February 15, 2017
The Private View for the Typographic Dante took place at Dublin’s National Print Museum last Thursday.
Brenda Dermody is a graphic designer, and design educator with an interest in typography, she represents Ireland on the education team of the International Society of Typographic Designers. Brenda was instrumental in bringing the show to the Museum and spoke about Barrie’s career and the stories behind the work on display.
Brenda Dermody’s beautiful set of poster designs based on on the Dante prints.
The work looked wonderful in the setting of the gallery space and quickly drew people in to Dante’s journey.
Again, a huge thank you to Carla and her team for putting on such a wonderful exhibition of the work.
February 10, 2017
Our third book of found texts – Word Disco – is a sequel to Ken Cockburn’s Overheard/Overlooked (2011) and Overlooked/Overheard (2015).
As with the last book, Second Year Graphic Design students at the School of Art & Design were asked to keep their ears open last summer. When they returned to University, the texts were collated and selected by Ken Cockburn then typeset by Barrie Tullett.
Visually it’s quite a departure from the previous books in the series, and from Barrie’s typographic work in general – the texts being typeset, distorted on photocopiers then edited, coloured and composed in Photoshop.
The book has contributions from Lee Flatman, Ryan Forrest, Megan Favell, Ashley Godber, Holly Humphries, Joshua Jepson and Ashley Gillott.
February 9, 2017
Carla and her team at the National Print Museum have done a wonderful job with the hanging of the show.
The Typographic Dante has never looked so good.
The show opens to the public on Friday the 10th of February and is open until Sunday the 2nd of April.
A huge thank you to the Museum for all their hard work in organising the exhibition – and to Brenda Dermody for designing the beautiful publicity materials for the show.
February 1, 2017
The Typographic Dante is about to go on show at the National Print Museum in Dublin. Barrie has been working on the project ever since he was a student at the Chelsea School of Art.
Eventually each of the 100 cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy will be illustrated using a different ‘obsolete’ technology for each of the three books. The 34 cantos of The Inferno are realised through letterpress printing, the 33 cantos of Purgatory are created on the typewriter, and the 33 cantos of Paradise will be illustrated with Letraset.
The illustrations for Inferno are now complete – all 34 cantos, and this is the first time they’ll have been exhibited together, along with 20 pieces from the on-going work for Purgatory.
The National Print Museum is an absolute gem of a place; it collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of the printing craft, and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland. It’s an absolute honour and delight to be a part of it.
November 30, 2016
We received news this week that Philippa’s recent collaboration with Tamar MacLellan – Meeting in the Middle – has been selected for Sarah Bodman’s 2016 Top 10. The complete list appears as part of Sarah’s artists’ book series for a-n (the artists information company). We are told the order is based on the editor’s preference for mixing images – see link below.
October 26, 2016
Although Fond Farewells, the new pair of books by Philippa and Angie Butler won’t be officially launched until Small Publisher’s Fair in London on 4/5 November, Angie managed to submit them it time for the Stroud Letterpress Celebration curated by fellow LENventioner Lucy Guenot. The exhibition opens 29 October-20 November.
October 26, 2016
One of the nicest things about being part of The Caseroom Press is the larger community of people that it brings you into contact with. We’ve met so many wonderful people at book fairs, and, on occasion, got to work with them here at the University of Lincoln too. Angie Butler has become a regular collaborator with Philippa on her books, and runs (fantastic) book arts workshops with our students every year – and of course there’s Stephen Fowler, the go-to-guy for all your rubber stamping and primitive printing needs.
Stephen has now taken some time out from printing things to write a book on that very subject – and very good it is too. It made Barrie want to quit this crazy typography lark and start stamping.
With an introduction by Rob Ryan (praise indeed), the book covers all the materials and techniques you’ll need to start your own independent primitive print workshop.
The book is full of beautiful examples, experiments and suggestions as to how you might develop your own practice and is awash with delights. The Illustrations include some very nice ‘freeform repeat patterns’ by none other than Jantze Tullett too.
The book is available from Laurence King, or of course Amazon. We’d suggest that if you’re only going to buy one book this year, buy Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology, but if you’re going to buy two books, buy Rubber Stamping as well.
October 23, 2016
Barrie had the pleasure of travelling up to Newcastle on Friday to talk to Graphic Design and Illustration students at the Northumbria University.
He’d been invited up by the extremely talented Sara Ogilvie, and spoke about The Caseroom Press, Typewriter Art and also took a few carrier bags full of Artists’ books for the students to look at (Philippa’s fabric printed Delia Taught Me To Cook was a particular favourite).
There was even a question about his Typographic Dante (he’d not mentioned it in the talk, but one of the students had really done their research). If anyone’s particularly interested in that, there’s an article about it here: Academia.
It was lovely to see Sara again – she’s also one of the illustrators for Utopian Tales – and he was given a grand tour of their studios, wonderful print room and small, but beautifully formed, letterpress studio.
A really delightful day.
So why the rather forlorn picture of his bags on the platform at Newark?
He forgot to take any photos when he was there.
October 19, 2016
Barrie had the pleasure of going to the Liverpool School of Art & Design at the end of September. He had a paper accepted for the Seventh International Conference on The Image.
His parallel session (Learning Images) included wonderful talks on Virtual Illumination by Alexander Nevill, from the Centre for Moving Image Research, University of West England – Quite brilliant and well worth booking him for a talk if you’ve got some budget to spare – and Jim Hamlyn’s; The Truth About Images, which was another, very thought provoking high point which asked to what extent are photographs ‘truth dependent’.
Barrie spoke about portraiture and the typewriter. Apparently this is quite a niche subject, judging by the fact one of the audience asked, ‘Is that even a thing?’
He’s even managed to meet the deadline for submitting the paper to the Journal of the Image. So, it might even end up in print.
October 5, 2016
By comparison to Barrie’s recent blog post and the nine year saga of Utopian Tales, the collaborative project between Philippa and Angie Butler of ABPress has been a mere 18 months in the making, but nonetheless it is with a sigh of relief that their limited edition artists’ book has finally rolled off the production line. Fond Farewells is part of an on-going project called Endangered Species, this particular edition is a pair of books that examines lost language.