We are seeking examples of the best in international contemporary letterpress printing, to be considered for publication in a forthcoming book with the working title of For the Love of Letterpress, from A&C Black Publisher, UK, a 200 year old publisher now owned by Bloomsbury.
Communicating the love the authors, Cathie Ruggie Saunders and Martha Chiplis, feel for the letterpress process and its result: the sensual, printed artifact, the book will address the teaching and learning of this vintage technology, particularly within art and design school curricula.
Work which speaks to the relationship of structure and concept is sought. Examples of contemporary processes which expand the media’s boundaries and highlight its compatibility with the digital environment are also desired. Formats considered will be: artist’s books, fine press publications, single sheets, and ephemera. Dummies (including pencil, computer-generated, first proofs, and revised proofs) are encouraged to be submitted as digital files with the final piece as well.
A global gallery of professional and student work will be juried from the submission of digital files.
Deadline extended to May 15, 2012.
No submission fee is required.
Maximum number of submissions: 4
A single entry may consist of no more than 3 visuals: an overall shot and two details, alternate views or dummies. We recommend using a professional photographer.
Entries must be in TIFF or JPEG format, print- ready. Only images photographed at the highest possible resolution from no less than a 3.2 megapixel camera and no less than 300 DPI will be accepted.
Artists whose work is selected for inclusion will receive full acknowledgement within the book.
For questions, contact email@example.com.
Authors’ Biographies: Cathie Ruggie Saunders has taught letterpress since 1984 in the Visual Communication Design Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), and has coordinated its growth from a few cases of type and one press, to over 529 cases and 7 presses. Martha Chiplis has been teaching at SAIC since 2008. Before that, she worked sixteen years for the internationally recognized, award-winning publisher and fine press Sherwin Beach Press as a letterpress printer and designer.