Letterpress:
something to say

  • Friday 9 November 2012 10am to 6pm
  • In the Bridewell Hall, St Bride Foundation
  • Tickets £85/£70 FoSB members · concessions and full-time students £60

A one-day conference exploring letterpress as a means for delivering real content, be that a set of sharply thought-through design intentions; a re-imagining of the possibilities of the inky process itself; an analogue springboard to new digital visuals and environments; or a reconnection with the power of a simple press to communicate ideas.

To step beyond the production of work to be merely admired and consumed, and to reclaim letterpress as a viable means of distributing a message; to tell stories; to galvanize our communities; to allow practice to resonate beyond the frames of our living room walls.

Confirmed speakers thus far include: Anthony Burrill, Catherine Dixon, Ian Gabb (RCA), Thomas Gravemaker, Dylan Kendle (Tomato), Peter Nencini, and L’automatica (Barcelona) with further contributions anticipated from Prensa Libertad (Buenos Aires) and Vista Sans Wood Type Project.

Not that the day is just about the speakers having their say. Rather, emphasis and opportunities, both formal and informal, are provided for you to voice your ideas and opinions – so together throughout the day a discussion is shaped addressing how we re-imagine the purposes and processes of letterpress, to build solid dialogues around themes such as: how and why we teach letterpress in our design institutions and beyond; how we find the balance between letterpress as visual ‘effect ’ and proficiency in printing; how we review existing interfaces between the analogue and the digital, the single and the multiple, the hand and the machine, the private and the ‘unprivate’ press.

So do please join us for the third in this our series of sell-out one-day letterpress events at St Bride. Book your place in amongst the knowledgeable and those who, as yet, know next to nothing at all. Know that at St Bride you’ll find a space for opening out new thinking around a subject for everyone, for moving forwards, making connections, and having fun.

Call for posters

We are keen to hear your interpretation of the conference theme and are inviting you to submit posters that broadly respond to this. Posters will be exhibited during the conference and sold for a small fee anonymously at the end of the day, with all proceeds donated to St Bride Library. Please submit A3 format posters to the address below no later than Friday 19 October.

Rose Gridneff
BA (Hons) Graphic Design
University of Brighton
58-67 Grand Parade
Brighton BN2 0JY

Printing and beyond