A letterpress and typographic composition workshop.
Each and every typographic printshop is a layering of materials, recoveries and tricks. Each and every typographer has his own personal way of organizing, creating and cataloguing.
The life of a printshop is represented by the typefaces kept in it, by the forgotten compositions that lay in its dusty corners, by old clichés and, in luckiest and rarest occasions (as in "La vecchia stamperia"), wood engravings… a history whose remains are images, pieces and broken messages, just as an archaeological site.
The workshop we are proposing here, investigates the ways traditional typography can be used in actual contemporary communication, while bringing a particular emphasis to a fundamental aspect of this practice: the act of recovery. By recovering ancient techniques and materials, a substrate made by images emerges: a substrate that characterizes the "typographic place" both culturally and geographically. These exact materials are where we want to start our journey from, a path that will lead to the construction of a new approach to artisanal typography.
Bring a pencil, computer and a camera (and, if you have them: linocut knife, burin, lino and different materials for the printing plate)