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IN YOUR HANDS
SUMMER CRAFT ACTIVITIES


This summer New North Press is proud to present a series of craft workshops specifically for young people. From our home at Standpoint Studios in Hoxton we will be running three week-long courses over the school holidays aimed at passing on traditional craft skills in Ceramics, Letterpress and Textiles.
*ALL PLACES NOW TAKEN*

September to December monthly adult workshop dates now available.

WORKSHOP VOUCHERS & FESTIVE FAYRES

Our new vouchers are the perfect gift for lovers of type, granting access to one of our Introduction to Letterpress workshops. We will be taking part in the Rochelle School Winter Fayre, 11th – 13th December and also People of Print's Xmas Print Fayre 2015, at KK Outlet, 1st – 23rd December.


NEW PRINTS IN WEB SHOP

Several new prints are now available in our print shop: an inspirational quote from Steve Jobs in The Crazy Ones; short, sharp shocks in The Mikado; and an enlarged version of Explore. Dream Discover!


THINKING THE MAKING

We’re pleased to be exhibiting as part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle & London Design Festival again this year together with the artists of Standpoint Studios. Thinking the Making includes recent print work from ourselves and Paupers Press and the ceramics of Nicola Tassie and Stuart Carey.


LPW 2015

It was a real pleasure to be part of Letterpress Workers International Summit 2015 alongside such a talented and sweaty group, and to finally meet some of the artists from our Reverting to Type exhibition five years ago in person. Huge thanks to our excellent hosts Novepunti.


PRESIDENTIAL APPROVAL

Our Gettysburg Address print is now a part of The White House's collection. We were very pleased to recieve a personal thank you letter President Obama.

April 2015

Gettysburg Address


AWARD WINNING FONT

We're thrilled to announce that A23D, our 3D-printed letterpress font, has won a prestigeous Typeface Design Award from Type Directors Club in New York. Congratulations A2-Type and thanks again to all involved.

February 2015

A23D
A2-Type


SHARING THE MAKING

Our one-week shop will be the perfect place to pick up gifts for letterpress fans and lovers of print. As well as NNP posters and the work of textile artist Sarah Jane Lawton, we'll also be giving you the chance to print your own Christmas cards.


THE PAST & THE FUTURE MEET

We're proud to announce A23D, our 3D-printed letterpress font. Designed by renowned type designers A2-Type and fabricated by specialist model makers Chalk Studios, the font is now a functioning part of New North Press' library of type. Adrian Harrison's fantastic short film charts the project's course, from initial designs to the font's first use in the limited edition A23D specimen posters.


M A Y D A Y

New prints in our Print shop: A celebratory print marking the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysberg Address, printed and hand-coloured by press-founder Graham Bignell. MAYDAY and Hand of Glory are prints inspired by British folklore summoned up by NNP partner Richard Ardagh for MAYDAY, an exhibition at Hand of Glory pub, Hackney.


POP! GOES THE WEASEL (AGAIN)

We are welcoming in the new year with a new version of our Pop! Goes the Weasel print. The first edition had been sold out for a while but rather than reprint it we chose to revise the design and utilise our new type from Bristol, new colours and overprinted layers referencing the melody the rhyme is known for.
January 2014




NASHVILLE CALLING

It was our great pleasure to be visited by Jim Sherraden of Hatch Show Print (who's trip to the UK coincides with a fantastic exhibition of Hatch's work at CHELSEA space). Having contributed prints to our Reverting to Type show but never visited New North Press before, Jim described the workshop as "the cat's miaow".


RECOVERING AN ALBION PRESS

This fantastic short film documents our efforts in recovering an Albion printing press from a commercial printers where it stood, almost forgotten about. The film was made by Tom Stokes who accompanied and aided us in our endeavour and it's thanks to Ed Arthur – the generous and open-minded MD of LEFA Print – that the Albion is now an operational part of our print studio.


MORE TYPE!

A recent salvage mission to to a disbanding printers resulted in returning with a lorry-load more type
– around 50 cases of wood and 20 of metal! There are some really rare and beautiful fonts, so to say we're excited is a huge understatement. Now all that remains is to clean about 60 years' worth of grime off, proof and classify each. Oh, and to try and find space in the studio for it all.

March 2013


BENEFIT OF MR KITE

We've been busy recreating the billings poster that inspired John Lennon to write Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite for the Sgt Pepper album. Peter Dean, who commissioned the print, brought us a photograph of Lennon standing next to the poster, from which we were able to match our types – wherever possible – to those used in the original. The result is a thing of lovingly-recreated beauty.


OLYMPIC POSTERS

Taking inspiration from the Olympic Committee’s strict rules regarding the use of words relating to this summer's Games, we have been setting the recent participants of our workshops an Elephant in the Room project to describe the indescribable. Some of the groups' innovative outcomes will be on display at The Art of Winning exhibition at Boxpark in Shoreditch from 5th July.


HACKNEY LIBRARIES

We've been working with pupils from Holy Trinity Primary School in Hackney and poet Adisa on a project about the appreciation of libraries. The pupils, who were 10 years old, showed amazing proficiency at type setting and were thrilled to see the words they had written published by their own hands. The prints will be displayed in libraries across the borough until the end of the summer.



LIVE IN PRINT

One of the many projects that has been keeping the press busy lately is coming to fruition: <tangible txts> is an exhibition of text message-inspired letterpress prints and homewares. It has been organised by Live In Print, a group set up by graphic designers Christian Holland & Josh Riley, internet developer Darren Clark and New North Press' founder Graham Bignell.


NEW FONT & PRINT EDITION

We are thrilled to have prototype wood blocks for a new ornamented typeface, courtesy of Nigel Bents' BA Graphic Design Communication students at Chelsea College of Art & Design. The font has already been employed in a poster edition by our talented placement student, Kaia Moore from Mossbourne Academy in Hackney. I Think of You in Colours That Don't Exist is available from our online shop.


MONTHLY WORKSHOPS BEGIN

Our program of monthly Introduction to Letterpress workshops began this month with an enthusiastic group of partakers who produced a great collaborative print on the subject of an upcoming global sporting event, with the considerable restriction of adhering to the stringent brand guidelines forbidding almost all words relating to the occasion.


REVERTING TO TYPE PORTFOLIO 1

We are proud to announce the completion of Reverting to Type Portfolio 1: Ten typographic collaborations, featuring work from Phil Baines, Vikram Seth, Fraser Muggeridge Studio, David Pearson, Catherine Dixon, Gabriel Gbadamosi, Stevey Scullion, Beatrice Bless, OPX Design
and Peter Ashton Jones.


EXHIBITIONS AND AWARDS

We are currently exhibiting in Imaginary Menargerie, a show exploring language's tongue-tripping and unpronounceable labyrinths at text/gallery. In the run-up to Christmas we will also be taking part in an interior-themed group show, Hatchet and Helve at Standpoint Gallery (where Reverting to Type was held this time last year). And finally, congratulations to design agency OPX who have won an ISTD award for the Look Mum No Hands! corporate branding designed with a font from our type library.


HOT OFF THE PRESS

We have been hard at work producing four new prints featuring quotes from author Mark Twain and philosopher Lao Tse, and poetry from Swinburne and thirtieth president of United States of America, Calvin Coolidge.


ORANGES & LEMONS SECOND EDITION

The ink is dry on a new run of our Oranges & Lemons collaboration with Richard Ardagh. First printed in 2008, the print has been sold out for two years but a second edition of 200 prints is now available.
April 2011

Orange & Lemons


REVERTING TO TYPE—full stop

Reverting to Type showcased the work of twenty contemporary letterpress practitioners from around the world, contributions from four leading art colleges and the first ten in an ongoing series of prints with especially invited collaborators in Portfolio 1 at Standpoint Gallery in London, UK.