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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.

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).


LENvention 5th anniversary – wood (type)

June 18, 2017


This weekend the Caseroom Press were the proud hosts of the LENvention 5. This annual event instigated at UWE, Bristol by Angie Butler in 2012, brings together a small group of letterpress practitioners to share ideas and good practice whilst working together to produce a body of work. This year the theme was how we use our senses when negotiating a print workshop. The only parameters were 1. the finished book would be A2 folded to A3 – this enabled us to explore the potential of the Farley proofing press – and 2. We could only use materials and equipment found within the caseroom. Despite the small (but perfectly formed) Caseroom Press, and having to contend with the hottest weekend of the year, we managed to work effectively to produce a single edition loose leaf book, entitled Feeling for an edge, the book will eventually be case-bound.

LENvention 4

June 30, 2016

LEN7 work


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.

LEN2 tim

LEN4 angie

LEN6 group

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.

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.

LEN5 work

LEN3 hazel


back to where he once belonged

March 6, 2016


Barrie was back up in Edinburgh last week – he was talking about Typewriter Art and then ran a single sided book workshop at the Edinburgh College of Art…


After which, ably attended by Ken Cockburn Alison Bowden and Alan Mason, The Caseroom Press were ‘on table’ at the Fruitmarket Gallery for their annual Artists’ Book Fair.


As you can see, they were the first to arrive, and yet still, somehow, the last to finish setting up.


They obviously spent too much time thinking and not enough time doing.

Barrie also spoke about ‘The Most Ambitious Book We’ve Never Published’; The Utopian Tales. Which inches closer to actually becoming a book. He’s currently waiting on a few of the illustrators to send him their updated biographies.


The Utopian Tales had taken a very long time to come to fruition, and Barrie is finally hoping that he can see the edge of the forest.

LENvention 3

September 5, 2015


The letterpress event – LENvention established by Angie Butler and Hazel Grainger in 2013 is now in it’s third year. In August Philippa travelled to Devon where the event was hosted by Rachel Marsh of Semple Press at her wonderful print workshop in the garden.



This year due to limited space, the letterpress workshop/convention, bought together six artists and designers, all of whom use letterpress as part of their practice. Over a two day period we worked together to produce a series of work that responded to the theme of ‘Praxis’. Unfortunately Philippa left her camera behind so limited images available!


making the merkinch circles

July 23, 2015



Barrie has recently played a small part in a very lovely project.

The poet Ken Cockburn and the sculptor Mary Bourne have been working on a project for the riverside redevelopment in Inverness – Ken worked with the Clay Studio in Merkinch, which organised a series of writing workshops and site visits to the new flood defences. The circle poems written for the workshops will be carved into stone and located on site.


The poems will look out over the mouth of the River Ness, over the Beauly Firth to the Kessock Bridge. Three poems will be attached to the wall, two used to create seats, and one will remain at the BREATHE garden in Merkinch which is hosting the carving workshops in September.




one side of the story

October 30, 2014

Derby 23.10.14

The Caseroom Press were invited to give a talk to graphic design students at the University of Derby last week.

Barrie gave a brief overview of who we are and what we do, then put (nearly) all our books out for a show and tell so that the students could see the variety of printing techniques, binding methods, formats and collaborations that we’ve undertaken over the last few years.

After lunch, he ran a brief workshop about making single sided/single sheet books — which prompted Stephanie Strange to ask why Barrie was only telling on side of the story — hence the name of the post. The answer is of course, that’s just about the only format of books he can make.

The event was a warm-up session for the students’ next brief, an Artists’ Book project based around the word ‘Obsessions’, which is presumably why he managed to squeeze in a talk about Typewriter Art too (thanks to Natasha Nuttall for the recent post about the St Bride talk, ‘From Q to M’, by the way). Check out Natasha’s blog here:

Remember. ‘Having an obsession, means never having to worry about what to do with your weekends’.




Thank you to Tracy Allanson-Smith for inviting us (and taking the photos).