Summer 2014 Letterpress Workshops
We’ll soon be announcing some very tasty letterpress workshops which will be taking place at our premises in Shipley during the summer months of 2014.
Details will be posted on the blog shortly, but if you’d like to register your interest in the meantime, you can email us here: info [at] theprintproject [dot] co [dot] uk
The Sparrow Letterpress Special Exhibition
‘The Letterpress Special’ took place at The Sparrow in Bradford and was a joint exhibition between Dennis Gould & The Print Project and curated by Rose Borthwick (cheers Rose!).
The opening night was ace, free booze, Dennis doing poetry and live improv jazz provided by Seth Bennett & friends.
As you can see I failed miserably to take any decent photos.
Dennis’ & my work was split between the two levels of the pub, so you could drink booze and have a gander at a feast at letterpress printing that is far from traditional from wherever you were sat / slumped.
It runs until the end of May when Thread Fest pulls into town.
Leeds College of Music Exhibition
As part of Leeds Print Festival 2014, I was asked to put up a little exhibition of my work in the hospitality suite next to the main auditorium at Leeds College of Music.
The exhibition runs for an entire year (basically it comes down when Leeds Print Festival 2015 arrives).
I didn’t take ANY good photos of it, so if you’re curious, go down and have a look.
A long overdue update about letterpress printing in a small town in West Yorkshire
Hmm. Where to start?
Despite the neglected state of this website – we are busier than ever following a big move back in April/May to the new workshop on Dockfield Road in Shipley.
We held a low key opening party for this back in July – a stack of friends/family & people we’ve done work for turned up, drank free beer, rummaged through my drawers and printed their little hearts out on the proof presses. Good friend and printer Dennis Gould came up and preached the printing gospel and we all went home slightly the worse for wear. Next time we might just have a big rave.
We went to Glastonbury – to do the GLASTONBURY FREE PRESS, which was absolutely insane but incredibly good fun, we lost count of how many posters we printed, as it literally ended up being ‘letterpress printing on demand’ — a term that didn’t exist before (or after!) the festival. Little did we know that the wood type posters we took & made up on site would end up being the smash hit of the Press. My ‘I Love the Smell of Ink & Paper‘ poster has now been reprinted in so many colour ways I can’t recall them all. Anyway —we’ll be back next year so see you there.
I did a talk at LEEDS COLLEGE of ART — where I swore quite a bit —it was an updated version of the one I did at Leeds Print Festival earlier in the year but this time with added fluorescent things to touch and feel. Apparently it went very well…
There was an exhibition at WEST YORKSHIRE PRINT WORKSHOP with Oldfield Press which was really nice.
There was a Print Exhibition at the KIRKGATE CENTRE with a whole host of other talented people involved with printing which was an honour.
SMALL TOWN INK came and went and it was absolutely mad – a massive queue all day long of people eager to get a print on. Can’t beat seeing people wondering around Leeds carrying their prints…!
NO FLY POSTERS took a dramatic turn when some of my hero’s ended up in the same exhibition as me (that’s the only time I’m going to say that, OK), Wim Crouwel, Build, Spin, Hey Studio & Stefan Sagmeister?! Bloody hell.
In amongst all of that there’s been a number of workshops all over the place, the regular ones at WEST YORKSHIRE PRINT WORKSHOP are going strong (book here), as well as others at SALTAIRE ARTS TRAIL, BRADFORD SCIENCE FESTIVAL, DERBY QUAD SELF PUBLISHING FAIR, Lee Goater’s FACES exhibition and the LONDON CENTRE for BOOK ARTS.
FACES was a really funny and beautifully heartwarming exhibition by friend Lee Goater, if you got an invite or did some printing on the opening night — that was our fault!
We went to the now legendary WHITTINGTON PRESS Open Day aka ‘PRESSTIVAL’ and did a stall alongside friends Print for the Love of Wood, Dennis Gould, The Elrod Press & Nomad, which was a great honour, though the hangover the next day was not so.
We’ll be at SHEFFIELD PRINT FAIR doing a demo on 16th November with the Vandercook proofing press, come and say hello. There’s a Facebook event here
I’ll also be doing workshop with PAPERCUT BINDERY for the local Womens Institute soon, finally…we have arrived! Really looking forward to that!
And speaking of PAPERCUT BINDERY we worked together on a really ace little book of poetry by Ralph Dartford for the OSSET OBSERVER called ‘Cigarettes Beer & Love’ alongside old friends Sharon & Tony Shephard, and that was marvellous! And to top it off the work of the tireless Osset Observer has now resulted in winning CCLA Towns Trailblazer Award 2013!! Well done!!
Got a specially commissioned print in HINTERLAND, Colours May Vary’s celebration of wild and weird folklore in collaboration with LORD WHITNEY, can’t wait to see it, it’s got a frame and everything! And it’s also to celebrate CMV’s first year in business as the best book/design shop in Leeds run by two really ace people who have an excellent sense of humour!
We are doing some OPEN STUDIOS with friends Dove Street Pottery, Alice Fox, Catryn Henderson & Papercut Bindery on 17th & 30th November & 8th December. Come have a visit and buy something amazing for xmas! We are open from 11-4pm and there will be tea, coffee and cake. Address is here. There’s no website for this just a Facebook page here
Volume III of LEEDS PRINT FESTIVAL in January (24th – 31st 2014) will blow your socks off, and we’ll get you covered in ink for free. Keep an eye out for updates from them, it’s going to be bezerk, I kid you not.
COLOURS MAY VARY & LEEDS GALLERY are now stocking some of the large prints, thanks!
And in amongst that we’ve done some amazing work for Lee Goater, Split Design, Feral Tapes, Rabbit Hole, Golden Cabinet, Passport, Delve Magazine, Leeds Loves Food, Eskimo Creative, Formula Studio, Feast of Tentacles, The Beautiful Meme, Taylors of Harrogate, Ossett Observer, The Tourism Network, That Old Chestnut and so many more I can’t keep track! We love you!
Oh and I guess we need a new website — been using Twitter & Tumblr a lot recently, so check those out for more frequent random bits of news. Facebook works too.
So I think that will do for now. It’s quite a big post and there’s probably some blogging etiquette I have just broken but y’know who cares? If you want to read this you will and if you don’t, see you later!
PS – We DON’T do Wedding Invites.
Kirkgate Centre Print Exhibition
Pleased to have been asked to put some work in an exhibition to showcase local printmakers at The Kirkgate Centre, as you can see I’ve stuck in No Fly Posters, Ornamental & No One Said it Would be Easy.
It opens on the 14th July 2013, where you can drop in, have a mooch, lurk in the cafe or maybe even buy something…
Either way, it’ll be great. See you there.
The Kirkgate Centre, Shipley, BD18 3EH.
Glastonbury Free Press
As of tomorrow (25th June 2013) we will be stuck in a field doing a spot of printing at Glastonbury as part of The Glastonbury Free Press, surrounded by 100,000 people. You are welcome to drop by (but please don’t all come at once!).
We will be shut until 2nd July and any emails received during this time will be answered on our return.
The Print Project at Small Town Ink
PUSHING TRADITIONAL PRINT IN A NEW DIRECTION
Specialised, heart-warming and unique, traditional print is making a resurgence amongst young designers who have hit saturation point with the computer. Taking design back to its roots SMALL TOWN INK is hosting a traditional print day at the University of Leeds on Wednesday 24th April.
Promoted to introduce and educate young designers in traditional printing methods, this free event will include the chance to use letterpress equipment supplied by The Print Project and Richard Lawrence, who will both be giving workshops throughout the day, mixed in with talks on traditional printing methods. The day will also include a print exhibition showcasing work from a variety of local print makers, as well as a print fair to browse and pick up some fantastic pieces of work. Local workshops and studios will also be attending, providing information on what resources are available in the local area if you want to experience print for yourself.
Promoter of the event Vicky White says, “It is worrying that many educational establishments are beginning to cut down on traditional printing methods in favour of digital techniques, especially with an increasing interest in more personal hand crafted design. Young designers are desperately searching for answers as to how the distinctive and unique elements of traditional print come about and what resources are available to them in their local area. The SMALL TOWN INK print day hopes to help answer these questions, whilst celebrating and introducing more designers to the incredible world of print”.
For more details and information contact Vicky White at SMALL TOWN INK.
Legendary Wakefield Bands
We were recently invited to make a series of postcards to celebrate the work of legendary Wakefield DIY bands of yesteryear. A series of letterpress postcards featuring the lyrics of bands such as Dugong, and Pylon are to go on show at the Wakefield Orangery between 17th September to 2nd November.
The Print Project meets The Accidental Hoarder
The Print Project were recently interviewed by The Accidental Hoarder. Have a read over here. Thanks Sarah!
Big Presses, Big Prints.
Some people go nuts for motorbikes, trains, cars, plants, tractors etc. Others go nuts for Big Presses, Big Prints.
Linotype The Film: London Premiere
“This feature-length documentary is centred around the Linotype typecasting machine invented by Ottmar Mergenthaler in 1886. Called the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ by Thomas Edison, the machine revolutionised printing. The film tells the surprisingly emotional story of the people connected to Linotype and how this new technology changed the world.
This is Doug Wilson’s first film, but he comes to it with an extensive knowledge of graphic design and letterpress printing, and the experience of working as a university typography instructor.
The film will be showing as part of GFSmith’s Beauty in the Making event on Thursday 26th April at 5:30pm.”
Film premiere tickets:
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Beauty in the making, Celebrating artistry in creative processes
23—27 April 2012
Victoria House Basement
Unit 6, 37-63 Southampton Row
London WC1B 4DA
De Little Woodtype
I was digging around on the internet late one night (as you do) and dug up this interesting little story about the De Little wood type factory in York. What makes the De Little story more incredible is that it shut it’s doors in 1997. The entire archive is now part of the Type Museum, which is sadly not open to the public at present.
Then this one was found by David Wolske of the Letterpress Daily
Unless I’m mistaken there’s very little publicly available documentation on British Type Foundries – with the notable exception of The Last of the English Typefounders book about Stephenson Blake. A recent post on the UK Letterpress Flickr Forum requesting information about 2 colour type resulted in this document by Ben Kiel about wood type manufacture in the UK. It’s no longer available to read on his website so I’m posting it here for anyone whose curious — it’s a really interesting read.
Days out in the Letterpress Scrapyard
The week before Christmas, we had a tip-off about a closing letterpress shop in a mysterious Yorkshire location. It was a decades-old place, once run by a man in his eighties, with plenty to salvage. They had plenty of type, blocks, and everything else the letterpress aficionado needs, or so went the rumour we’d heard. You can’t say no to an offer like that, so we jumped in the car and hopped to it. Where was it? It’s hard to say exactly. It was very rainy, and my sat-nav kept trying to make me drive through a row of houses. But we found the place eventually, upstairs from a narrow little house in a narrow little back street. “This place,” we were told by the man’s son, “used to be a thriving business in the seventies.” When he’d been first set to work there at the age of 26, thirty or so years ago, they’d had six people working in the print shop, a space the size of a generous box room. There were two people compositing, he and his dad locking up, and two people printing and finishing. One time, a woman in a rush to finish a job quickly had put her hand in the platen press to retrieve a falling envelope, and got her fingers caught. “We haven’t used that press since the 90s,” the son said. “There’s no money in it these days.” But what a gem of a place it was. Under stacks of paper and old set-up printing jobs from the old days, we kept finding gems. Dozens of chases, and three boxes of old printing blocks; buckets of quads, and quoins and mini-quoins and quoin keys lying around everywhere; high jumbles of furniture that almost covered the windows. Down in the bottom corner of the room were cabinets and cabinets of type, and a press thick with dust that had started gathering from the last time it had been used. “Can we move in tomorrow?” we asked. Unfortunately, the option of moving into the print shop as is was not open to us. There were plenty of treasures to be seen, though, and we spent a happy hour looking through type and lead to find things we wanted – and there was plenty of it… As if that wasn’t enough for a fine letterpress day out, there was yet more fun to be had afterwards. We had an appointment to pick up an 8×5 Adana, donated to us by a lady we met at the Manchester & Salford Anarchist Book Fair. It wasn’t seeing a lot of use and she was keen for it to go to somebody who would get to work with it – which we definitely will. Jumping back in the car, we headed across to the Wrong Side of the Pennines to get it. It was being stored in an artists’ studio in an old mill. As a bonus to the press itself, there was some paper, loads of instruction books, and lots of little trays of type. It was all stuff that will get put to use. The portable stuff will mean that we’ll be able to offer letterpress workshops at some point in the future… keep watching for more news on that. We came home extremely tired but very excited, with a portable press and several sets of cool new printing blocks to our name. Special thanks to Tess for the donation, and to Jim at Pool Arts for helping us out. You can be assured that the Adana will see plenty of use by us in the future!