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Glaukonome / The Nereid of ‘Mastering the Grey Sea’

I’ve made some work for an exhibition at The Lettering Arts Trust at Snape Maltings in Suffolk

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GLAUKONOME
The Nereid of ‘Mastering the Grey Sea’
SIMON LEWTY & THE NEREIDS’
‘A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE LETTERING ARTS TRUST AND ART FIRST /
THE EXHIBITION FEATURES MAJOR WORKS BY SIMON LEWTY /
AND IS ACCOMPANIED BY INDIVIDUAL DEPICTIONS OF THE MYTHICAL NEREIDS
CREATED BY 26 ARTISTS REPRESENTED BY THE LETTERING ARTS TRUST’
GLAUKONOME
The Nereid of  ‘Mastering the Grey Sea’
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designed / hand-set & composed by Kelvyn Laurence Smith /
from a careful selection of monotype ornaments /
decorative borders & typographic sorts /
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& Printed letterpress on a Vandercook Universal 4 /
in various Greys / Greens & Silvers
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on a GF Smith 270gsm Colourplan Real Grey
in a limited edition of 3
Signed on the reverse by the artist /
FOR SALE from THE LETTERING ARTS TRUST / £400

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Hole & Corner / Make Well weekends

for the first time in a while I’m going to be doing a series of short letterpress workshops with my friends at’ ‘hole & corner’ / they have brought together a really interesting set of makers & we’ll all be set up on three weekends this summer at the ‘the guild’ in wilton near salisbury . . . to sign up for one & two hour workshops follow the links . . . more information to follow soon . . .
Hole & Corner presents Make Well at The Guild
This summer, we are delighted to present Make Well at The Guild Wiltshire, a series of three weekend events, starting on July 3—4, followed by August 14—15 and ending with September 11—12.
Get hands on and develop new skills, meet the makers and learn about their craft through our line-up of inspiring talks. Buy work from some of the most talented up-and-coming craftspeople in the UK. Food, drink, live DJs and special offers all add to the fun.

 

Prints from The New Typography Workshop

Due to the global pandemic Alan Kitching & I have not been able to run our Typography & Letterpress School; ‘The New Typography Workshop’ in Kennington in London since March 2020.
We have been busy though & have collated all of the printed outcomes of our classes from the last three years & published in our ‘Print Shop’. The work can be seen & bought on our ‘New Typography Workshop site’. All of the proceeds from sales goes to maintaining the & school & the collection of unique wood letter & metal types. We hope to be up & running again in the Spring 2021 & are offering a Gift Voucher & prospective classes twice a month until the Autumn.
Below is an introduction to what we do & a selection of work from The New Typography Workshop ‘Print Shop’.


The resurgence of Letterpress over the last few decades has triggered a passionate respect for the craft of Typography & has reinforced its position in the visual arts. Letterpress has evolved as a natural ally to the graphic arts & identified itself as an exciting process to express ideas & an extraordinarily thorough process to examine language & typography. As an antidote to the immediate & often dispensable nature of modern technology, the slow articulation of the technical side of Letterpress allows the designer to immerse themselves in the focus of the craft & revel in the simple joys of making.
There are very few letterpress facilities remaining in the British Isles & even fewer experts to instruct. Conceived & directed by leading typographic practitioner Kelvyn Smith & letterpress maestro Alan Kitching: The New Typography Workshop is a new – hands-on – school of design & typography with letterpress at its core. It offers art directors, artists, designers, printmakers & students the opportunity to study typography & work closely with wood letter & metal type, letterpress materials & printing equipment. The school offers a series of one & two-day classes each month as well as two intense five-day Summer Schools. Business & corporate workshops are also offered to suit the requirements of the parties concerned.

Manifesto poster / Orange on White

Manifesto poster / Orange on White

We wanted to create a ‘statement of intent’ by way of a simple manifesto poster. It was set in wood letter using a variety of sizes in our rare condensed sans serif. It was ‘designed, hand-set & printed across three days in June 2018 in Fluorescent Orange on a 145gsm Heritage paper in a limited edition of 60.
By way of a manifesto –
hand-set & printed on a 145gsm coated paper
594 x 841mm (A1)
in 1 colour
in a limited edition of 60
June 2018
Signed by Alan Kitching & Kelvyn Smith

For Sale / £150

Manifesto poster / Silver on Black

Manifesto poster / Silver on Black

We wanted to create a ‘statement of intent’ by way of a simple manifesto poster. It was set in wood letter using a variety of sizes in our rare condensed sans serif. It was ‘designed, hand-set & printed across three days in June 2018 in (877) Silver – straight from a tin – on 250sm Black Board in a limited edition of 30
By way of a manifesto –
hand-set & printed on a 250gsm Black board
594 x 841mm (A1)
in 1 colour
in a limited edition of 30
June 2018
Signed by Alan Kitching & Kelvyn Smith

For Sale / £175

Broadside 12 / The Kennington Workshops Map

Broadside 12 / The Kennington Workshops Map

We began our ‘New Typography Workshop’ map of Walworth & Kennington in September 2018 as a piece to use for promotion & to establish the proximity of the two workshop spaces // Conceived as an A1 print that would be folded to A4 – Phil Gambrill came to help us define the composition and Mary Asiedu / Kathryn Forster & Rosey Trickett designed & set the ornamented ‘green spaces’ for a two-day metal type workshop in late October 2018 // The A1 Broadside was designed set & printed across nine days in September & October 2018 in two limited edition of thirty on 145gsm Zerkall ‘Rough’ & a 125gsm coated paper & both printed in seven colours / Silver / Black / Fluorescent Orange – with a special mixed Pink / 032 Red / Process Blue & a Darkened Green. Emma Lewis documented the process on two occasions with some lovely photographs.
By way of a typographic map –
hand-set & printed on a 145gsm Zerkall paper
841 x 594mm (A1)
in 7 colours
in a limited edition of 60
September/October 2018
Signed by Alan Kitching & Kelvyn Smith
Edition Numbers can be requested (if available)

 

For Sale / £350


Broadside 14 / Some Rules & Hints for Students & Teachers . . . or Anybody else

Broadside 14 / Some Rules & Hints for Students & Teachers . . . or Anybody else

James Isaacs & Christopher Ribet were our first Summer School students / Both accomplished designers in their own right they were joined by consultant Jim Sutherland for the duration / We set-about designing what was to become ‘Broadside 14 / as a response to Jim & Kelvyn discussing manifestos & seeing the original by John Cage / After investigation it was discovered that Cage was influenced directly by the artist & educator Sister Corita Kent who had conceived the ‘manifesto’ as a college project in LA in 1967–68. The A1 Broadside was designed set & printed across five days in a very limited edition of 30 on a 145gsm Heritage paper & printed in three colours / a very Dark Grey (a Silver & Black mix) / Silver (PMS 877) & a fluorescent Orange & (both straight from the tin).
By way of a manifesto –
hand-set & printed on a 145gsm Heritage paper
841 x 594mm (A1)
in 3 colours
in a limited edition of 30
October 2018
Signed by Alan Kitching & Kelvyn Smith
Edition Numbers can be requested (if available)

For Sale / £350

Broadside 15 / ‘Untitled’ (Typographic Measurement)

Broadside 15 / ‘Untitled’ (Typographic Measurement)

March 2019 / Students / Matt Alchin / Dicky Milson & Valentina Moccia produced an extraordinary collection of type specimens to create ‘Broadside 15. Initially on Two-Day workshop & then returning on a few days to complete the edition. The A1 Broadside was eventually designed, set & printed across five days in a very limited edition of 25 on a 145gsm coated stock & printed in three colours / Dark Grey (Silver & Black) / Fluorescent Orange & Silver ‘straight from the tin’ (PMS 877). As usual Freddy Williams worked his socks off as the workshop assistant & the fabulous Rupert Bassett kindly gave up his precious time as the ‘workshop consultant’ for the entire five days to direct the whole project & keep the random decisions from distilling the outcome!
By way of a specimen sheet –
hand-set & printed on a 145gsm coated paper
841 x 594mm (A1)
in 3 colours
in a limited edition of 25
March 2019
Signed by Alan Kitching & Kelvyn Smith
Edition Numbers can be requested (if available)

For Sale / £350

Broadside 16 / ‘Some Types from The New Typography Workshop’

Broadside 16 / ‘Some Types from The New Typography Workshop’

July 2019 / Students / Noah Foley / Emma Jeffery & Linda Yoon produced an extraordinary collection of type specimens to create ‘Broadside 16 / Some Types from The New Typography Workshop’ on ‘The Early Summer School’ from Monday 22 – Friday 26 July. The A1 Broadside was designed set & printed across five days in a very limited edition of 25 on a 145gsm Heritage paper & printed in three colours / dark Grey (a mix of Silver & Black) / Fluorescent Magenta & a ‘velvety’ Red mix. Freddy Williams worked his socks off as the workshop assistant & the fabulous Simon Esterson kindly gave up his precious time as the ‘workshop consultant’ to crit & discuss the outcomes of the week.
hand-set & printed on a 145gsm Heritage paper
841 x 594mm (A1)
in 3 colours
in an edition of 25
July 2019
Signed by Alan Kitching & Kelvyn Smith
Edition Numbers can be requested (if available)

For Sale / £350

Creative Review / Durslade Farm Shop /

Durslade Farm Shop — a collaboration  / December 2020 //

Durslade Farm Shop Somerset / Autumn 2020

Durslade Farm Shop — Bruton / Somerset  / Autumn 2020 //

Recently i’ve been immersed in developing this range of letterpress labels for @dursladefarmshop own brand range of locally sourced produce // Originally conceived by the design team at @otherwaylondon / the labels were designed as part of a larger identity & brand // The range are hand-set in English Grotesques Fonts (numbers 51 & 215) from 6 — 30pt & are carefully hand-printed on an old Golding Jobber treadle press / on 100gsm colourplan label paper from @gfsmithpapers

Thank you / NHS & Keyworkers

May 2020 / a lockdown response //

#thankyou / #nhs / #keyworkers
for making us proud & grateful /
thank you all for taking so many chances /
thank you all for all your determination /
just ‘thank you’
here’s a rainbow inspired poster diptych
proudly displayed in our cottage window /
hand-set & printed letterpress on recycled newsprint
in bruton town / somerset
inspired by hard working / ordinary / thoughtful / kind &
selfless folk who support society
& for makers everywhere . . .
order here / sold as as a pair / all profits to charity . . .
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HMCT/Archetype / artists residency ‘public workshop’

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while we were in pasadena /at archetype press the hoffmitz milken center for typography / we held a ‘public workshop’ at the end of our ‘artists residency’ on saturday 8 february 2020 / for 20 wonderfully enthusiastic people /
“. . . and the oscar goes to . . .” /
a one day letterpress experiment celebrating ‘the academy awards’ . . .IMG_6466 IMG_6472

The New Typography Workshop / Artist Residency

February 2020 /
artists residency / monday 1 – friday 7 february 2020 /
at archetype press / the hoffmitz milken center for typography /   Pasadena / California

The New Typography Workshop / Artist Residency

January 2020 /
maestro mr kitching & I are off to pasedena in california in early february / we have been asked to be ‘artists in residence at the ‘archetype press’ part of the  ‘the hoffmitz milken center for typography’ & ‘artcenter college of design’

from monday 1 – friday 7 february we will be making work at the press & discussing our outcome on the final afternoon / as stated above we will undertake a public workshop on the saturday . . .

No.1 / Bruton

no1fob-5no1fob-2January 2020 //
working closely with good friend & leather maestro bill amberg / we designed these cheeky oversized key fobs to hang behind the reception desk at the gorgeous new hotel no.1 bruton / the simple combination of baskerville old face & various grotesque wood letter fused with the heavy leather / lend themselves to the juxtaposition of traditional & modern / craft & commerce // this is a lovely insta testimonial from the owners of the hotel @numberonebruton
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“We asked @billambergstudio for their help with the key fobs and do not disturb signs for @numberonebruton. Bill said inspirational things like: ITS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR YOU TO THINK DIFFERENTLY, DO SOMETHING HUMOROUS, BE CREATIVE! and then he spoke to mr smith @obliquestroke and together they made these beauties.”

Osip. / Gift Voucher

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December 2019 /
a very simple Gift Voucher for Osip / a new – michelin star – restaurant in my home town in Somerset // hand-set in 12pt Bell & Grotesque 9 & printed in a deep olive green on a recycled board // designed to be written on by the staff // Osip’s existing understated identity has some very gentle letters pacing through the name & is followed with a full point (stop) // despite being set in a more traditional font / these vouchers give a nod to the brand with spacing & the full point that that prescribe the hand written spaces

‘Osip is a tiny, farm-to-table restaurant situated in the heart of rural Somerset. We work with a small but perfectly formed group of local farmers, growers, hunters and gatherers to put together menus that reflect the very best of Somerset and its environs at any given moment.’ // Opening times // WED — SAT / Lunch & Dinner // SUNDAY / Lunch only // 1 High Street / Bruton / Somerset BA10 0AB // 01749 813322 / info@osiprestaurant.com / @osiprestaurant

HEART/EARTH moves at Snape Maltings

ROCK PAPER PIXEL / Influence, Experimentation and Play in contemporary lettering // An Exhibition Curated by (my old Norwich School of Art friend) Mark Noad / at the Lettering Arts Centre in Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk
23.5° — Heart / Earth // Letterpress print — Designed / set & printed (Winter 2013) in 20 Line Slab Serif wood type // Printed in Rubine Red ink with a credit set in Monotype Baskerville Old Face (169) Roman / Italic & Small Caps // Printed in a Limited edition of 24 on 280gsm BFK Rives Grey (3 deckle & 1 trimmed edge) / final sheet size 560 x 760mm (22 x 30 inches) // Signed by the Artists / £300 unframed / £430 framed //

new home / new work / new identity

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Royal Mail special issue / Old Vic Theatre stamps

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make! craft britain / bbc4

i did some teaching with 5 strangers in my workshop / we made a few nice pieces & they happened to film quite a lot of it! // showing wednesday 21 march 2018 at 21:00 on bbc4 (& on the i player i imagine!) / set your vhs & betamax recorders! /

at christmas / all roads lead home

/ “at christmas / all roads lead home” / i spent some time with the girl Allsopp in the early 2017 / we made a nice print & they happened to film it! // showing tuesday 5 december 2017 at 20:00 on C4 & on all 4 catch up / set your vhs & betamax recorders! /
buy print – grey  //  buy print – black

Mr Smith / Hole & Corner at ‘London Design Festival’

Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop will be joining a selection of carefully selected makers at the Hole & Corner ‘British Craft Pavilion’ for The London Design Festival at the Truman Brewery / from 21 September – 24 September 2017 /mastertitle-lw9158A1375158A1358158A1372158A1388158A1352158A1390

Mr Smith for Hole & Corner at the Port Eliot Festival

Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop will be inked-up & printing summer posters at the Hole & Corner makers’ tent at this years Port Eliot Festival / from July 27 – July 30 2017 // ‘Hole & Corner return to St Germans in Cornwall to curate the third edition their hugely successful makers’ tent; with workshops, demonstrations and talks by some of the finest makers in the country.’ holeandcornermagazine.com/
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The Sunday Telegraph / Craft & Collecting


. . . bit of shameless self promotion / but well chuffed with the lovely piece by Georgia Dehn in today’s Sunday Telegraph (12/06/2017) in the Craft & Collecting section // & everyone’s positive reaction to it on social media / thank you . . . telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/polymath-font-knowledge/telegraph_titletelegraph_portrait
#letterpress
#smithsrules
#slowdownmyfriend
#workshopbehaviour
#offline
#notaluddite
#wordsmith
#historyoftheworldthroughprinting

Print Sale

thanks to everyone who came to the winter print sale at the workshop last weekend / it was wonderful to see you all & really great that you are supporting my work / late ‘spring print sale’ coming in may
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Winter Print Sale
winter print sale
at mr smith’s letterpress workshop /
20 & 21 iliffe yard se17 3qa /
saturday 18 february 2017 /
10:00 – 17:00 /
cash & card /

Upside down / left to right — workshop gift vouchers

New Gift Certificates for ‘An Introduction to Letterpress’

Sutherl&Smith / Eeormoo? — Limited Edition Print

Eeormoo?
A menagerie . . .
by Jim Sutherland & Kelvyn Laurence Smith.
A modest set of overprinted limited edition letterpress prints.
Printed in Black & Fluorescent Pink & a Blind de-bossed credit.
Signed by the artists
25 of each
Print size / 800 x 600mm
£150 unframed / £230 framed
Buy Limited Edition Prints

Sutherl&Smith / Eeormoo? — A children’s book

A menagerie of wishful thinking by Jim Sutherland.
A series of rhymes about animals who dream of being other animals.

A collaboration by Jim Sutherland & Kelvyn Laurence Smith.
Edition of 1,000 books & set of limited edition letterpress prints.

Designed, set & printed at
Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop
Kennington, London, Autumn 2016.

Buy the book
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Buy the book

Sutherl&Smith — a new collaboration — a new website

Collaborative work by
Jim Sutherland &
Kelvyn Laurence Smith
Over the last few years Mr Sutherland & Mr Smith
have been collaborating on typographic ideas.
These projects are all ‘designed, set & printed’
in Mr Smith’s letterpress workshop in London
& are self-initiated pieces conceived to explore
the process of letterpress – express graphic ideas
& articulate the visual observations conceived
by the two gentlemen.
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Fig.1 — The Major Organs in the Human Body
Letterpress print —
Designed / set & printed (Winter 2013)
in various Grotesques & Egyptian wood types.
Printed in Metallic Bronze ink
with a credit set in 14pt Baskerville Old Face
Printed in a Limited edition of 24
on 280gsm Somerset Black
(3 deckle & 1 trimmed edge)
final sheet size 560 x 760mm (22 x 30 inches).
Signed by the Artists.
Each Print £300 / Framed £430 / Buy Print

Letterpress & Love ‘Pop-up shop’ workshop / 2015

We invited a select group of letterpress enthusiasts to bring their favourite Ampersands to the shop for a live printing event / Silver ink was the order of the day & on a grey wet Saturday in November we produced a series of gorgeous prints — soon available to buys as a set —  thank you Mr Gabb / Mr Marshall / Ms Ellis / Mr Winstanley / Mr Cooper / Mr Granados /  Ms Dixon / Ms Gridneff & Ms Tosey.

Museums at Night 2014

Museums at Night 2014 /

“Mr Smith’s Letterpress Workshop visited the William Morris Gallery on Thursday 15 May 2014 for a special Museums at Night event. Visitors get their hands inky printing a quote from William Morris’s essay ‘Art & Socialism’.”

Pre Museums at Night 2014

Museums at Night 2014 /

“Typographic artist Mr Smith shows us around his workshop in the build up to his Museums at Night event at the William Morris Gallery, London on 15 May 2014.”
News Archive
/ Glaukonome / The Nereid of ‘Mastering the Grey Sea’

Post Date: 18/06/2021

/ Hole & Corner / Make Well weekends

Post Date: 14/06/2021

/ Prints from The New Typography Workshop

Post Date: 29/01/2021

/ Creative Review / Durslade Farm Shop /

Post Date: 20/12/2020

/ Durslade Farm Shop Somerset / Autumn 2020

Post Date: 09/11/2020

/ Thank you / NHS & Keyworkers

Post Date: 07/05/2020

/ HMCT/Archetype / artists residency ‘public workshop’

Post Date: 06/03/2020

/ The New Typography Workshop / Artist Residency

Post Date: 02/02/2020

/ The New Typography Workshop / Artist Residency

Post Date: 12/01/2020

/ No.1 / Bruton

Post Date: 11/01/2020

/ Osip. / Gift Voucher

Post Date: 06/01/2020

/ HEART/EARTH moves at Snape Maltings

Post Date: 18/10/2019

/ new home / new work / new identity

Post Date: 24/02/2019

/ Royal Mail special issue / Old Vic Theatre stamps

Post Date: 04/09/2018

/ make! craft britain / bbc4

Post Date: 18/03/2018

/ at christmas / all roads lead home

Post Date: 05/12/2017

/ Mr Smith / Hole & Corner at ‘London Design Festival’

Post Date: 26/09/2017

/ Mr Smith for Hole & Corner at the Port Eliot Festival

Post Date: 25/07/2017

/ The Sunday Telegraph / Craft & Collecting

Post Date: 12/06/2017

/ Print Sale

Post Date: 06/02/2017

/ Upside down / left to right — workshop gift vouchers

Post Date: 10/01/2017

/ Sutherl&Smith / Eeormoo? — Limited Edition Print

Post Date: 02/11/2016

/ Sutherl&Smith / Eeormoo? — A children’s book

Post Date: 04/10/2016

/ Sutherl&Smith — a new collaboration — a new website

Post Date: 04/10/2016

/ Letterpress & Love ‘Pop-up shop’ workshop / 2015

Post Date: 22/11/2015

/ Museums at Night 2014

Post Date: 17/09/2015

/ Pre Museums at Night 2014

Post Date: 17/09/2015