Posts Tagged ‘letterpress’

New North Press to Showcase the Work of 20 Contemporary Letterpress Printers

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Reverting to Type from Lima Charlie on Vimeo.

In London over the Christmas holidays? Make some time for this: Reverting to Type, curated by Graham Bignell & Richard Ardagh, will showcase the work of twenty contemporary letterpress practitioners from around the world, with contributions from three leading art colleges.

REVERTING TO TYPE — Where, when:

10th–24th Dec 2010 and 4th–22nd Jan 2011
Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, London N1 6HD
Open daily 10AM–6PM

— Paul Razzell

Romance and heroism of letterpress printing captured in soundtrack

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

. . . to this short film of Mexico’s Taller Ditoria Press. The best part begins at 1:08. Is your volume turned way up? Now press play.

Ditoria from typometro on Vimeo.

— Paul Razzell

Photos: Parenthesis 19 cover on the press

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

More photos from the Gaspereau Press blog showing Parenthesis 19 in production. The letterpress-printed jacket will feature Gaspereau’s proprietary Memorial Hall ornaments, shown here in photopolymer. you can see a few more sneak-peek pictures here and here.

Parenthesis is the journal of the Fine Press Book Association and deals broadly in fine and private press printing as well as bookbinding, typography, collecting, publishing and related areas. Richly illustrated in full color, it is published twice a year and is available free to FPBA members. The coming issue will be larger-than-normal, has a special focus on fine printing in California, and will include a loosely inserted limited-edition print from Tara Books in India. FPBA members whose dues are paid up will receive their copy toward the end of September. If you have been thinking about joining the FPBA, now would be a great time to do so. Membership in the FPBA is surprisingly affordable, and you can do it online here.

— Paul Razzell

Proceed and Be Bold!—award-winning documentary film about letterpress printer Amos Paul Kennedy Jr.

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

The producers of this recent, award-winning film about outspoken letterpress printer Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. are offering preview copies for anyone interested in organizing a screening. 20K Films’ Promotions Manger, Cheryl Laughlin, writes:

PROCEED AND BE BOLD! follows an artist who leaves his secure day job to pursue his passion for art and printmaking. Amos Paul Kennedy Jr. is worth the watch for his often controversial but always insightful thoughts on letterpress and book arts.

The film is a wonderful reminder of going for what you really want in this life and stirring up a few minds along the way.

Through the end of March, I’d like to mail a free DVD (for personal viewing) to anyone interested in organizing a screening or showing at your organization or art theater, college or university in your area. Simply email me at

I’ve attached more information on purchasing, if you decide a screening would work for your organization.

To see the trailer, read more about the film and view Amos’ unique posters, click here:

We’re extremely proud the film has screened at over 24 universities throughout the U.S. Plus, a sold-out showing at the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival and showings at five other film fests.

The director Laura Zinger self-financed this film because she really wanted letterpress and book arts printing to have a voice on film. We truly appreciate you spreading the word and telling people about our film.

The success of this film is made possible by the kindness and support of people like you, who help get the word out on this hidden gem of a film. We hope you’ll find PROCEED AND BE BOLD! as inspiring as we do and want to share it with others.

I look forward to hearing from you and sending a free screener for your help in organizing a showing in your area.

Thanks again!

Cheryl Laughlin

20K Films, Promotions

The Incredible Massive Letterpress Giveaway!

Wednesday, June 10th, 2009


Kelly over at Poppytalk and Paper Stories has orgainized a successful letterpress swap with 38 printers, and now offers a complete set of all 38 prints from the swap (a US$800 value) and two half-sets (valued at US$400 each) in a fun online draw. What do you need to do to enter this draw?

  1. Visit the Poppytalk website, for a list of participating printers.
  2. Visit at least two printers’ websites that you like.
  3. Back at Poppycock, use the comments field to let them know what your two favourite entries are.

You have until the end of day June 11 to enter. Winners will be notified Friday morning, June 12. For a full peek at all of the prints/printers involved in the swap, visit this Flickr page complete with photographs and names.

— Paul Razzell

An hour and ten minutes of vintage letterpress footage

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Metal Type is pleased to offer for sale a DVD containing almost an hour and ten minutes of vintage letterpress footage.

Films on the disk are: Typesetting (1961), a 35-minute film which explains, in some detail, how a linecaster works. It also covers tele-typesetting; Learning to Set Type (1959), a 10-minute beginner’s guide to hand-setting, aimed at the complete novice; Bookbinding (1961), a 13-minute film which covers restoring old books, marbelising, ruling, spiral-binding, and more; Printing (1947), A 10-minute “Vocational Guidance” film showing all aspects of the trade, large and small firms.

DVDs can be ordered here.

Letterpress classifieds

Monday, May 4th, 2009

British Letterpress now offers a letterpress classifieds service. See here.

— Paul Razzell

Home-built letterpress

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

I spotted this on YouTube:

— Paul Razzell