Ten years ago, Lynette Shum at the National Library received a call from the Wai Shing market garden in Pukekohe. Their shed was falling down, and inside that shed was a metric tonne of metal letters and characters, overflowing from wooden printing trays. It turned out to be New Zealand’s only surviving set of printing type in the Chinese language, once used to print the New Zealand Chinese Growers’ Monthly Journal (僑農月刊, published 1949-72).
A music icon, a place, an identity, a typeface and an artist come together to share and create new memories.
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.
Laura Meseguer did a graphic artist residence at the AGA LAB in Amsterdam. Where she had access to silkscreen and risography print production. The residency led to the conception of a (typo)graphic exhibition called Expanding the Craft which featured outstanding artwork and a beautiful publication entitled letrazine
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’.
Fontsmith collaborated with DixonBaxi on their latest typeface FS Benjamin named after Big Ben. The project is called the ‘Sounds of London’ and includes a limited edition vinyl and printed specimen based on noises recorded around the city.
The Hamilton chimney stack is a typographic icon, the legacy of this important piece of moveable type’s history formed the basis for an exciting new digital typeface.