the typographic dante at the south bank centre

February 23, 2019

The Typographic Dante will have its London debut at the National Poetry Library, South Bank Centre this April.

30 years in the making, and counting, the exhibition will showcase illustrations from Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise.

As always, Barrie is at pains to point out that he has been busy with other projects as well as this one, but despite his glacial pace of progress he has finally dipped his toe into Paradise, the final book of the Divine Comedy.

DATES & TIMES: 30 Apr 2019–30 Jun 2019

WHERE: National Poetry Library, Level 5, Blue side, Royal Festival Hall.

For more information – see The South Bank Centre website.

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/134924-typographic-dante-opening-event-2019

https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/134923-typographic-dante-2019

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cheerio and toodle pip to fond farewells

February 22, 2019

 

bookerspostersmPhilippa is happy to announce that Fond Farewells a book she collaborated on with Angie Bulter in 2016 has been accepted as part of the Idaho Booker’s Dozen; curated by Stephanie Bacon, Professor of Art and Director of Idaho Center for the Book, the exhibition will tour thirteen different venues in Idaho in thirteen months from March 2019 to March 2020.

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Paradise… at last

February 7, 2019

Those of you who know Barrie will also know that he’s been working on a very long term project called The Typographic Dante. He’s always at pains to point out that he has been busy with other projects, but the truth of it is, he made the first print back in 1989 and has worked on it on and off ever since.

However. Finally. After 30 years, he‘s managed to complete the Letterpress and Typewriter illustrations for Inferno and Purgatory and has finally dipped his toes in the Letraset illustrations for Paradise.

Paradise: Canto I – The glory of the One who moves all things / permeates the universe and glows / in one part more and in another less.

Paradise: Canto V – such were the far more than a thousand splendours / I saw approaching us, and each declared: / ‘Here now is one who will increase our loves.’

Each of the three processes has given him particular challenges to overcome – the limitations and restrictions inherent in each of the now ‘dead’ technologies. One issue for the Paradise pieces is not only the finite amount of dry transfer sheets he has but their age. Already some of the sheets are crumbling away as they are used. And several sheets (admittedly from an inferior supplier) no longer have any glue on the letterforms, so the careful burnishing may well release the character from the carrier sheet, but in then simply falls off the paper and leaves no trace.

The other unexpected joy is the discovery of some wonderful type sheets…

And the odd youthful misstep.

Oh. The. Shame.

(There’s actually a really interesting article about Chris Costello and the story behind Papyrus here.)

when will you learn that there isn’t a word for everything?

December 7, 2018

Two of Brenda Dermody’s remixed Typographic Dante prints are on show in the Nunns Yard Gallery, Norwich, tonight, as part of the joint exhibition ‘When will you learn that there isn’t a word for everything?

The prints waiting to be parcelled up earlier this week.

The show is curated by Kristy Campbell and you’ll be able to see it take shape on Instagram.

For more of Brenda’s work, see the 100 Archive (http://www.100archive.com/people/brenda-dermody)

 

to call no1.

November 22, 2018

Barrie was delighted to be asked to contribute to the very talented Petra Schulze-Wollgast’s new magazine ToCall.

Inspired by the last issue of Tlaloc, published in 1970 and edited by Cavan McCarthy, ToCall was mimeo printed in an edition of 100 copies – with contributions by Amanda Earl, Derek Beaulieu, Kyle Flemmer (Canada), Anatol Knotek (Austria), Andreas Bülhoff, Moritz Grünke, psw (Germany), Rosaire Appel (USA), Fatima Queiroz (Brasilia), Anthony Etherin, Barrie Tullett (UK), Pete Spence (Australia), Joakim Norling, Lina Nordenström (Sweden) and Jesus Morentin (Spain).

Derek Beaulieu

Kyle Flemmer – Barcode Poems

Amanda Earl – The Vispo Bible: Genesis 42

Jesus Morentin – (48×96  48×72  48×24  36×54)

Barrie Tullett – Platen Rollin’

talking typography in norwich

November 22, 2018

Barrie was out and about at the Norwich University of the Arts at the beginning of November – talking typography, poetry, artists’ books, Dante’s Inferno and various other stuff as it occurred to him – the lecture also included a performance of ‘A Song For An Art School’. If you’ve ever experienced that – you’ll know it’s worth the price of entry alone…

Thank you to Glen Robinson for the invite, and for the students for turning up – a full house and a real joy to be there.

recovered/recorded

November 14, 2018

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Philippa’s most recent collaboration with Tamar MacLellan is a small pair of concertina books that explore fragments of china that were unearthed whilst digging in the garden of a newly acquired house. Whilst much has been written on the subject of found pottery, there has been no substantiated conclusions as to why our gardens are littered with these (mainly) blue and white fragments. Having recovered in the region of 150 pieces from the garden, this book focuses on a small selection of a growing collection. The books are presented in an archive bag complete with record card and a fragment of china.

 

 

chatting and selling in london

November 14, 2018

table spf.jpg The Caseroom were happy to be able to attend the annual Small Publishers Fair at the Conway Hall in London at the weekend. Several new editions were on offer including a first outing for Philippa’s book about Enid Blyton Pinky Winky Doodle Doodle Dumm Dum and her recent collaboration with Tamar MacLellan  – a book called Recovered/Recorded. Barrie’s new edition of Gun Dog was also released. Thank you to everyone who was willing to engage in conversation about buried objects and completed questionnaires, and a big thank youto all the people who purchased our books.

LENvention 6

September 4, 2018

gpcIn August Philippa attended the annual LENvention workshop organised by Angie Butler (ABPress). The two day event is an opportunity for a group of letterpress practitioners get together to develop a body of work within a 48 hour period. The event was hosted by Lucy Guenot at Gloucestershire Print Cooperative, a lovely print facility in Stroud.
http://www.gpchq.co.uk

This year the group were joined by Jeff Rathermel – executive director at Minnesota Center for Book Arts, as they developed a series of artists’ books that responded to the theme of bookness (or bookishness).

pinky winky doodle doodle dum dumm

July 11, 2018

When a colleague recently offered Philippa six Enid Blyton editions from the 50s she jumped at the chance to take them, seeing it as an opportunity to develop further work around the altered book genre.

The initial intention was to highlight childhood memories of reading Enid Blyton, however it soon became clear that opinions of the books had changed in recent years with Blyton receiving a lot of negative press; eventually it was the reviews of the novels that became the basis of the project.

Using online sources, each unfavorable comment relating to Enid’s novels was recorded and a system devised where the more recurrent the word, the larger it would appear. The 1958 edition of Five get in a Fix was carefully taken apart and divided into 12 sequential sections, using the system of scale each of the found words were over-printed onto the original pages causing the content to be gradually obliterated.

The title of the book is taken from an internal memo written in 1938 by Jean Sutcliffe – Head of the BBC Schools Department, which was not particularly complimentary about Blyton’s work: ‘There is rather a lot of the Pinky-winky-Doodle-doodle Dum-dumm type of name (and lots of pixies) in the original tales’.