Letterpress Printing Conference
Jul
19
to Jul 20

Letterpress Printing Conference

Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future. From the call for papers: 

During the twentieth century, printing changed from a craft-based to a technology-led process. The composing room moved from hand- to machine composition, from photo-setting to digital; while the press room shifted from letterpress to off-set lithography and latterly digital methods of production. Technical progress, however, failed to completely usurp traditional printing and today there is a marked increase in those engaged with older methods of production, whether for pleasure, profit, or scholarship.

For example, housed in the basement of the School of English at the University of Leeds, there is a range of letterpress machines and moveable type. Originally used to teach bibliography, this facility fell out of use as academic fashions changed. Today it has been resurrected by a new generation of scholars curious to practice craft techniques in order to enhance their understanding of the past.

Similarly, when the printing industry jettisoned letterpress in favour of contemporary technology, some of the equipment survived and was appropriated by artists as tools for creativity, or salvaged by museums as relics of the past. Some of this historic equipment was requisitioned by a new generation of printers keen to satisfy market demands for traditional printing and often used in tandem with contemporary techniques.

Featuring a key note lecture by Johanna Drucker, this two-day conference explores the survival, legacy and relevance of letterpress printing in the digital era. 

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House of Illustration Summer Fair
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

House of Illustration Summer Fair

We are excited to have a stand at the H-o-I's Summer Fair. This will be their seventh major fair in King’s Cross. The event, which is free for the public to attend and draws a crowd in the thousands, has built up a great reputation as a way to view and buy the work of a cross section of practitioners.

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Shipley Wayzgoose
Jun
9
11:00 AM11:00

Shipley Wayzgoose

If you were at the first Shipley Wayzgose on June 3rd 2017, you will know what an amazing event it was.

Unexpectedly high turnout meant the Kirkgate Centre was buzzing all day long with printers young and old mingling with the curious and delighted who had turned up to see what this Wayzgoose fuss was all about. 

Over twenty printers from across the UK represented all aspects of letterpress printing on the day.There were printing demos (one on a bike no less!). Fine press books, luxurious prints, chapbooks, cards, posters, broadsheets, newly cast type and secondhand equipment were all able to prod, poke, discuss, haggle over and to buy.

We hope you will join us again on Saturday June 9th from 11am-5pm at The Kirkgate Centre in Shipley when we'll once again have the finest selection of printers from across the land to tatalise your soul, make your heart sing, and, of course, tease the money from your pockets!

There is plenty of parking, entry is free and the cafe will be open all day, so do pop in for a nosey and a nice cup of tea. 

 

 

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Leeds Print Fair
Jun
9
10:00 AM10:00

Leeds Print Fair

Alice Smith and Bracket Press will be manning the Incline/Bracket Press stall, featuring Incline chapbooks, broadsheets and cards as well as a complement of cards and books designed by Alice and her partner Christian Brett.

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