What is Letterpress Workers

Officina Novepunti is glad to present The Letterpress Workers International Summit 2013, an international letterpress workshop, which will take place at M^C^O - Centro per le Arti, Milano - from the 12th to the 16th of June.
During the workshop, about twenty designers, from different European and Central American studios, will work side by side, using typefaces, rolls, inks and paper, in the presence of an audience. The resulting artworks will be shown in an exhibition, starting right after the workshop: on that occasion, other typographical works, selected from a pool of italian typographers, will be presented.

First edition

In April 2012, the First Letterpress Workers took place during the Salone del Mobile in Milan. We invited eight european oustanding typographers for a joint work on a virtual scenario: “What if electricity were no more available?'' “What if all digital processes (like offset printing and publishing) got out of order?'' “What if only letterpress could transmit news in a post-crisis world?''
The event took place at the Archivio Giovanni Sacchi in Sesto San Giovanni. The museum is located in a fascinating place, entirely devoted to Industrial Work Heritage. We had a lot of fun printing together, sharing experiences and knowledges, talking about letterpress in each of our countries, with new great friends...
  • "Abbasso l'identità, viva lo stile. L'importante è essere impeccabili."
    Franco Berardi Bifo
  • "If you're trying to be hip, be hip."
    Miles Davis
  • "It's a hundred and six miles to Chicago, we've got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark, and we're wearing sunglasses."
    "Hit it."
    Blues Brothers
  • "I find television very educational. Every time someone switches it on I go into another room and read a good book."
    Groucho Marx

2nd edition
Theme, schedule and equipment

The building hosting M^C^O, twenty years ago, used to be the Municipal Slaughterhouse Company Headquarters. The Fish Market and the Fruits and Vegetable Public Market are still nearby. Every day they sell food to thousands people from everywhere, round the clock. An entire universe of work, of richness and poverty, of tradition and identity is still running here. And now, after so many small talks about finance, stock exchange and eurobond, here we are folks: The Real Market!

But we have food around, the most universal language in the world. LPW is an event where designers can share their print knowledge. Why not to share also our food traditions? Imagine you were one of the owners of a small stand in a street market. What would you sell? Which recipes would you prepare? In which way would you like to communicate?
Take your mum's recipe book, we are hungry :)

Meet the workers!

We have a team of truly awesome folk. You'll love 'em!

Our precious partners

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  • patronage
  • technical sponsor

Our Temporary Printshop

The second edition of the LPW will take place in Macao, a new and participative Center for Arts and Culture.

Where we are

MACAO - Viale Molise, 68, 20132 - Milano


From Linate Airport, take bus n.73. 7 stops. Get out at “V.le Campania V.le Corsica”. Turn left ad walk on Viale Molise for ca. 500 mt.
From Malpensa Airport you can take a train to Milano - Porta Vittoria Station. The arrival station is very close to our place.
From Bergamo Orio al Serio it is a bit more complicated: take the Bus to Milano Central Station, then Metro line 2 to Piola Station (3 stops, dir. Cologno/Gessate ). From Piola Square take bus n.90 for 7 stop. Get out at “Porta Vittoria” and walk straight on viale Molise for 150mt.