Exhibition: Reverting to Type
New North Press, London
Through 22 January 2011
Graphic Design © & courtesy New North Press, London
Reverting to Type is an exhibition of contemporary letterpress practitioners, showcasing how a centuries-old craft is being reinvented for modern day usage
The exhibition is curated by Graham Bignell of New North Press and graphic designer Richard Ardagh and features prints and publications by progressive practitioners from around the world.
Reverting to Type aims to highlight the pioneers at the helm of the current resurgence of interest in letterpress; from computer-based designers with a desire to ply a craft with a tactile immediacy that has been lost with modern technology, to traditional presses finding new ways to revitalise their design output.
Established in 1986 by Graham Bignell, New North Press is an artisan letterpress print studio, specialising in setting and printing by hand. Richard Ardagh is a graphic designer who has worked with New North Press to produce collaborative poster editions such as Oranges & Lemons and a 150th anniversary print for Wilton’s Music Hall.
To coincide with the exhibition, New North Press has published the first of an on-going series of collaborative prints by contemporary artists, designers and wordsmiths. The majority of the show’s unique exhibits are for sale and the gallery also host a working Adana press to hand-print your own personalised cards.
Black Stone CAN / Brad Vetter USA / Carl Middleton UK / Dafi Kühne CH / Flowers&Fluerons UK / Hand & Eye UK / Hatch Show Print USA / Hi-Artz UK / IMPO$T AUS / Jens Jørgen Hansen DEN / Marcus Müller CH / Mark Pavey UK / Mr Smith UK / Occasional Print Club UK / Prensa La Libertad ARG / Rosa De Carlo UK / Team Nerd USA / Typoretum UK / Yee Haw! Industries USA
Catherine Dixon / David Peason / Fraser Muggeridge Studio / OPX design / Peter Aston Jones / Phil Baines / Stevey Scullion / Vikram Seth
NEW NORTH PRESS / Standpoint Gallery
45 Coronet street
LONDON N1 6HD, UK
10.12 - 24.12.2010 / 04.01 - 22.01.2011