I was fortunate to catch a wonderful (and rare) vintage letterpress type show in Shoreditch, here in London, just days before it ended (thanks Jovanna). The amazing New North Press put on a show called “Reverting to Type” featuring an impressively curated array of prints, made entirely of block printing letterforms.
At first glance, the prints almost appear to be antiques, plucked from the Victorian era, but on closer inspection, they are laced with a wit and edge that is unmistakably now. The juxtapostion, while not necessarily new, is always refreshing.
The official show description reads: It is New North Press’ great pleasure to invite you to our very own typographic extravaganza!
Curated by Graham Bignell & Richard Ardagh, Reverting to Type will showcase the work of twenty contemporary letterpress practitioners from around the world, contributions from three leading art colleges and the first eight in an ongoing series of prints with especially invited collaborators.
Though the show is now over, prints can be purchased via New North’s website.