The second day of Into the Fold brought more wealth of content and discussion. It saw Phil Baines give a talk about Grotesque typefaces and then a letterpress demonstration, Sam Winston running an interactive drawing project and Lynda Brockbank discussing the 99 Words project.
British designer, typographer, writer and professor Phil Baines was in early in the morning, demonstrating and setting type downstairs in the Letterpress studio at Camberwell. The impetus of his visit was borne from the Flaxman Semi-Bold typeface, designed by Edward Wright, and Camberwell being the only place holding this typeface in it's letterpress collection. He worked on a poster of a quote from Re-make/Re-model by Michael Bracewell - using all Grotesque variants: Grot 19, Elongated Sans, Headline Bold and of course, Flaxman Semi-Bold.
"The restrictions of spacing, the body and how type goes together become so blatantly obvious with letterpress that it helps to explain structures and the way type is constructed. If you’re interested in type design it’s really good, whatever the elasticity of the invisible em square. We always get our first-year students to draw letters with two pencils taped together. It’s incredible nowadays how many kids have not been taught how to hold a pencil properly – to the extent that they can’t draw. Not just letters; they can’t draw, at all, because they can’t handle a pencil. Staggering."
- Quote from an Eye interview, here.
Sam Winston and Kate Smallshaw's This Is Not a Brief saw a mixed-discipline group of students leaving behind their pre-conceptions of what they do and what they expect a brief to ask of them, to complete a set of tasks surrounding the theme of finite creativity. The first scenario gave them twelve months left as ‘creatives’ and they had ten minutes to create a list of everything they would do in a year – their answers spanned world travel, publishing tomes and completing long pined for projects about cats. Scenario two offered up five urgent minutes to decipher their last-make with only 31 days left to create, and the final scenario saw them mastering a world with no tomorrows – with only twelve hours left, how would you leave your mark?
We have an emerging N O W made up of yellow, pink and blue post-its answering these questions on the front wall of Camberwell Space – wisdoms so far include: ‘abstract drawings’, ‘have lunch with my dads’, ‘a beautiful rug’ and in the words of Nike… ‘just do it’. We are halfway through the ‘O’ and have a bunch of post-its free for ideas from you.
Later on in the day, designer Lynda Brockbank brought in the book You Have Breath For No More Than 99 Words. What Would They Be? designed at Crescent Lodge, the consultancy she co-founded in 1986. A creatively led group comprising practitioners from multiple backgrounds and supported by technical and planning specialists, they work alongside their clients to make functional, purposeful and out of the ordinary communications.
99 Words raised similar ideas to those posed in Sam Winston’s non-brief – the problem, identified by the author Liz Gray in a quote from Robert Wyatt, of getting so out of touch that ‘words take the place of meaning’. Gray suggests that rather than being morbid she is proposing a re-assessment, and a device for choosing ninety-nine essential words.
Lynda went on to discuss work produced by Crescent Lodge for clients including BBC, Chelsea College of Art and Hackney Empire, showing innovative examples of solutions for deadlines, budgets and book design.
Among Other Things
Fresh Prints: Camberwell Press has been invited to display a range of recently produced publications at the Fresh Prints exhibition – Showroom, University of the Arts London. Please join us at the Private View on Wednesday the 1st of May to discuss and see what we have been working on.
Let's Get Quizzical – Round 2: Following the success of the first, we are inviting you to join us and take part in the second instalment of the Camberwell Press pub quiz, with categories such as: Typography, Animation, Illustration, Film and more to question your creative mental knowledge.
18 February 6pm - 9pm
Camberwell College of Arts
Book launch for I used to be a design student, created by Brighten the Corners, Frank Philipin and Billy Kiosoglou. The launch takes place at Camberwell College of Arts where the inspiration began after a workshop led by Brighten the Corners for the BA Graphic Design students, which looked at the relationship between their student work and their development into professional practice. Find out more about the book and event here.
13 December 2012 09.00 - 18.00
LBi Event Space
To find out more on the event visit the Alt/Shift website and join the discussion online.
4 October - 20 October 2012
Mokita 2: illustration Symposium
16 October 2012 10.00 - 17.00
Le Fil The Filosophy of Making
25 - 28 September 2012
Le Fil presents his debut solo show 'Pop Sculpture: The Filosophy of Making', which will bring the spectacle of pop music into the art gallery context. Camberwell Space will be transformed into a multi-disciplinary platform ready for a pop sculptural reinvention. 'Pop Sculpture' features new songs, ceramics and sculptures created by Le Fil during his art residency at Vanguard Court Studios in Peckham.
Writing on the Wall
14 March 2012
CCW Wilson Road
Into the Fold
24 February - 13 March 2012
Camberwell Press seeks to create and ideal and interactive studio within a public space for two and half weeks. The exhibition will culminate in a publication formed from material generated with collaborators via a series of talks, workshops, design & publishing projects.
Among Other Things
10 January - 10 Feburary 2012
Among Other Things brings together objects, video, sound and installation by four artists who question what it means to produce work through relational encounters with and between people.
onedotzero_adventures in motion
23 - 27 November 2011
2011 sees onedotzero celebrate 15 years of championing the progression of global digital culture and innovation in motion. Programmed in partnership with regular host venue BFI Southbank, this special anniversary will present short films and animation, music videos, interactivity, digital art and everything in between.