What are we talking about
Letterpress Workers International Summit (LPW) is an annual meeting of letterpress designers from Europe and the Americas.
LPW is a short-term artistic residence, open and free to the public, where people work together on a common theme, sharing their knowledge and experience.
In short: a physical social network.
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.
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.
Learn from a pro. Every day a 4 hour workshop will take place, with one of our awesome workers sharing their tips and tricks.
Meet international letterpress workers, build strong connections and lay foundations for future collaborations.
At 21.00 work will stop. But the magic continues. Party hard with the workers!
Come and see! entrance is free!
LPW2017 schedule will be online soon.
A poster does not only have to revive the street, it also has to be humanWillem 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 pleaseMother Jones
Lead has brought more change to the world than gold. Not the lead in the barrel of a rifle, but that in a typecaseChristoph Lichtenberg physicist
Meet the workers
you'll love us
Our Temporary Printshop
Since 2014 LPW takes place in Leoncavallo, the most important squat in Milan.
Where we are
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”
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!