Letterpress Workshop (with TYPESETTINGSG) SATURDAY 22 JUN

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Regular price $75.00 SGD

Letterpress Workshop


Step into the world of letterpress printing and typography in this beginner- friendly workshop! Learn the basics of this traditional printing method and how to operate a proofing press. During the session, you'll get hands-on experience printing with wood types and create your own quote poster to take home.

This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in the timeless art of letterpress printing.

What to Expect:

  • Open to All Levels: All are welcome!
  • Techniques and Principles: 
    Learn the basics letterpress printing and typography
  • Lesson breakdown:
    • Introduction to the mechanics behind letterpress printing
    • Introduction to basic typography
    • Design your quote using various wood types
    • Printing of your quote using the proofing press


  • Date & Time: 22nd June, Sat 1pm -3.30pm
  • Location: 62A Arab Street Singapore 199759
  • Fees & Duration: $75/ 2.5hrs
  • All Materials Provided


The start of modern printing was introduced by the Missionaries from London Missionary Society in 1823 with the setting up of the Mission Press by both Claudius Henry Thomsen and Samuel Milton. The Mission Press closed down in Singapore in 1846, the set up was relocated to China but printing activities continues. The earliest English newspaper started in 1824, Singapore Chronicle, earliest Chinese weeklies Tifang Jih Pao (地方日报; Local News) in 1845 and Jit Sheng (日升; Rising Sun) in 1858 and as well as Chermin Mata, a Malay (Jawi) quarterly journal (from 1858). The printing method Letterpress remain as the main printing method up till the 80s when major newspaper transit to phototypesetting and later on desktop publishing. No museum nor space were set up dedicating to this form of printing. As a country with multilingual population, letterpress printing in Singapore was undertaken with various language in Jawi, Tamil, Latin Alphabets and Chinese types, thus giving it an unique letterpress setup, with the Chinese types in a standing type case and the western types in a drawer cabinet.
Typesettingsg began as a personal project in that aimed to preserve and promote traditional letterpress in Singapore, focusing mainly on moveable types for all printings. The studio was established in early 2014 as an educational hub to share this form of printing and its history with a wider audience as well as the design community. We conduct letterpress typesetting workshops, letterpress talks and rental of our studio press for individuals or communities who are interested in letterpress and its history. With our movable types, we are also able to conduct customised printing for functions, events and school workshop. 

The studio has save and accumulate a wide range of Singapore printing heritage, printing presses, Chinese metal types, printing tools to printed specimens and letterpress related books from 1930s. House over 13 printing press, over 150 fonts and borders in varies sizes.

A member of the International Association of Printing Museums.