Old wooden type shows its provenance when printed. When taking the analogue and translating into digital, letterforms are utilised for a new age. By scanning then turning into vector images, the limitations of fixed size and kerning are removed, whilst retaining the humanity in form. Old type is revived and reinvigorated whilst conserving the original.
The design incorporates the initials for the Museum of Typography and the red, black and white, a nod to classic Swiss typography. The totem-like structure embodies the historical narrative of the significance of letterpress within the history of print.
Here is my entry from Scotland… judging results announced on the 23 June!
For 2018, the World Book Night United Artists issued an invitation to read and respond to the short story ‘Watching God’ in the collection Three Moments of an Explosion by China Miéville. There were many ways in which readers could respond to the text, through word or image, bookbinding, or even boat building.
The image and text submissions, including my letterpress responses below, have been printed out and framed to display in the manner of the library and gallery scenes in the short story. They are on show in an exhibition from 1st – 30th April 2018 at Bower Ashton Library, Bristol. The artist’s book will be launched on World Book Night, 23rd April 2018.
Self Ruin In Perpetua
Miss print a ship 1
Miss print a ship 2
The artist’s book will be published as a paperback ‘ur-text’ in keeping with the contents of the town’s library. The title of the WBN book is Their Eyes Were Watching God – the book searched for but never found. It will be available through publish-on-demand, published on 23rd April 2018