North & South

The north and south of England have been united through the power of design, thanks to a beautiful lettering project in Manchester.

North and South
North and South

The Print and Paste project, run by the collective of the same name, sees an unused billboard in central Manchester taken over by a different designer each month.

The wooden lettering close-up
The wooden lettering close-up

The latest piece of work to be displayed is this lovely, robust-looking typography-based work, created from a collaboration between Liam Hopkins of Lost Heritage, Dave Sedgwick (a member of Print & Paste), and Anthony Burrill.

Huge wooden letters
Huge wooden letters

Entitled North & South, the print was created at the Heidelberg Cylinder press at Adams of Rye in East Sussex, before being pasted into its northern home.

Ampersand
Ampersand

Sedgwick got in touch with Burrill about the project early last year. ‘As soon as I mentioned it to Anthony he was interested and intrigued’, says Sedgwick.

‘Anthony designed the individual letters and Liam set about making them in his workshop’.

Ampersand print
Ampersand print

The title of the print is a reference to its divided genesis, as well as to Burrill himself, who grew up in the north, but now lives and works in the south of England.

Burrill says, ‘As soon as Dave contacted me I was keen to be part of it. The idea of using wood block type at billboard size was exciting, something I hadn’t seen done before. And of course I was keen to produce a piece of public art for my home town.’

The billboard
The billboard

The individual letter prints are now available to buy from Anthony Burrill’s website www.anthonyburrill.com, and the original artwork can be seen on Lower Ormond Street, Manchester until the end of February

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