Handmade & Bound
After scoffing down devilled kidneys and kedigree with What the Dickens? on Chatsworth Road Market, we headed to Fleet Street for the Handmade and Bound Book Fair. We walked in to one of the most packed rooms you could imagine, filled with affordable screen prints, zines, handmade books and posters. Each item made with care and dedication and sold for a fair price.
But the best was yet to come.. as we nipped out of the main room for a quick breather (it really was hot in there) we spotted a sign for a basement bar. We followed intriguingly handprinted arrows downstairs in search of liquid refreshment. But, before we could even reach the bar, our attention was drawn to an open door leading to a letterpress studio. We were in like a shot.
Now I’ve been obsessed with letterpresses for a long while now – and to see such an incredible collection of old machines in one room was mind-blowing. Our photographer was gone in a flash – fingers in drawers, lining up letters and capturing these incredible pieces of machinery, while I chatted to Helen Ingham about upcoming courses at the St Bride Foundation Print Workshop, which include bookbinding, letterpressing using antique machines, linocutting and wood engraving.
Helen helped me to press my own flyer. The first of, hopefully, many adventures in letterpressing.
More on the joys of letterpressing soon, possibly in issue one, we’ll keep you posted. But for now, feast your eyes on these…