Three Trade Epitaphs

Wakeling, Christopher (2011) Three Trade Epitaphs. [Artefact]

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‘Three Trade Epitaphs’ was Christopher Wakeling's fourth annual contribution to the special edition. This piece is hand-set and printed in 10 point Univers 55 along with progressive sizes of Monotype Placard types. The printings are in black, white, red, blue and grey inks on
Zerkall mould-made paper. It consists of three loose sheets printed one side, inserted into a red cover folder printed with white woodletter (Three | Trade | EPITAPHS).

Finished size: 48 picas by 50 picas. Each epitaph is an ode to a former printing trade craftsman: Letterfounder, Compositor and Pressman. The short verses are extracted
from The Trade, privately published in 1943 to ‘beneft the funds of the Printers’ Pension, Almshouse and Orphan Asylum Corporation’. Each is a personal typographical experiment exploring the relationship between the printed text and the ‘white’, non-printed space of the optical square format.
All punctuation was removed from the original verses so that variable word space, together with line and page arrangement could be explored as a means of enhancing or re-enforcing the textural meaning and its grammatical sense. The natural rhythmical pattern of each ode forms the root for the linear vertical arrangement of the texts.
Loose inserted with a small imprint card printed in red and black announcing its inclusion for ‘Parenthesis’ subscribers.

Item Type: Artefact
Additional Information: Spring 2011,issue 20. In addition to the standard edition of its journal, ‘Parenthesis’, the association also publish a special or de luxe edition of 100 copies. These are specially bound by hand and include a separate portfolio of work from fne presses, printmakers and typographers from around the world. These are for private and institutional subscribers, such as national libraries and other collections.
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 10:40
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 08:20

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