More London Underground insight: A letter from Eiichi Kono to the designer of Johnston Sans, the famous London Underground typeface
I thought it’d be of interest to your readers as it’s a thriving letterpress business, and the short covers both the story of owner Russell Frost and his journey from New Zealand to East London, along with an insight into the craft of letterpress and what it takes to create a print.
Richard Ardagh At Wilton’s Music Hall via. Spitalfields Life
Designer, Typographer & Printer, Richard Ardagh of New North Press in Hoxton has collaborated with the pupils of Bigland School in Stepney to create these splendid letterpress signs for Wilton’s Music Hall, telling tales of its colourful history. Printed with wood blocks and metal type onto book cloth mounted on board in the nineteenth century manner, they are more than enough reason – should you ever require it – for a return trip to Wilton’s.
Pixel Press in Stoke Newington
Small yet well equipped letterpress studio in North London. We run workshops sharing our expertise and love for printmaking with anyone willing to try it at affordable rates. We like to think about our studio as a space to think, a space for poetry and words.
Tel: 0794373 5179
Details of upcoming courses are on the website.
Letterpress printing workshops using a great collection of wood type with a small proofing press to print onto paper and also cotton canvas bags!
Nigh Noon! Letterpress printing workshops £50.00 one-day session using a great collection of wood type with a small proofing press to print onto paper and also cotton canvas bags! Over tea & coffee, we talk and plan the text — then print at noon!
Visit the G511ERY website for more details.511 Seven Sisters Road, London N15 6EP
Inky and the Beast, Battersea, London
Letterpress workshops in Battersea, working with the classic table top press, the Adana 8x5.
Perfect for beginners, these workshops range from 2 hour Taster sessions, to Full Days and have a max of two attendees to allow plenty of one-on-one attention, and an Adana all to yourself.
You will be shown how to use a traditional composing stick to typeset, ink mixing, and will have the chance to print your own greeting cards, business cards, gift tags, or coasters using a range of lead and wood type and picture printing blocks. At the end of the workshop you’ll have your own collection of beautifully printed stationery to take away!
Inky and the Beast, Art Lacuna, Falcon Road, Battersea, London
A great relief — St Bride Library will re-open once a month from 06 April.
There are some conditions: including the request that you are booked in a week in advance, have a list of the things you want to refer to, and pay a fee to retrieve books; but a great step in the right direction.
Article from the Lapsed Historian blog on Edward Johnston’s face for the London Underground — a great read.
Article in “It’s Nice That” about hero-printer, Alan Kitching.
Every month we invite four speakers to give us insights and inspirations around a particular theme, from collaboration to mistake-making, erotica to hobbies and pastimes.
A much better article covering the press generally can be found at Mike Dempsey’s site.