We’ve added a new page, a splendid interview with Michael Harvey by Nicholas Sloan.
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There’s going to be a lot happening around here over the next few weeks.
We’re really pleased to be part of the second St Jude’s in the City at the Bankside Gallery, 48 Hopton Street, London SE1 9JH. Nine of our posters are being framed for exhibition at the moment. There will also be unframed copies in browsers, so we have a lot of wrapping in celophane to do. The show runs from the 10th to the 21st of November, and the gallery is open from 11 am to 6 pm.
Then on 17 November we’re launching our new edition of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, with Angela Barrett’s wonderful illustrations. That’s happening at Few and Far, 242 Brompton Road, London SW3 2BB from 10 am to 7 pm.
Next is a show at St Bride Library on 19 November to accompany Letterpress: Forward Thinking. Phil and Nick will be talking about our Monotype installation at the conference in full, gory, technical detail. Other speakers include Jon Kielty, Ross Shaw and Patrick Randle, all ex-Hand & Eye, and Sandro Berra, director of the wonderful Tipoteca Italiana. The previous letterpress conference at St Bride was enormously successful and was sold out long in advance, so book your tickets now.
And from 10 December to 22 January there is the Reverting To Type exhibition organised by New North Press at Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD. It will be a major show which will showcase the work of twenty contemporary letterpress practitioners from around the world, with contributions from three leading art colleges and the first eight in an ongoing series of prints made by New North Press with especially invited collaborators.
Yesterday we cast a full galley of type for the first time. We’d been getting a whole load of inconsistencies before, like rogue commas at the beginning of lines. We thought we’d tried everything, and we were about to unhitch the computer interface and have a go at casting a paper spool to see if we could find where the fault lay. We had another go before doing that, and Nick did some very fine adjustments to the pressure of the air going to the caster. That did the trick.
Our attempts to get the Monotype working have been interfering with the rest of out work. We have started work on The Taming of the Shrew, and we’re not as far along as we should be.
There’s been another distraction, because Phil is giving a talk at the Edward Johnston Foundation Ditchling Seminar on Sunday.
The current edition of Ultrabold, the journal of the Friends of St Bride, includes an article Phil wrote based on his talk at Letterpress, A Celebration last November. We’ve put the text online here, but we’d like you to get the real thing if you haven’t already. That way you help to support the library and get the photographs in a larger size and higher resolution.
Jessica is in the final year of her graphic design course at Camberwell College of Art. She’s on work experience with us, and is currently working on a poster for our stand at the letterpress day at St Bride this Friday.
The title of this year’s St Bride Conference is Letterpress: A Celebration. Anyone who reads about the history of printing soon comes in contact with the St Bride Library, so it is a great honour to Phil to have been asked to speak at the conference. He intends to talk about how he came to start Hand & Eye, what we do now and how we do it, all profusely illustrated. We will also have an exhibition stand where Phil and Rosa will be pleased to see you.
The conference takes place on Friday 7 November from 9.30 am to 5 pm.
The Whittington Press been publishing Matrix, its review for printers and bibliophiles, annually since 1980. Last year’s edition, number 27, was delayed, and has just been sent to subscribers. We are pleased and honoured that it includes an article by Phil on The Letterpress Shakespeare with a tipped-in page from Hamlet, the first we printed. We have posted the text here.