After much planning and tinkering we are proud to announce that we will be taking part in this year’s London Design Festival in conjunction with Fortnum & Mason. Following on from having previously run an open workshop event with Cockpit Arts way back in the mists of time (2009 to be precise), we felt it was high time that we ran another public event to help introduce people to the wonderful, ink-stained world of letterpress. It just so happens that venerable retailer (and SORT stockist) Fortnum & Mason are planning on relaunching their stationery department in September and we are delighted to be able to work with them and celebrate the history of the store at the same time.
The London Design Festival itself runs from the 14th – 22nd of September, plus we may be adding a few extra days before that, which will be confirmed a bit nearer the date. During this time, we will be setting up a recreation of a portion of our studio; hauling one of our antique Victorian presses into the store as well as a multitude of printing paraphernalia. We are also currently designing a collection of bespoke stationery items for Fortnum & Mason that will celebrate their history and their legacy of tea. These exclusive products will be available during the event plus we will be actually printing some of them in store for the duration and running demonstrations to show the public the processes involved in how we manufacture our products. As well as this, we will be offering walk-in interactive demos and free, customisable keepsakes, for those wishing to have a go at some type composing and pulling of prints.
We will be releasing more information and specifics as we approach the launch but if you have any queries then just send us an email.
In the meantime, here’s a shot of what kind of preparations we’ve got underway; we started off by giving one of our demonstration Adanas a good scrub up and a lick of paint*. Here it is disassembled and ready to be stripped:
* we managed to resist our overriding temptation to chrome plate it and have since stuck with a more traditional paint job.
And, for those of you not based in London or may have missed it, we had a nice little preview in last week’s Time Out too!
Image courtesy of Ms. Tamasyn Gambell. Repeatedly.