ABOUT: POSTED / UNPOSTED is the first Nordic Letterpress Collaboration, a book art project from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) with special emphasis on letterpress printing. The project’s aim was to create a network and a focus for letterpress and book art practices, which are not so widely utilised in this part of Northern Europe.
Twenty five artists, poets, printers and publishers who use (or have the potential to use) letterpress printing techniques were invited to contribute to this collaboration with constraints. The constraints are as follows: all work must contain an element of letterpress, be contained within a standard C5 (229 x 162 mm) envelope and printed in an edition of forty. Envelope and content were to be considered as equally important parts of the art works. The box measures 26.5 x 18.5 x 6.5cm
Participants: 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) HOVER over the images below to see the names of the artists / CLICK on the images for the websites for individual artists.
POSTED / UNPOSTED was co-ordinated by Imi Maufe (Norway) and Lina Nordenström (Sweden) and collated at Grafiverkstan Godsmagasinet, Sweden. It was launched at the Bergen Art Book Fair in 2017 and has since been touring to various international galleries and book fairs. In the spring 2019, POSTED/ UNPOSTED ++ travelled to the San Francisco Center for the Book in the United States.
We used the 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.' www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letterpress_printing
The Organisers: 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 www.imimaufe.com 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. She is 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. www.grafkverkstan.se/lina-nordenstrom
If you have any questions about exhibiting the work or wish to purchase one of the available copies please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Imi Maufe 0047 90257476
The Nordic Letterpress Collaboration is supported by Billedkunstnere vederlagsfondet (NO), Nordiske kulturfond and Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet (SE).
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