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Before we get on to the School of Print, let’s talk about Nottingham for a sec. I’ve said it many times before, but I love love love Nottingham. I’m not originally from this city, but I moved here 3 years ago for work and I’ve come to really see it as home. In particular, Nottingham’s creative scene is awesome – it even has the highest concentration of independent businesses in the UK, outside of London! I’ve really started immersing myself in this scene more over the past few months (did you see my news about the seminar I’m hosting with Nottingham Etsy?).

Nottingham’s latest addition… the School of Print at Dizzy Ink

One of the latest additions to the Creative Quarter is the Nottingham School of Print, run by Dizzy Ink. This weekend, I stopped by their official opening day for a taster workshop on risograph printing. It was fun! I’ve wanted to try my hand at printing techniques for ages, so this was a great chance to get stuck in.

Nottingham School of Print at Dizzy Ink workshopNottingham School of Print at Dizzy Ink workshop

The workshop started with us (that being myself, and 7 other printing newbies) being asked to sketch something onto a piece of paper. I was a bit late to the party, so had to scribble something down extra skin care fast. What came to mind first? A bow tie and tux! After getting my idea down on paper, and deciding on a colour scheme of teal and purple, it was time to get printing…

Our guide (Benjamin) took the wheels with the risograph printer. He first arranged our sketches carefully so that they would print in the right way, then fed them into the machine. (Don’t ask me how it works – all I know is it’s more eco friendly than normal printers, and the colours are much more rich! To learn more about risograph printing, check out this article). After a few trial prints, we were each given a fully printed piece of card to cut and fold into a little booklet. I love it! All of our designs overlapped, to form unexpected patterns and blended colours. It was creativity at it’s best: fun, messy, fast paced, spontaneous and collaborative. Sometimes it’s best to just get stuck in and enjoy the process, rather than worry about the finished piece!

Nottingham School of Print at Dizzy Ink workshop Nottingham School of Print at Dizzy Ink workshop

Thanks to the guys at Dizzy Ink for hosting the workshop. If you’re in Nottingham and are interested in the School of Print, you can check them out in Cobden Place, or visit their site here. – Mike.