Month: April 2015

Women Compositors – The Victoria Press

This is one of those rare times where my nerdy obsession with collecting print ephemera turns out to have functional use for my thesis. 

This print shows women working as compositors at the offices of the Victoria Press in London. 

I must do some more research into this, but here are the images:
   
 

Typesetting Fun – ICVWW Braddon Project

At the moment I’m gearing up for a project in collaboration with the ICVWW at Canterbury Christ Church University. 

After the success of Letterpress Reimagined last year, this time we are heading a bit further back in time, to the writing of Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1835-1915). 

We’re running a creative writing competition which encourages entrants to submit a 150 word piece on events surrounding Braddon’s best known text, Lady Audley’s Secret (1862). Full information is here

Eight winners will have their entries letterpress printed in a booklet bound by the wonderful Anna Fewster. Winners will also be able to take part in the printing process via a special workshop using the ICVWW’s Minerva Platen press (ran by me – haha!). 

An overall winner will receive free entry to the forthcoming ICVWW 2nd International Conference. 

You can see some of the entries we have received over at the project blog. And, if I go quiet in May, you can be sure I’m holed up somewhere having typesetting fun! 

 

Anna and I during the 2014 Letterpress Reimagined project workshops. 

  

Checking page registration for the Sissinghurst poem booklets for Letterpress Reimagined.