Nordic Letterpress Collaboration
The first project for Nordic Letterpress Collaboration is POSTED/UNPOSTED, a book art project from the Nordic Countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) with special emphasis on letterpress (boktrykk) printing. The collaboration will result in a limited edition collection and touring exhibition exposing the variety of ways letterpress can be used as a creative process. Twenty five artists, poets, printers and publishers who use (or have the potential to use) letterpress have been invited to contribute to a collaboration with constraints. The project is coordinated by Imi Maufe (Norway) and Lina Nordenström (Sweden).
We are using Wikipedia's definition of Letterpress (boktrykk in Norwegian)
'Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper. A worker composes and locks movable type onto the press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.
In practice, letterpress also includes other forms of relief printing with printing presses, such as wood engravings, photo-etched engravings and zinc plates, and linoleum blocks, which can be used alongside metal type, or wood type, in a single operation, as well as stereotypes and electrotypes of type and blocks. With certain letterpress units it is also possible to join movable type with slugs cast using hot metal typesetting. In theory, anything that is "type high" can be printed using letterpress.'
Lina Nordenström, Richard Årlin, Göta Svensson, Jim Berggren, Nina Bondeson, Barbro Ravander, Tova Fransson (SE), Sakari Männistö, (FIN), Imi Maufe, Ane Thon Knutsen, Johan Solberg, Jostein Sandersen, Ottar Ormstad, Tina Jonsbu, (N), Svends bibliotek (Jesper Palm, Anne Marie Ploug, Nina Maria Kleivan, Hjördis Haack, Viba Bredahl, Carina Zunino), Bent Kvisgaard, Mette Ambeck (DK), Leifur Ýmir Eyjólfsson, Birna Einarsdóttir (IS), Edward Johnson (Åland)
Organisers of this project are:
Imi Maufe is a British visual artist based in Bergen, Norway since 2009. She has a MA in Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking from University of the West of England, Bristol and currently works at Bergen Ateliergruppe, an artist-run studio in Bergen harbour. She includes prints and book arts in her project based work that often document journeys and sense of place. Imi organises collaborations, participates in international residencies and exhibitions and has work in national and international collections
Lina Nordenström has been running the print workshop Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet in Uttersberg, Sweden since 2009. She works primarily with prints, drawings and artists’ books, but also with public commissions. The last few years has been a guest teacher on a regular basis at The University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, teaching artists books and letterpress. Since 1995 she has been exhibiting regularly in Sweden and internationally. Lina studied at Gothenburg University, College of Printmaking Arts in Stockholm and the Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm.
The result of this project will be exhibited in various venues in the Nordic Countries and the rest of the world in 2018.
Posted/Unposted will be launched at Bergen Art Book Fair in October 2017. Imi and Lina will be presenting the work as part of the
seminar with a mini talk at 8.15pm on Thursday 19th October. After the launch POSTED / UNPOSTED will be going on tour to galleries and book fairs in Europe and the US.
If you have any questions about exhibiting the work please get in touch.
Imi Maufe 0047 90257476
HOVER over the images to see the names of the artists
CLICK on the images below for websites for individual artists (not complete yet)
Nordic Letterpress Collaboration is supported by Billedkunstnere vederlagsfondet (NO), Nordiske kulturfond and Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet (SE).