Simon and Jenna Hipgrave from The Hungry Workshop in Melbourne are two of the last practitioners in the art of the letterpress, an age-old printing technique developed in the 1440s. The pair’s passion for typography, good design and illustration is clear and for new exhibition Rituals, they have recruited and printed works from some of the best in the business, including Beci Orpin, Ben Ashton-Bell, Drunk Park, Eirian Chapman, Georgia Perry, Kindred Studio, Lauren Carney, Luke Lucas, Malade Pathetics and Spew Corp.
The show proves an unusual combination of old and new. Described as a collection of identities, the exhibition features a series of limited edition hand-pulled letterpress prints from The Hungry Workshop’s antique Heidelberg Windmill Platen from the 1970s. The images assume the form of vivid geometries, faces obscured by masks that morph into butterflies and more, proving that the ancient art can be more than relevant in 2012. The happy mistakes that occur while using an antique machine are also a feature here.
The exhibition is at Rosebery store Koskela and again proves an interesting curatorial decision. Selling Australian-made and designed furniture and homewares made from recycled timbres and eco-friendly design, Rituals will be an event for collectors and fans of letterpress goods a like.