Added three new posters and a postcard to the SHOP.
If you’ve already had one of these in the post then you’ll know what it’s all about, if not — here’s a sneak peek at the invites we’ve printed for the opening evening of the Leeds Print Festival on 27th January.
032 Red & Black on 700gsm GF Smith Colorplan.
Picture robbed from @LPF2012, thanks.
We’re pleased to announce we’ll be producing a load of awesome letterpress work for the 2012 Leeds Print Festival. Watch out for updates.
Leeds Print Festival:
Celebrating traditional and contemporary print process through type and image.
26th to 31st January 2012
York Street, Leeds LS9 8AG
The one-week Leeds Print Festival 2012 at Leeds Gallery has a programme of exhibitions, lectures, workshops, open studios and performances covering all print disciplines. This unique collection of events will deliver a dose of inspiration whilst drawing attention to print and its importance in contemporary design culture.
It seems like it was only a few days since the last one, but the next one is rapidly approaching…and takes place on Saturday 12th November from 10-3pm.
There’s heaps of creativity in Shipley, and the Shipley Alternative brings this together in the excellent and easy to find Kirkgate Centre. Now in it’s third outing the ‘Indy Marketplace’ has really gained momentum by giving local people the chance to show of their wares. It’s not all about consuming though — as it’s a great chance to meet new people and find out what’s going on in and around Shipley.
If you were at the Shipley Alternative II then you’ll have seen the above poster being printed. Some of you will have even printed your own on our vintage Stephenson Blake proof press as part of the ‘have-a-go-printing’ activity that took place during the day. The larger ‘wilder’ type used on the poster is 100+ years old, and the smaller type being anywhere from 30-40 years old. Sometimes as printers we forget how long this stuff has been around and the amount of hands it’s been through. The thing with letterpress printing is, there’s always a story to tell, funny, sad, bad, mad — we’ve heard it all and are all the richer for it!
If you’d like to book a stall or are interested in finding out more about The Shipley Alternative or the Kirkgate Centre, then here’s the link to the site
Letterpress set-ups don’t respond well to being moved. The cabinets and the type weigh a ton and over the years any press shop will accumulate boxes of things that will one day “come-in”. But I’ve now moved from my cosy Bradford cellar into large Norfolk garage. Never mind that the move nearly killed me I’ve ended up with lots more desired space. I no longer have to perform ballet movements between cabinets and boxes of things that will “come-in”.
Oh but it’s freezing! The cruel zyphers sweep in from the North Sea unremitingly. The morning frost sticks to my overcoat and it’s not even winter yet.
Setting type and using the hand press is a pretty stationary affair. Hence, the only exercise my body gets is restriced to my fingers and shoulders. I now dress like a Russian lumberjack. Two pairs of socks and fleece-lined wellingtons. A hat pulled down over my ears and some fingerless gloves. I’ve lost much of my sexual appeal.
The increased space means the garage has a central area of cabinets. Every fifteen minutes or so I begin a few circuits around the island in an attempt to regain some body heat. To an outsider peering in from the outside it would look like someone doing a Pythonesque silly walk. Knees raised up, arms outstretching, shoulders swinging from side to side. I’ve called these movements “Mitsubuti”. Perhaps if I take them up to combat speed they’ll be useful the next time I get mugged.
But the printing continues. Aside from the heat I’ve got lots more useful space to gather more things that will come-in. The sound system I’ve rigged up is great and there some kind of birds beneffiting from the paltry heat rising up into the roof from my radiator.