Letterpress
Workers 2017

28th june to 2nd july
PRINT ME BABY
ONE MORE TYPE!

Letterpress Workers International summit

Letterpress Workers International Summit (LPW) is an annual meeting of letterpress designers from Europe and the Americas.

LPW is a short-term artistic residence, where letterpress printers work together on a common theme, sharing their knowledge and experience. The general public is welcome to watch and meet the workers; access is free.
In short: a physical social network.

Lpw started in Milan in 2012, curated by Officina Tipografica Novepunti.
Since 2014, it has been held at Leoncavallo S.p.a.

RESIST

This years theme

We are living in strange and rather scary times. For this reason, the concept we choose to work on is “Resist”.

“Resist” has a wide range of political interpretations. It could be historical (i.e. Willem Sandberg or Omar Al Mukhtar), or connected to the battle for the environment (Zad in France or the Standing Rock protests in the USA) or civil rights (Black Lives Matter).

Another thing we should resist is disinformation. Fake news, alternative facts, social network bombing and dishonest use of graphic design make it more difficult to understand the world. We need new tools to do so. Letterpress could be one of those tools.

Letterpress itself is a form of resistance: it still exists – the number of people involved increases year by year, and the process itself contains a kind of resistance, between letters, ink and paper.

The event

LPW2017 schedule

See them in action

Do you love letterpress? Or are you just curious?
Now you have the chance to see the best printers the letterpress world has to offer working live. See their tricks, be inspired by their creativity.

Workshops

Learn from a pro. Every day a 4 hour workshop will take place, with one of our awesome workers sharing their tips and tricks.

Networking!

Meet international letterpress workers, build strong connections and lay foundations for future collaborations.

Have fun!

At 21.00 work will stop. But the magic continues. Party hard with the workers!

Come and see! entrance is free!

Schedule

What’s going to happen, day by day

Wednesday 28

19:30 Opening

Curious about letterpress? Now is the time to take a look…

Thursday 29

18:00 open to the public
18:30–20:00 Type and ink pechakucha special edition

8 Letterpress designers, 20 slides, 20 seconds/slide.
The quickest way to get your hands dirty.

Friday 30

16:00–18:00 Workshop

Little bit of Hope
with John Christopher
6 persons max
40 euro

More info

18:00 open to the public
18:30–20:00 Presentation

The life and work of Albert Schiller
with Naomi Midgley
Illustrate the word only with ornaments

Saturday 1

10:00–18:00 Workshop

L’AlzaBandiera! (lliterally “The Flag-Raising!”)
Letterpress-screen printing workshop
with Officina 9pt & Serileo
Design and print your own battle banner

5 persons max
60 euro

More info

15:00 open to the public
15:30 Typographic guided tour

with Lucio Passerini
An amusing raid between inks, rollers and types; to get an idea of the used techniques, a better understanding of the printing process.
12 persons max
FREE

Booking required

Saturday 1

15:30–17:00 Kids workshop

SUMMER TYPE…and the printing is easy
with Abicidi
6 kids max
15 euro

More info

 15:30–17:00 Workshop

Cheers! Nothing better than some beers, 2° edition
with Jens Jorgen Hansen
6 persons max
40 euro

More info

 18:30–20:00 The great Type Auction

Take your time and spend your money in print materials & other (un)useless stuffs

Sunday 2

15:00 open to the public
13:30 BBQ
17.30 end of LPW 2017
See you next year!
the program could have slight variations

any questions?

A poster does not only have to revive the street, it also has to be human

Willem Sandberggraphic designer

There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What the hell is water?"

David Foster Wallacewriter

I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword. I will tell the truth wherever I please

Mother Jones

Lead has brought more change to the world than gold. Not the lead in the barrel of a rifle, but that in a typecase

Christoph Lichtenberg physicist

Workers

you'll love us

Armina Ghazaryan

Type & Press

Belgium

Marie Vandevoorde

Marva

Belgium

Kastaar

Belgium

C. Rocha e M. Mello

Oficina Tipografica

Brasil

Marc Berger

Edition Schwarzdruck

Germany

Thomas Siemon

Carpe Plumbum

Germany

Julienne Jattiot

Jott P. M.

Germany

Matthias Beck

Tipos en su tinta

Germany

Jens Jørgen Hansen

letterpress

Denmark

Arcangela Regis

Lauren Press

Spain

Yago Bolivar

Familia Plomez

Spain

Tara Vega

Oficina Tipogràfica Marvel

Spain

Jesus Morentin

Bunker Type

Spain

Christian Granados

Coagulo

Spain

Edward Johannson

ahvaland

Finland

Guillame Bétemps

l’Atelier à l’Envers

France

Marco Brunello

Cartiera Clandestina

Italy

Ink Different

Ink Different

Italy

Libri finti clandestini

Libri finti clandestini

Italy

Lucio Passerini

Edizioni Il Buon Tempo

Italy

&type

Italy

Paolo Cabrini

Pratiche dello Yajè

Italy

Sander Pinkse

Boekproductie

Netherlands

Anne Marie Koper

In Translation

Netherlands

Tiny Risselada

Letterpers

Netherlands

Marieke de Wit

Netherlands

Marko Drpić

tipoRenesansa

Slovenia

Göta Frideborg

Tryckkammaren

Sweden

John Cristopher

Flowers & Fleurons

England

John Spencer

England

Justin Knopp

Typoretum

England

Naomi Midgley

Inksquasher

England

Carl Middleton

Neat Design

England

Chris Wilson

Blackdog Letterpress

England

Brittany Ryan

England

Myrna Keliher

Expedition Press

USA

Serileo

Your lovely host

Italy

Novepunti

Your lovely host

Italy

Workshops

Get your hands dirty!

Friday 30

16:00–18:00

Little bit of Hope

with John Christopher

LPW veteran John Christopher will lead a 2 hour workshop where you can create a boxed set of typographic postcards. You will print messages of Hope onto 9 × 15 cm 350 gsm cards using letterpress type, ink and a proof press.
We will supply all materials including a small letterpress printed box in which to keep your messages before you send them to your friends.

Letterpress is a dirty process so don’t wear your best clothes!

Places

max 6

persons

Price

40

each
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Saturday 1

15:30–17:00

Cheers! Nothing better than some beers, 2° edition

with Jens Jorgen Hansen

Directly from Denmark, LPW veteran Jens Jorgen Hansen will lead a 2 hour workshop where you can print a complete set of beer coasters using letterpress type, ink and a proof press. We will supply all materials including rounded and square beer coasters, of course.

Don’t forget you will get dirty, don’t wear your best clothes!

Places

max 6

Persons

Price

40

each
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Saturday 1

15:30–17:00

SUMMER TYPE…and the printing is easy

with Abicidi

Il laboratorio di ABiCiDi offre la preziosa possibilità di far conoscere al bambino la stampa tipografica a caratteri mobili in legno: si gioca liberamente con lettere, parole, concetti, emozioni, si impara una tecnica manuale e si realizzano delle stampe artistiche uniche da portare a casa.

Cosa impareremo?
Impareremo i nomi, la tecnica e i materiali della tipografia artigianale, useremo i caratteri mobili di legno per creare tante forme diverse che stamperemo su dei piccoli tirabozze.

Places

max 6

6-8 years kids

Price

15

each
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Saturday 1

10:00–18:00

L’AlzaBandiera!
Design and print your own battle banner

with Officina 9pt & Serileo

The workshop offers participants the incredible goal to print their own flag and a coordinated shirt, combining two printing techniques: letterpress and screen printing.

During the morning, mobile printing will be explored to create a composition that in the afternoon will be transferred to a silk screen and printed in multiple colors on the two media.

If you take part, you’ll bring home:

  • the T-shirt you’ll print (tell us which size in the e-mail, we’ll try to please you);
  • an A3-size reflective banner printed by you, complete with hem and pole;
  • all the print proofs you will be able to grab.

Places

max 5

persons

Price

60

each
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Leoncavallo S.P.A

Our Temporary Printshop

Since 2014 LPW takes place in Leoncavallo, the most important squat in Milan.

Where we are

Leoncavallo – Via Watteau 7, 20125 – Milano

How to reach us

The easiest way to get to Leoncavallo  is to go to Milano Central Station by bus or train (there are fast and easy connections from any airport), then take a bus or a taxi.

From Central Station/Bus
n.81 – to “Via E. De Marchi / Via S. R. delle Ande”
n.87 – to “Piazza Greco”

Contact

Do you have questions about the event?
Do you want participate in our awesome workshops?

Please write us. We will reply as soon as we can!