Every year, in June, I take a few days off to travel to Milan to attend the Letterpress Workers Summit in Milan, a unique event gathering more than letterpress practitioners from Europe and US (blogpost about the event will follow next month). After a short train ride from Milan, we, a group of 10-12 people arrived in the city of Parma. The Bodoni Museum is only open till 13 o'clock and it is better to arrange an appointment before visiting, although it requires a certain knowledge of the Italian language. And we have to thank John Christopher (Flowers & Fleurons, UK) for contacting the museum staff.Read More
After the successful 1-day letterpress workshop given at the unique location of Patrick Goossens’ Letter-Kunde Press during the 2018 ATypI conference in Antwerp, we have decided to organise a 5-day workshop. Participants will be working with a selection of the materials from one of the most important and exceptional private collections of printing presses, type casting equipment and types in Europe.
During this 5-day workshop, you’ll be learning the finer details of typesetting, proofing, lay-out, setting up a forme, preparing for and printing. Participants will be able to use the large collection of wood and metal type, to create a small publication. Each participant will design, typeset and print a section. These sections will then be carefully assembled and bound by the participants. Our aim is to offer some demonstrations – such as typecasting and/or engraving – during the workshop.
Patrick Goossens started his collection back in the 1970s with a single treadle platen press and a rack of type. Since then Project Letter-Kunde has developed further and now not only covers printing, but also punchcutting, matrix making and typecasting. The large collection is open to practitioners and researchers.
Thomas Gravemaker has extensive experience in letterpress and graphic design, working in the UK and in France before setting up his own studio. His passion for letterpress began prior to his training at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and has developed over the years. Thomas has worked on private commissions, taught letterpress, and lectured and presented at various international conferences and events. After several years spent in London, Paris, and Edinburgh, he returned to Amsterdam to refine and extend his craftsmanship in his workshop situated in the centre of the city.
Armina Ghazaryan is a freelance graphic designer and letterpress practitioner based in Ghent, Belgium. In 2008, she joined the printing team of MIAT (the Museum of Industry, Work and Textiles) in Ghent, where she designs and typesets posters using wood and metal type, and catalogs the museum’s wood-type collection. Her works are featured in various publications by Gestalten, Rockport, Rotovision, and BIS publishers. Armina co-founded the “Letterpress Corner” printmaking studio in Ghent, which has a primary focus on running letterpress workshops for groups and individuals looking to acquire a practical knowledge of the craft.
Monday 10–Friday 14 June 2019, from 10:00 to 17:00
Max. 6 participants
Price € 550,00
Languages spoken: Dutch, English, French, German and Russian
Some letterpress experience is desirable.
All materials provided. Coffee, tea, etc. will be provided. Lunch is not included.
1. “Conspectus of German 19th century wood type manufacturers”. Coming up in 2019! Interested? Contact Pierre Pané-Farré - link
2. 'Man in the rain' opens on Saturday 19 January and runs until 10 March 2019 at the Keteleers gallery in Antwerp (BE). The exhibition will focus on the artist's graphical work and recent drawings.
3. Derby Print Open. Call for submissions. Deadline 30 March 2019 - link
4. Mooi Marginaal exhibition at the Drukkerswerkplaats in Gouda (NL). 07.01 - 09.03.2019
1. Boekkunstberus. Leiden 10-11.11.2018 - link
2. Yay to the letterpress printing, patterns and Camper Twins collection by Cristian Zuzunaga.
3. St Bride Library. Some fantastic talks coming up:
8/11: Type Design as a Collaborative Process – Fiona Ross
27/11: Talkin’ ‘bout my g-g-g-generation – Norwich Uni of the Arts
4/12: Max and Maps – Eye Type Tuesday
25/1: The Act of Turning a Page – Astrid Stavro
4. Offprint Paris. 08.11.2018 - link
A few weeks ago I had pleasure of assisting Daniel García Andújar in printing of 4 posters for the opening of his exhibition 'Plus Utra' at the KIOSK in Ghent for which he especially flew over from Barcelona. After going through the reach wood type collection of the MIAT (now Industrie Museum) Daniel chose the suitable type. As he already had an experience in typesetting we quickly finalised the composition and after running some tests and makeready everything had been printed on FAG 405 at the printing department of the museum. It was a lovely experience. Nice to meet you Daniel!Read More