There is a real joy in creating something unexpected from a simple idea. That notion is echoed throughout issue five, be it an Argentinian artist bringing together a series of small printed pieces to create a breathtaking letterpress sculpture, or printmakers using overheard phrases as a jumping off point to create imagined worlds and bold poster prints.
This limited edition chapbook is accompanied by a beautiful linoleum block illustration by Lana Lambert. The poems are hand-set in Bembo, newly cast in metal by The Bixler Letterfoundry. The book is letterpress printed on Emily Hancock’s venerable 1909 Golding Pearl foot-treadled press. Learn more and pre-order here
With a strong emphasis on food and wine, there will be plenty of time for letterpress printing during Legacy of Letters 2019 Tipo Cibo Vino. Guest artists will be Peter Kruty and Sayre Gaydos of Peter Kruty Editions, based in Brooklyn, New York. As with the workshops led by Alan Kitching (2015) and Erik Spiekermann (2017), there will be a half day devoted to learning to set metal type by hand and four full days set aside for printing.
Dafi Kühne is on fire at the moment - as well as his awesome new series of letterpress videos this innovative print designer has launched a new website where you can learn more about his practice and buy his beautiful posters. I LOVE the scribbling mouse feature it is a super fun digital home for Kühne’s work.
Operated by Dan Tait-Jamieson (also of NZ’s Printing Museum) Moana road press offers fantastically priced platemaking services, and aluminum laser etched bases in a range of sizes. I don’t often print with plates but am in the process of preparing some art to send to Dan and intend on treating myself to one of his bases too!
2 days left to support the University of York’s Department of English establish the Thin Ice Press. They are building a fully operational printing studio, featuring a unique replica wooden common press at its heart. Why Thin Ice Press? In the winter of 1739, the River Ouse froze over. A York printer, Thomas Gent, wrapped some equipment in a blanket and headed out onto the ice. Despite some ominous creaking and cracking, he did a roaring trade printing souvenir broadsides, complete with the immortal words, ‘Printed on the frozen Ouse’.
Jamie Murphy of the Salvage press launched a beautiful new site this month, curating his completed printwork and in-progress work. I am a huge fan of all Jamie does - his exacting print work and perfect publications are super inspirational. I almost fell off my chair seeing his woodgrain mermaid print on the site.