14" x 36"
This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum July 14-September 30, 2020. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Nick and Ellen run the Letterpress Collective, aiming to keep letterpress alive in Bristol, a city that employed many thousands in this form of print until the 1970s. We like to work collaboratively with other artists as well as running workshops so that people in the city can understand and appreciate letterpress. Nick also works as a graphic designer and photographer and has recorded the works of many craftsmen and women over a ten year period.
Description of Process
My friend told me of a radio show on a country station by Gid Tanner (good enough a name to inspire a poster alone), at the start of each show he would shout “IF YOU AIN’T GOT IT, GET IT” So I looked Gid up and made this poster, the banjo is printed from lino, and it is printed in four passes (as I have to feed the paper from both ends in order to print this size). The paper is made from coffee bean waste. I figure that Gid almost certainly drank a lot of coffee during his radio show. The wood type is from Stephenson Blake an English type foundry that existed in the last century.