Pop Press Letterpress at Craft. Design. Contemporary.
Pop Press Letterpress at Craft. Design. Contemporary (Friday 5th – Sunday 7th December)
Here at Pop Press we’re just recovering from a busy weekend, spent at the coolest creative venue in Nottingham, The Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery, The gallery has just had it’s annual Christmas craft fair and Pop Press were lucky enough to have a stall. That’s us in the picture above!
Setting up was a breeze thanks to the helping hands of gallery staff and the simple but beautifully designed plywood display units built for us by the talented ChungTyson.
Our very helpful pop-press assistant/daughter, Dali(Check her teenage apparel website www.daliraeshop.co.uk).
It was surprising to see so many people queueing to get in, no doubt helped along by the mulled wine and mince pies. Suddenly there were people around our stall, curiously studying our designs. Did they appeal…?
Phew, yes they did! We had a fantastic response from the good people of Nottingham and beyond (including visitors from Japan, China, Italy Venezuela, Portugal, Ecuador!). What a great way to meet other artists, designers and especially old school printers who had witnessed the takeover of offset litho and digital printing and were surprised and delighted to see that letterpress printing was seeing a revival.
We also made friends with some of the other artists and craftspeople. One of our neighbours was Chris Shefford Smith, a young Fine Art graduate whose intricate ink pen patterns were sold as risograph prints and apparel. Ming and I would love to see what his work would look like letterpress printed.
We also hooked up with The Curious Pancake, an online boutique greeting card and gift shop (run by Ben & Claire – see photo below) who have some great work including some letterpressed cards by some of our favourite US publishers such as Egg Press and Hello Lucky.
Ben & Claire from The Curious Pancake
We loved Audrey & Illya’s stuff.
This creative duo produce screen printed and knitted goods under the same umbrella. We did a cat swapsie…
A little cat from Audrey& Illya for some big cats from Pop Press.
We clicked with the lovely (kimono wearing) Jenna from Ding Ding, who produces stylish, functional products with simple graphic pattern motifs and fellow greeting card publishers. Couldn’t stop our daughter from snapping up her practical clip boards…
There were also many talented jewellers at the event. Although I didn’t get to talk to everyone, I did meet Dawn Feeney (see her delicate framed metallic insects) and the lovely Amy from Worm Child who educated me on the art of lost wax casting and Ruth from Rare Folk with her avant garde (African inspired?) jewellery.
Dawn Burbidge from Dawn Feeney Jewellery
Ruth Nutting from Rare Folk
So, brilliant weekend. Hard work but worth it. Both Ming and I agree that if they’d have us back we’d do it again next year!