Reverting to Type

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In December 2020 it will be ten years since the formative Letterpress expose ‘Reverting to Type’ an exhibition organized by the New North Press at the Standpoint Gallery in London. The exhibition bought together over seventy international letterpress studios and signposted trends in contemporary letterpress printing (then). Ten years on the majority of the contributors are still printing – some moving premises and investing in more equipment – most composing work not dissimilar to that of their original exhibits. But some embracing new technologies (3D printing / Laser cutting / CNC routing) to expand the repertoire of how this 500 year old out-of-date process performs in a digital world.

The letterpress community are looking forward to seeing how ten years has informed contemporary practice with the possibility of a further exhibition: Reverting to Type +10.

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© Carl Middleton – 2020

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