Archive for the ‘letterpress’ Category

blogging the blog

April 16, 2017

Eye magazine recently uploaded a post about Barrie’s Typographic Dante.

The piece talks about the starting point for the project – which began when he was a final year student at the Chelsea School of Art, way back in 1989.

The first roughs and preparatory sketches for Canto I.

Planning the Letterpress overprints in detail.

The original ‘note to self’, which led to a project that has carried on over the next 28 years (and counting).

The Typographic Dante is on display at the National Museum of Print, Dublin, until Wednesday 19th April and the exhibition has recently been reviewed by newsfour.ie.

sewing secrets

April 7, 2017

Another book rolled off the Caseroom production line recently. Sewing Secrets is another collaborative edition by Philippa and Tamar MacLellan. They originally began working on this book in 2009 under the title of ABC of Stitching and Sewing, however the project didn’t get far and was shelved for 8 years, until recently, with the Bristol Artists Book Event looming, it seemed an appropriate time to resurrect it. The book uses a collection of old dress patterns that were scanned, reduced then printed and made into small envelopes, a short story is encased within each of the 12 envelopes.

the lure of the caseroom

March 14, 2017

In complete contrast to the beautiful and impressive exhibition of Barrie’s in Dublin, Philippa has been doing some small projects in the Caseroom whenever there is a spare 10 minutes! Six postcards have been added to the Endangered Species series – an on-going project with ABPress since 2015… #BABE2017 is looming, hence the flurry of recent activity!

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dante in private

February 15, 2017

Brenda Dermody at the Typographic Dante

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.

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Brenda Dermody’s beautiful set of poster designs based on on the Dante prints.
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The work looked wonderful in the setting of the gallery space and quickly drew people in to Dante’s journey.
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Again, a huge thank you to Carla and her team for putting on such a wonderful exhibition of the work.
Photos courtesy of Mark Henderson.

fond farewells in stroud

October 26, 2016

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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.

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fond farewells

October 5, 2016

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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.

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they finally met in the middle

September 29, 2016

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One of the collaborative projects that Philippa has been involved with recently has been Meeting in the Middle. In January this year she started working with Tamar MacLellan, to research the 88 mile Jurassic Way. Taking a 44 mile section each, they both explored 18 villages, with a focus on social history. In the final book, a person from the past is used to represent each of the villages, their story is re-told in postcard format on the reverse. The individual A6 pages were produced as single pieces of artwork and then stitched together to become one book, with the sections literally meeting in the middle.

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meeting in the middle

July 6, 2016

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For the past few months Philippa has been working on a new collaborative project with Tamar MacLellan. Meeting in the Middle explores the 88 mile Jurassic Way which starts in Banbury and ends at Stamford. Each artist has 44 miles of the walk to explore, research and develop a body of work around. This on-going project will result in a limited edition artists’ book.

Whilst most of the project has been developed via a blog and occasional Facetime discussions, this week we found time to meet for two making days in the Caseroom where we worked with a variety of processes including letterpress, screen printing and lino printing. More information about the project can be found at:

https://meetinginthemiddleblog.wordpress.com

LENvention 4

June 30, 2016

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LENvention is an annual workshop for letterpress practitioners and was established by Angie Butler and Hazel Grainger in 2013. This year Philippa and the other LENventioners* returned to UWE in Bristol where they were fortunate to work with Dr Tim Mosely from Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia who had been invited by Angie to join and run this year’s event.

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Tim’s research practice includes haptic aesthetics in relation to the artists’ book. His research methodology, which we were introduced to, was a new way of working for the majority of the group and responding to the theme of Empathy we worked collaboratively to develop and produce a range of work that resulted in a rather impressive 19 finished artists’ books within a two day period.

https://www.griffith.edu.au/visual-creative-arts/queensland-college-art/staff/tim-mosely

LENvention regulars Angie Butler (ABPress), Andrew Morrison (Two Wood Press), Rachel Marsh (Semple Press), Hazel Grainger (HGmakes), Lucy Guenot and Philippa (Caseroom Press) welcomed Imi Maufe (bluedogstours) to the event this year. Elizabeth Willow who was unable to attend, kindly supplied the words with which we worked.

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sorting, cutting, printing

June 21, 2016

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It’s that time of year when we can begin to start making our way back into the Caseroom. After a bit of a re-jig to the space, we have now got a far more functional space in which to work.

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Our colleague Brian – who likes a challenge – has been doggedly getting to grips with the laser cutter – the result of which has been to cut some new replacement letterforms that were lost (stolen) a year or so a go… he is currently testing different types of substrates – so far acrylic, mdf, pine, oak and ply – although he is still on a mission to track down the perfect wood with less grain. Thanks BV.