Taking place at contemporary art and design centre Spike Island, this year’s event features an exhibition of posters, prints and cards by letterpress printer Desmond Jeffery; as well as a packed fair selling the wares of independent publishers, designers and collectives.
Jeffrey’s gorgeous letterpress typographic work was initially created with an Adana Press, out of a back room at his mother’s New Malden home.
His knack with the antiquated technology led him to set up a full letterpress workshop in Marylebone, London, and he remained based in the city throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Judging by these images, the show is well worth a look to find out more about this unsung hero of type.
Throughout the day will be a series of talks, performances and readings from artists and writers including Luke Kennard, Patrick Coyle, I am Dora and Marie Toseland.
Those keen to see just how these beautiful creations are made are in luck, as Spike Island-based designer Jono Lewarne of City Edition Studio will be working from a temporary studio in the gallery to produce a printed Risograph publication with the help of design students from the University of the West of England.
The Book and Zine Fair takes place on S 20 October at Spike Island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol BS1