I recently had the lovely people from Brighton Doctoral College come to the Lucky Budgie studio for a team building day, all 12 of them! It was a bit of a squeeze but it turned out really well. We had three teams of four people collaborating, one poster per team... writing words, choosing type, setting chases, proofing designs, choosing colours & printing the final poster designs on the mighty Vandercook, with a slap up lunch at the Jerwood Gallery in between. We also made some rather random postcards on the hand proof press. I had such a good time I forgot to take photos, doh!

The studio can accommodate a maximum of 12 people plus myself & Ernie. The day runs from 10am-4pm with an hour for lunch. All materials & refreshments are included. 

If you'd like more information & prices please email me here: chirp@luckybudgie.com or ring 07786 071703. 

Greetings grapple fans!

Last week we fired up the Landrover & went to print with the 'crown jewels' of wood type in the infamous press room at Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft. We set a poster that you can print on the proof press on Saturday 20th Sept, the first anniversary since their refurbishment. Entry to the museum is free & there will be a host of pop-up shops too, so please come along & join in the #artcraftparty. We're looking forward to printing posters, eating cake & drinking beer with you.

We can't reveal what the poster looks like, it's a closely guarded secret, so... you'll just have to come & crank the handle for yourself & see what comes out!

Here's the wood type we used to get the press running sweetly. Gill sans! Gill sans!! As BIG as yer 'aaaands...


I'll have a P please, Eric.


Dogs aren't allowed in the museum so Ernie will stay home & be drip fed a calming cocktail of valium & Birds custard. Ernie's stunt double for the day will be the very able Mr Thomas Appleton, stone carver & tip top type-picker. The poster would never have been set in one afternoon without his valuable input.



SEE YOU ON THE 20TH SEPT 11am-10pm



Photograph of Thomas © Nathaniel Hepburn
Photographs of Pea © djbrass
Photgraphs of Ernie & the press room © Pea