Connecting letterpress practitioners across the Nordic countries

Over a weekend in 2022, four letterpress practitioners met in Sweden for a short letterpress artist residency. During one of the evening’s discussions a seed of an idea was sewn – It became apparent that a high number of letterpress studios across Nordic countries worked very remotely and their only networks were from more centralised European locations. This raised the question that shouldn’t there be a dedicated network specifically for Nordic counties? The discussion set an idea in motion which would eventually manifest itself as the Nordic Letterpress Network.

Currently the Nordic Letterpress Network (NLN) project group consists of six printers, designers and artists from Sweden, Norway, Finland and the United Kingdom who all utilise letterpress printing in their own work and who collaborate on projects.

  • Angie Butler – AB Studio – Letterpress / Book binding / Artists books
  • Camilla Gunnar – Bland typer & tryck: Letterpress / Wood & Linocut / Book binding / Artists books
  • Edward Johansson – Ahvaland: Letterpress / Relief & Intaglio printing
  • Lina Nordenström – Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet: Letterpress / Wood & Linocut / Relief & Intaglio printing
  • Imi Maufe – Letterpress / Book binding / Artists books
  • Carl Middleton – Studio B: Letterpress / Wood & Linocut / Relief printing

We are looking for likeminded people to invite to take part in a research project. It is important to qualify why the study is being done and what it will involve. The following information qualifies the focus of the initiative. If you have any questions or would like further information about any specific details please contact the team by email: nordicletterpressnetwork@email.com

The initiative is still in its early stages, but with interest and support it is hoped to research the existing workshops and publish a listing (set to be launched in January 2024). The first stage is to solicit information via an on-line questionnaire. If you are interested in taking part or know any letterpress studios who may be interested, please pass on the details of the project.

The aims for the NLN project are to:

  • Identify and create a freely accessible online resource – listing letterpress practitioners, studios and print workshops throughout the Nordic countries.
  • Facilitate connections and knowledge exchange between artists, printers, designers and members of the public who are based in the Nordic countries.
  • Build an understanding of the letterpress process, sharing best practice and materials knowledge.
  • Work towards a more sustainable, innovative and culturally successful discipline.

We invite practitioners in letterpress printing who are residents in the Nordic countries. The purpose of our questionnaire is to gain information about people’s printing practice, studio / print shops, equipment and any events they may be interested sharing or participating in as part of the network. This information will be collated and form a network listing that will be published online biannually (twice a year) and will be freely available for anyone to access.

Benefits

Each member will be part of an online showcase of innovative making and heritage craft within letterpress printing in the Nordic regions. They will have opportunities to connect with other letterpress practitioners across the Nordic countries, take part in network events, share best practice methods, source materials, equipment and support others who are interested in letterpress printing.

Protection of Information

There are no risks to taking part. All information we receive will be treated in the strictest confidence and will be kept confidential on our database until contributors agree for the information to be published. Electronic research material will be kept in a password protected secure setting to which only the network organisers have access and uphold the principles of General Data protection protocols.

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Currently the project is self- funded.

  • Stage one will be to research and collate a listing shared via email.
  • Stage two will be to build and publish the information on a dedicated website.

For further information or to take part email the team at: nordicletterpressnetwork@email.com

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© Carl Middleton – July 2023.

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