The last weekend in April began the first in a series of workshops at the Type Archive. 'Lost Words' is a two-day introduction to letterpress printing and typography, that explores long forgotten language in the lost world of typographic treasures tucked away in the type cases in the print room.
We opened the doors on a sunny morning to a diverse group of students – coming from digital and design backgrounds to a printmaking graduate and a history student on a 3-month trip to the UK. With an introduction to the print room, the presses and, of course, the type to kick us off, we were soon dusting off wood type that hadn't been used in years, explaining the ins and outs of letterpress. Once everyone had gained an understanding of the traditional techniques of type setting, we set the brief that is to run through each workshop: Lost words in a lost world.
Each student chose one word from our little lexicon of 'lost words' (words that have fallen out of use over time), the challenge was to interpret or express the meaning of that word using only type found in the print room, to create a limited edition two colour poster. Each one designed, typeset and printed by hand.
At the end of the two-days we had a set of four great prints, and had all learnt some new words alongside the typography and letterpress printing. You can see the results below...
As the courses progress, the aim is that these prints will be compiled into a full collection – a typographic dictionary of 'lost words'.
If that all sounds interesting and you'd like to learn the craft of letterpress, we have a second workshop happening at the Type Archive on the 17th – 18th September. For more information or to book a ticket:
Type Archive Eventbrite page.