As current graphic trends go, the art of craft and actually making things is certainly one of the better and hopefully longer lasting ones. The paper manufacturers GF Smith certainly think so too as their latest exhibition, Beauty In The Making, shows. It takes you behind the scenes of paper making, letterpress, font creation and even envelope making.
Held in one of the 22,000 sq ft basements below Victoria House in Bloomsbury, we went along and not only were we impressed but we learnt a few things too. We letterpressed some cards using 3 Adana 5x8s that had been set up and we also got collared by the ladies from Hull, who make the envelopes. It isn't new to us though as we have been getting our hands dirty since we started back in 2001 (as previous posts testify) from screen prints to our lovely vintage Golding Pearl No.3 Press.