There’s heaps of creativity in Shipley, and the Shipley Alternative brings this together in the excellent and easy to find Kirkgate Centre. Now in it’s third outing the ‘Indy Marketplace’ has really gained momentum by giving local people the chance to show off their wares. It’s not all about consuming though — as it’s a great chance to meet new people and find out what’s going on in and around the area.
If you were at the Shipley Alternative II then you’ll have seen the poster on the right being printed. Some of you will have even printed your own on our vintage Stephenson Blake proof press as part of the ‘have-a-go-printing’ activity that took place during the day. The larger ‘wilder’ type used on the poster is 100+ years old, and the smaller type being anywhere from 30-40 years old. Sometimes as printers we forget how long this stuff has been around and the amount of hands it’s been through. The thing with letterpress printing is, there’s always a story to tell, funny, sad, bad, mad — we’ve heard it all and are all the richer for it!
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