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Crafting letters today
Craft skills and the objects made by craftspeople offer a reminder of our physical place in the real world. Pip Hall and Erik Spiekermann both work with letters that are physical objects. Pip works cutting letters in stone and her talk will explore contrasting approaches in lettercarving for poetry. Erik is currently involved in letterpress printing and will share with us the process for bringing historical printing presses and other related machinery from the analog into the digital age.
Date: 20 May 2021
Venue: Via Zoom
What colour can (and can’t) do for wayfinding
Colour is the richest, most emotional and most powerful means of visual communication and stretches beyond cultural boundaries. Use it accordingly in wayfinding.
Date: 22 Apr 2021
Venue: Via Zoom
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