have any questions our courses or would like advice to choose the right one, please contact Programme Manager Michelle Avison
Equipment / Facilities
A laser cutter is a recent addition to our equipment and we are enjoying the opportunities this offers to explore the place where traditional and digital techniques come together.
- Rochat Etching Press: Bed size 130 x 81cm
- Star wheel Etching Press Greig: Bed Size 108 x 38cm
- Bendini Intaglio Press- used for Collagraph and larger Relief Printing: Bed size 142 x 70cm
- Offset Litho Press: 69 x 48cm
- Direct Stone Litho Press: Bed size 80 x 60cm, stones available in a large variety of sizes up to 52 x 42cm
- Adana (typesetting press) 3” x 5”
- Albion Relief Printing Press: Bed size 71 x 56cm/ printing area 61 x 46cm
- Small Albion Printing Press: Bed size 53 x 38cm/ printing area 45x 30cm
- Large hotplate
- A3 scanner & printer
- 2 x Apple Mac Desktop Computers/ up to date Adobe software
- Photo exposure unit: 76 x 65cm
- Laser cutter: Bed size 55 x 27cm
Printmaker in Residence: Hannah Machover
Our Printmaker in Residence is a short 8 week residency for an MA Printmaking student from Camberwell UAL. We have been collaborating with Camberwell over the last couple of years, and this residency supports an MA student during their study leave period, to continue their work, learn new skills and learn from our team of fantastic tutors and students. Hannah will give a talk and at the end of the residency, and donate one of each print to the department archive.
Currently exploring the work of Edward Bawden, Hannah is working closely with our librarian Elaine Andrews and her work will respond to that research. Find out more about Hannah here.
Our first Artist in Residence Ellen very Witley is now in her second year at Camberwell and recently gave a talk to our students about her work and the prints she made on the residency. The collaboration provides a great link between our students and the Camberwell MA programme, offers an opportunity to learn about progression routes and elevates the conversation about contemporary printmaking in the department.
If you study Printmaking at Morley there are opportunities to exhibit work in the College’s exhibition spaces including the Barry Till Gallery, the Cardew Space, and the Morley Gallery.
Carol Wilhide Justin is a printmaker specialising in Japanese Woodcut. She learned the technique on a residency to the famous MI-Lab in Fujikawaguchiko from Japanese senseis.
On her return, she gained a place on the MA Print programme of the prestigious Royal College of Art. This gave her a chance to explore her understanding of the medium and make her own experiments with graduated cutting and viscosity printing
Pam Ware is a student on our Bookbinding and Printmaking courses. Read her Morley story here.