by Dannielle Cresp on December 14, 2011
Back in November, I went to Chicago for the day (from Detroit) to visit an exhibition that I really wanted to see. This exhibition was on at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College and it was called: Wood Type, Evolved: Experimental Letterpress & Relief Printing in the 21st Century.
I meant to share some of my photos from the trip a long time ago, but I totally forgot. The exhibition was really about the revival of the old art of letterpress and how younger people are finding ways to create the wood type using modern equipment and sometimes creating replicas of traditional equipment so that the art of letterpress does not die. I found the exhibition totally fascinating, the only thing I think would have made it better was if there was a gift shop where you could buy either prints or books on the topic. (But it probably saved me a lot of money that they didn’t have one).
I took way too many pictures as usual, so here are just a few.
I’m glad that I went to the exhibition, even if it ended up being an exhausting day. It was great to see what people are doing to revive an art that it would be so devastating to lose.