Vandercook Centenary Print Bundle Exhibition
Additional details of the exhibits and history are in this catalogue
The Vandercook Centenary Print Bundle exhibition catalogue
The exhibition has closed. It was well attended and this web page received a lot of hits, local and international. It was reviewed in the local university student paper and mentioned on the local talk radio Station 702. For those who were unable to attend you can still order a letterpress printed keepsake by completing the web form at the end of this page.
Exhibition held in the magnificent foyer of the William Cullen Library at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
From 12 to 30 July 2010 (just after the 2010 FIFA World Cup).
Open weekdays 8:00 (9:00 Wed) to 17:00, Saturday from 8:30 to 12:30 and closed Sundays.
You can locate the library easily on the Wits University East campus. Enter via Yale Road and secure parking somewhere between the Planetarium (on East campus) and the Origins Center (next to the huge Amic Deck that spans the M1 highway). You then proceed East towards the Library lawns in the middle of the campus. The William Cullen opens onto the west side of the library lawns and you would be approaching it from behind when coming from Yale Road. Please make sure you only park in designated spots to avoid having your wheel clamped, the gate guards can usually advise you on convenient parking if you ask. The exhibition is in the foyer and you can easily spend from 10 to 60 minutes there.
This print bundle has been exhibited 6 times previously in the USA where most of the participants are based. This is the first time it is reaching audiences that are more isolated from the main stream of the letterpress revival.
Some links relevant to the Exhibition
- A printable version of the official The Vandercook Centenary Print Bundle exhibition catalogue containing details on the history of the print bundle and the exhibition, prepared by Mark Sandham and Kalle Pihlajasaari. New revision with print scan thumbnails to be added when time permits, check back in a week.
- Visit the official Vandercook Centenary Print Bundle Gallery website hosted by Paul Moxon on the Vanderblog web site.
- You can order a back-issue of the Fall 2009 Ampersand The Quarterly Journal of the Book Arts online, published by the Pacific Center for the Book Arts that has a die-cut paper craft model of a Vandercook Universal I that you can assemble yourself.
- You can also download and print and cut out your own copy of a paper craft Vandercook SP20 press that you can assemble, the model at the exhibit is assembled from an A3 printout. Designed by Kyle Van Horn for Baltimore Print Studios .
The South African print bundle participants with scans
Tagged with the with exhibition catalogue numbers
- #75 Mark Sandham at Piglett Press submitted A convict Sorting Type
- #63 Kalle Pihlajasaari at Idyllic Press submitted A brief timeline of printing in South Africa and elsewhere
- #3 Mark Attwood at Artists’ Press submitted The Artists’ Press South Africa
Blogs, Flickr and other pages of some participants
Tagged with the with exhibition catalogue numbers
- #5 interrobang letterpress Michael Babcock, a birth story
- #9 ephemera Tara Biliven
- #14 _wrecks Martha Chiplis
- #15 flowers&fleurons John Christopher
- #25 The Wood Engravers Network newsletter (Block & Burin #42 PDF) showcases the print by Leslie Evans, p42
- #27 slowprint Peter Fraterdeus, the joy of post polymer kerning
- #31 Luanda Bay Letterpress Barbara Hauser, ‘she prints real fine’
- #63 idyllicpress Kalle Pihlajasaari, process and exhibition pics
- #79 springtide press Jessica Spring, has centenary prints on sale at Etsy
- #84 UNO Seth Drenner, elaborates on the collaboration print (down the page)
Exhibit pages from some of the other exhibitions and publications
- The Center for Book Arts has published a limited edition bound book of a different collection of prints to commemorate the 100 year anniversary
- Evanston Print & Paper has put up their copy on display
- University of South Alabama Exhibited from 1 March to 30 April 2010
- solsken shows the build for the Pacific Center for the Book Arts die cut Vandercook press model
- The Fine Press Book Association celebrated with a cup cake
- fameorshame press another Centenary print
- Otis Laboratory Press placed a selection on display in their lobby
The Exhibition was organised by Mark Sandham and Kalle Pihlajasaari.
The Print bundle was organised by Paul Moxon.
Thanks go to the William Cullen Library and staff for facilities, security and other support.
There will be a Letterpress printed Keepsake available to visitors at the exhibition (one each when you leave your details in the visitors book, email would be nice too, as they are a limited edition) and we will also supply reprints of this Keepsake after the exhibition closes for a limited period (perhaps a month or so) if you send your details using the contact form at the end. They will be sent free of charge to South African addresses and postage internationally will be US$5.00 to be paid via PayPal, the account detail will be sent after we receive your requests. I will collect all the requests for posted Keepsakes until we close the offer after the exhibition and see if we have to reprint any more. The forme locked in a chase for the Keepsake is on display as well.
You may take photos but the library prohibits the use of flash.
And now for a few low resolution pictures to tempt you to visit the exhibit, better pictures will be put up soon.
Use email instead for a keepssake