Activities

The dates for all events organised by the Imprints of the New Modernist Editing have now been finalised. Please note  that all expenses for participants, including UK travel, catering, and accommodation if required, will be covered. We hope to attract wide range of participants: those with a professional background in art, printmaking, editing, writing, or any other related practices are welcome, but we are equally glad to welcome those with no professional experience.

The events will comprise:

1. A practical workshop on letterpress typography and print at the Glasgow School of Art (led by Edwin Pickstone, project CoI) – 5 December 2019

                                                                                 Imprints of the New Modernist Editing:
                                                                Yapping with Cutbush: A one-day practical workshop on
                                                      letterpress typography and print, led by Edwin Pickstone (project CoI)
                                                                       Glasgow School of Art, Thursday 5th December 2019
The early twentieth century saw great waves of reform, standardisation and professionalisation move through the European and American print industries. However, the period is also of great consequence for the breaking down of formal and orthodox
barriers, with artists, authors and designers finding new senses of ‘authorship’ in the production of the printed word. In exploring these historical contexts, workshop participants will be able to better appreciate the practical and aesthetic considerations at play in the creation of modernist texts through hands on experience of the technologies which were used in their production, and through the creation of their own new printed material. Held in the Caseroom, Glasgow School of Art this workshop is intended to give participants an experience of how independent printers such as the Hogarth Press found new forms as they grappled to combine language and aesthetics with the practical restrictions of letterpress printing. Over the course of the day each participants will move through the roles of Editor, Designer, Printer and Binder to produce their own unique edition of Virginia Woolf’s currently unprinted short story ‘Ode written partly in prose on seeing the name of Cutbush above a butcher’s shop in Pentonville’.
The Caseroom, Glasgow School of Art is the largest collection of letterpress printing equipment in a higher education institution
in Scotland. Dedicated to the art of moveable type this fully functioning workshop houses a wide range of typefaces in both
metal and wood, multiple printing presses and associated machinery, the oldest of which was produced in the mid nineteenth
century. Amongst other credits, The Caseroom is a listed member of the International Association of Printing Museums and
European Association of Printing Museums. 
Edwin Pickstone is Lecturer, Typography Technician and Designer in Residence at The Glasgow School of Art, where since 2005 he has cared for the school’s collection of letterpress printing equipment. Focusing on the material nature of print Pickstone uses letterpress technology, collaborating with artists and designers on a wide range of projects. His work spans academic, artistic and design worlds, with particular interest in the history of typography, graphic design, the nature of print and the book.

                                                     Applications for this workshop are now closed.

2. A workshop about the book as physical object of social and cultural exchange and its relationship to the        reader and the post-reading act, in collaboration with the social enterprise MyBookcase (led by Cristina Garriga, MyBookcase founder and project partner, to be held at the National Library of Scotland and the archives of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art) – 7 February 2020
3. A practical workshop on pochoir technique and the image/text relationship at the Edinburgh College of Art (led by Jane Hyslop, project CoI and Network member) – 21 February 2020
4. A workshop on the languages of editing and culture writing (facilitated by Sarah Auld, Chris McCormack, Andrew Thacker and Nick Thurston) – 6 March 2020
5. An exhibition of works made in response to the selected constellation of texts, to be held at Shandy Hall in collaboration with The Laurence Sterne Trust at Shandy Hall (project partner), 12-26 July 2020. If you wish to propose work for the exhibition please see our opportunity on CuratorSpace: https://www.curatorspace.com/opportunities/detail/imprints-of-the-new-modernist-editing/3792
6. A workshop responding to the exhibition about the relationship between text and non-verbal elements as they are presented within an art context, to be held at Shandy Hall – 13 July 2020