Command / Control “p” at MMOP

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The Melbourne Museum of Printing invited the studio to make a work using letter press for it’s fundraising programme.

Each studio was given three hours to make a work. It is tempting in this instance to make more time, yet we felt it was appropriate to treat the project more like a performance, rather than an invitation to create a highly engineered design – we had the printing studio for three hours, and we made what happened within that time frame.

After half an hour, it became pretty clear that letter press printing is a physical reminder to contemporary designers of the flexibility and speed readily available for generating complex design solutions.

The simplest of design layout can take many hours to generate with letterpress – as compared with a desktop computer, software and a printer, it is with this appreciation of output and time required by designers past. Furthermore we have an insight into why so many invited artists and designers took more than three hours to make their work.

The exhibition of works can be viewed at the Melbourne Museum of Printing, next door to 34 Mooreland Road, Fitzroy. Thanks to Warren for a wonderful experience, we will be back, with a layout and three hours soon.

Visit the Museum here

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