It might be because I love the topic, but I find letterpress lends itself to film. So much to capture, so many details and such a rich variety of materials it’s easy to see why film makers enjoy putting our process on film. Diogo Atadini has been in touch about his film of the Hooksmith Press. Beautiful work!
Nice article from Wired commenting on the revival in letterpress, with a focus on the role of photopolyment in that revival. My personal view is that most of those new to the craft love messing about with individual metal types as part of the process, rather than jumping to polymer.
A wonderful exhibition from Monotype at the Type Archive on the work of Berhold Wolpe, perhaps most famous for the beautiful Albertus.
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A note from St Bride on an upcoming event.
I am emailing on behalf of the St Bride Foundation where I curate their events programme as I wanted to let you know about a talk we have coming up that may be of interest to you and your fellow members.
It is being held on Friday 24 November at 7pm and is being given by Douglas Downing on The Dalziel Brothers. Douglas is a descendent of theirs so it will be a very rich and detailed talk about his research into the family and their work throughout the 60 years that they ran the Camden Press. Most notably, they cut the engravings for Edward Lear’s Book of Nonsense and Lewis Carrol’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass and worked with many well known artists including Millais, Whistler and Rosetti.
We are hoping to also print a keepsake for the evening in our print room too and will confirm this in the next month all being well.
For more information, you can visit our website at: http://www.sbf.org.uk/events/pictures-in-the-fire-or-great-uncle-george-dalziel-discovering-a-long-lost-family-history
Header image from Andrea Vail, Flickr.
An enjoyable Telegraph article about Kelvyn Smith, proprietor of Mr Smith’s Letterpress workshop. A thoroughly nice man who was good enough to talk me through his approach to printing a couple of years ago.
Lovely write up by Crown of Flowers of Graham Bignell, Beatrice Bless and Richard Ardagh’s New North Press.
News of the San Fransisco-based Letterform Archive’s acquisition of 6,000+ master drawings of Linotype faces. Great examples of the drawings of some of the key Linotype faces at the foot of the article.
Just a few days left of this BBC4 documentary by Mark Ovenden. I’ve not yet watched it but have seen nothing but excellent reviews of Mark’s documentary.