London artist Kelvyn Smith takes eager volunteers through the printmaking process at a hugely popular and hands on evening in Walthamstow
Father of this temporary printing chapel is Mr Smith. He points out to his apprentices where Morris said work should be “neither/over-wearisome nor over anxious”. Then Smith admits that, given the rapid turnaround of letter blocks and galleys, he is tonight both weary and anxious.
But you get the impression he is enjoying himself, as are his students. Hands fly to the cases of type and back to the work surface. Passing down the corridor you can see the type laid on a stone, locked up, inked and then finally printed with a roller.
Assistants Christian and Freddy are also under pressure, working at speed while fielding questions from well informed members of the public. The first poster comes off the press and it’s a thing of beauty, the indian ink matching the indigo aprons we have been given out to wear.
Along with the technical instruction, we are encouraged to sit through a presentation of some rare Morris folios with Exhibitions and Collections Assistant, Ines. You can see first hand just how Morris harked back to medieval design. The sun sets over Walthamstow and those dark ages come to life.
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