The Occasional Print Club

The Occasional Print Club was formed in November 2008, in the corner of a thronging London ale house behind Fleet Street, by myself and three other typographers; Jonathan Kielty, Pat Randle and Ross Shaw. We were full of energy and enthusiasm, having spent that day at the excellent Letterpress: A Celebration conference at the St Bride Library.

Left to right: Pat Randle, Justin Knopp, Ross Shaw and Jonathan Kielty

Left to right: Pat Randle, Justin Knopp, Ross Shaw and Jonathan Kielty

The inaugural meeting of the OPC took place in late January 2009 around the bed of a Western proofing press at The Whittington Press by the kind invitation of the proprietor, John Randle. A commemorative letterpress poster was designed, typeset and printed during the two days we spent at Whittington. Further meetings are planned to be held in our respective letterpress workshops, across this green and pleasant land, over coming months and years.

Pat Randle adjusting the letterpress forme, on the bed of a Western proofing press.

Pat Randle adjusting the letterpress forme, on the bed of a Western proofing press.

A hand-inked wooden numeral.

A hand-inked wooden numeral.

The impression cylinder passes over the printing forme.

The impression cylinder passes over the printing forme.

Our completed letterpress poster.

Our completed letterpress poster.

More photographs can be viewed via our Flickr Photostream at www.flickr.com/photos/theoccasionalprintclub.

2 Comments

  1. Posted June 11, 2009 at 4:17 am | Permalink

    daaang. So pardon if in my excitement I skipped over somewhere where you answered this, but: are any prints from this edition available for purchase? It’s incredible!

  2. Justin Knopp
    Posted June 11, 2009 at 10:45 am | Permalink

    Greetings Owen,

    Thanks for your kind words – we had a lot of fun making this experimental poster and I think that shows in the final piece! I believe we still have a few posters left (we only printed about 30) so I’ll discuss with my fellow OPC members and will get in touch by email…

    All the best, Justin

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