2016 Spring & Summer Letterpress Workshops
It’s taken AGES and AGES to get around to sorting these out, but finally we are able to offer a series of letterpress courses that take place at our workshop here in Sunny Shipley taking place in Spring / Summer of 2016.
We’ve been delivering workshops for over five years now, but this is the first time we’ve taken the plunge in offering them on a regular basis, with literally 1000′s items for you to get your hands on to print with on three flat bed proofing presses and a few Adana’s to boot!
Everyone is welcome – from the curious individual, to the crazed print maniac, to design agencies looking to prize their designers away from their macs for a few evenings or a few days, or maybe you just want to have some fun doing something you’ve never done before.
If this is you or that sounds like something you’d want to dive head on into, have a perusal of the courses on the link below and book yourself on.
We look forward to meeting you.
• Letterpress Workshops
Letterpress Collective Festival of Print 2015
Last year we went to Bristol for The Letterpress Collective’s first Festival of Print, and this year it returns once again for another round of printing goodness that takes in an exhibition, workshops and talks.
Last years theme was ‘The Politics of Print’ which looked at the way printing (and specifically letterpress printing) has often been used by small groups of people to gain important skills for self-realisation and agit-propaganda.
This years theme is music (so no prizes for guessing what we’re supplying) and on Saturday 23rd May at 7pm I’ll be giving a talk about what I do and how I do it in relation to…yep you guessed it…music and DIY (not MFI) which will probably include a bit of swearing.
There’s something for everyone during the course of the festival – from hands on workshops with Terry Wright, Pat Randle, Nick Hallett & Nick Hand, to a Typographic Walk of the City, Residencies from Madrid-based illustrator Olaf Laddousse and designer, Jorge Garcia plus some insanity from Olaf’s LCDD project
Plus there’s going to a be a Pizza Van and Local cider on tap for the opening night on the 22nd, so see you there.
The Festival of Print takes place from 16-27th May at Centrespace Gallery, Leonard Lane, Bristol BS1 1 EA
Images: Nick Hand
Powell Gum Takes Tooth Conor Thomas Poster for Golden Cabinet
Here’s some pictures of the Powell / Gum Takes Tooth / Conor Thomas poster.
This is the last poster I’m doing this side of summer as I’m going to Milan in June for the excellent Letterpress Workers 2015.
But there’s a rumour going around about a showing of a very interesting film on 11th July at the Kirkgate Centre, so maybe we’ll make a poster for that.
Dockfield Road Creative Arts Hub Open Day 2015
In 2014 over 200 people attended the first Dockfield Road Creative Arts Hub Open Day. What started out as a conversation between a few of the tenants ended up being a wild day of workshops, activities, food, live music and a Dalek that was seen dancing to the sounds of local DJ hero’s Boe&Lx as part of the evening’s finale.
A lot of really nice feedback came from people that attended so it was decided to do it all over again — gluttons for punishment that we are…
Sunday 3rd May 2015
2-6pm — Open Studios, Workshops, Free Kids Activities with:
— Dove Street Pottery
— Irregular Arts
— David Starley
— Pumpkin Prints
— Louise Ferne Designs
— Lucy Sangster
— Leyla Murr
— Bradford Darkroom Collective
— Jenny Painter
— Becky Kidner
— Simon Suggy
— Paperbird of Bradford
— Claire Drake
6-10.30pm — DJ’s, Live Music, Bar, BBQ with:
— DJ Bamboo - Crucial Reggae, Soul & Junglist sounds
— Reuben Wilkinson — Pop, Folk, Jazz & Country
— DJ’s Boe&Lx — Crazed beats & funked up bass for getting your wriggle on
— Nut Club — Jazz three piece powerhouse of drums, double bass & saxophone
We hope to see you there, our workshop doors will be flung open again for you to come and have a poke about and we’ll be joined by Papercut Bindery & The Linocut King again who will dazzle you with their bookbinding & printing skills, whilst we lurk around at the back trying not to be noticed (or something).
The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair Letterpress Workshop 21st March 2015
We’ll be at The Hepworth Wakefield Print Fair on Saturday 21st March with a stack of wood type and the Vandercook proofing press so you can get your hands covered in ink and print a completely unique poster, this is the real deal folks!
And get this…at 2pm “Legendary Curwen Studio printmaker Stanley Jones will be in conversation with the art historian Alan Powers about the boom in artists’ printmaking since the 1950s and collaborating with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century including Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney and Henry Moore.”
That’s mad as pants.
Also showing during the weekend are the films made by Square Eye Printing who as you will know has made a number of films about The Print Project. One of which is more revealing than the rest (!)…watch this space…
It’ll be a great weekend. See you there.
Hepworth image by the glorious Laura Slater
Karen Gwyer / Hey Colossus / Magpahi Poster for Golden Cabinet
New poster for the sold out Karen Gwyer / Hey Colossus / Magpahi gig at Golden Cabinet on 7th March.
It’ll be RAGING.
Since posting up the Anonymous Bash poster I’ve had 3 offers of jobs in the world of wallpaper design. One in Japan.
This time next year you may well be sitting on your sofa having your eyes burnt out by a wall full of madness made by me.
Until then posters are available in the Golden Cabinet Shop or at the gig, where a whole £5 is knocked off the online price.
Anonymous Bash / The Family Elan / DJ Cataclyst poster for Golden Cabinet
Should have posted this up before the gig but well you know…
I think I need to get a job designing wallpaper.
Loved doing this one — feels proper good.
Despite the rain and it being on a Sunday night this was an absolutely belting gig — great turnout and stunning sets from everyone.
But special mention goes to the amazing Anonymous Bash — featuring Charles Hayward from the legendary This Heat and various members of Gnod who when put together tore the goddamn roof off the Kirkgate Centre. It was a blast.
A few posters remain at the time of writing this blog post and you can get them at the Golden Cabinet Shop.
Leeds Print Festival 2015
Which was no mean feat, seeing as we had to enlist the moving skills of AMR to transport something in the region of 3 tonnes of equipment there and back to make sure we had enough of everything!
But it was entirely worth it — we met some amazing people, had the joy of working in Colours May Vary’s new ‘doubletruck’ space and actually saw daylight and felt it’s warmth for a change. And someone got addicted to M&S’s spicy buns.
Thanks to Becky & Andy for being such great hosts and thanks to Leeds Print Festival for making it all happen and to G.F. Smith for all the lovely Colorplan paper everyone got to print on during the week.
Thanks also to Kate Green from Square Eye Printing for the excellent time lapse video.
If you want to see more pictures of the festival, check out the amazing ones taken by Leeds based photographer Justin Slee here.
Anthroprophh / Kemper Norton / Big Naturals Golden Cabinet poster
Second in the new series of posters for Golden Cabinet.
This time composed primarily with wood type ornaments and the odd bit of Delittle Woodtype. Certain elements that began life with the Andy Stott poster carry through into this one, so there are a number of shapes that have been hand-cut and made out of scrap wood found in the workshop, amongst a load of washers and other bits and bobs.
What differs with this poster though is it it’s the first one that is printed from a standard letterpress forme, meaning each element is a block locked up in a chase with furniture, leads and quoins.
I love creating formes like this — it’s massively satisfying (which is probably a weird thing to say) but can get really annoying when the hand made blocks you have made have not been cut square so they move around during the run…
Golden Cabinet posters are available in their online shop
Andy Stott / Rainer Veil / Boe&Lx Golden Cabinet Poster
New poster for Golden Cabinet’s ‘Modern Love’ night, which marks a year since the first Golden Cabinet gig at the Kirkgate Centre and a change in format for the posters that have become something of a success much to the bewilderment of the person behind them…
They say ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’ — and whilst that rings true in many cases with the 1st year over I’d had a few months to think about how I was going to tackle ‘year 2′ AKA the ‘difficult second album’…
Much has changed but in reality, it’s business as usual. The same eye popping colours, weird shapes and fluorescent inks are all still in evidence. But keen to bring new things into the mix, the type is now set using my Ludlow Typograph (a hot metal type-casting machine, sort of like a Linotype squashed into a large kitchen unit). The type is now set in Record Gothic Medium Extended a really lovely face which whilst over 50 years old seems as fresh now as it would have done back then.
Whilst I always design with a grid in mind this was the first time I’d actually used one to define how the poster would look. Which makes it interesting when using a Ludlow slug that casts to a measure of 24ems.
Initially the plan for this series of posters is to change tack somewhat with the objects used for printing. The first series used predominantly hand-cut or laser-cut shapes made out of MDF. This time I wanted to use ‘found objects’, and bring in textures to add another dimension to the overall effect. It also means I get to mess about with power tools, as everything is cut & drilled with a variety of power saws and hand drills.
Letterpress is all about limitations, what you have and what you don’t have to print with define what you can do, and to a greater or lesser extent over the past year and a half I’ve become increasingly more interested in making visual imagery that is intended to ‘mess with your eyes’ in some way or other by combining a very new technology with a very old one.
Whilst my love of typography still remains, my interest in repetitive geometric patterns and shapes has dominated my work ever since I produced ‘Ornamental’ for Parenthesis 24.
Golden Cabinet posters are available in their online shop
Leeds Print Festival in Computer Arts
Leeds Print Festival were featured in the April 2014 edition of Computer Arts.
We get quoted (as exhibitor, HA!) alongside some of the usual suspects you may be more familiar with.
Thanks to Nick Carson for supplying the article.