Made By Mrs M

Letterpress Printing with Inky & The Beast

Kate Marsden

Many many moons ago Jen Wright (of Inky & The Beast) and I decided to work on a run of collaborative letterpress prints featuring my illustrations of the National Theatre in London. Life got in the way however and this never got past the initial planning stage. Several years (and in Jen’s case twins) later and she’s closing Inky & The Beast to focus on her new creative coaching business Silly Heart. So when Jen sent out her “I’m closing, last chance to book workshops” email I replied instantly and crossed my fingers that I’d be able to make one of the remaining dates.


Fortunately I was able to, and just over a week ago I headed down to Jen’s studio in Epsom with my friend Tamsin Lucy who I met via Carshalton Artists. Our 3.5 hour workshop flew by in a rush of tea and possibly over ambitious plans on my part! We had a fantastic time though and were both really happy with the results of our efforts.


I’d opted to have plates produced in advance of the workshop by Lyme Bay Press as I wanted to use my illustration of Number One Croydon - I was a little nervous about this as I really had no idea what I was doing when ordering them, but the combination of the expertise of Lisa at Lyme Bay Press and Jen meant that I had working plates!


I produced quite a few prints - some plain, some with my polka dots, and some bookmarks (which might actually be my favourite thing!) and certainly got value for money when it came to raiding Jen’s paper stash! Tamsin made some beautiful cards which you can see over on her Instagram.


So sadly you won’t be able to book a workshop with Jen now as her remaining slots are fully booked - do head over and support her new venture though (and join her first event on 27 April).

I’ve put some little packs of my Croydon letterpress prints together and these are now available in my shop.