So Joe and I had an exciting print elated trip, attending the Trade Show at the British Print Institute's AGM earlier this month. It was a slightly odd location, I must admit, tucked away in the far Northern regions of Bristol, at A Holiday Inn in Frenchay. A bit of a mission on a bike, and Joe's Sat-Nav sent him wandering around the ministry of defense for a while.
Once arriving however- and after one of many trips to the free coffee and biscuit counter- we entered into the trade room. It was fantastic to see so many participants keeping the trade alive, and we were taken a back by the range of characters who attended. There were people from all over the country, with very different work, from the traditionalists to the modern, the composers, casters and collectors. The whole event felt like it was brimming with excitement.
I had fallen in with Angie Butler and her crew, so we had a table set up to promote the project.
She had a fantastic collection of work from UWE students and artists books and prints on display.
She had also spent time before promoting the Bristol Set In Print project, so upon arrival, we were set upon by a fleet of printers, many with amazing stories of how they came involved in the Letterpress World. The majority attending were hobby printers. So it was interesting to see the contrast in attitudes and printing styles, between the industrialists and those with an outside interest.
It was great catching up with Paul Bishop a participant, and printer worked for his father's company 'Bishop & Company. We also got to grab interviews with Andrew Dolinski at The Carpathian Press, one of the smallest foundry's remaining in the UK.
There was so much on sale, books, type and furniture.. It was hard not to go home heavier than you left. Lead weighs more than gold after all. it was a shame, with all this flitting about and socializing, we were unable to attend any of the talks going on. It definitely left us with more questions and leads to help with project development.
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!