Appropriating Printing

Archer-Parre, Caroline (2021) Appropriating Printing. In: Post-Digital Letterpress Printing: research, education and practice. Routledge Focus on Art History and Visual Studies . Routledge, New York, pp. 9-18. ISBN 9781032001807

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From its inception, printing has been controlled by statues and laws which regulated the number of presses and printers, and determined what could, and could not, be produced. In addition, the trade’s own rigid structures and traditions enforced tight controls on who could join it and how it operated. Consequently, printing was almost impenetrable to those outsiders who wished to engage with the craft. This chapter considers the work of those who appropriated printing from the outside: prohibited printers who used the process for the nefarious production of fakes and fabrications; prisoners of war who manufactured forgeries for freedom; soldiers printing in the battlefield where lives not profit depend on their skills; or detainees for whom printing is both therapy and rehabilitation. This chapter considers how these typographic outsiders equipped themselves with the knowledge and skills to become printers, what they produced, and what lesson they can offer today’s new entrants to the world of letterpress.

Item Type: Book Section
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9 November 2021Published
Subjects: CAH25 - design, and creative and performing arts > CAH25-01 - creative arts and design > CAH25-01-03 - design studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of Visual Communication
Depositing User: Caroline Archer
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2021 10:57
Last Modified: 09 May 2023 03:00

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