In recent years, there has been an increased interest in movable type printing by people who did not actually witness it being used as the most common technique of commercial printing. Impracticable for large-scale production today, the technique has been revived and is being adopted by a growing number of authors and publishers. Restoring and using old machines and typefaces so often destined to become scrap metal or working with the few old print shops that still exist, it is considerable the amount of very stimulating work we have seen over the last few years.
With the goal of bringing together for the first time in Portugal practitioners and people interested in letterpress and of promoting the different approaches that are currently being implemented, we have decided to organize the TIPO um Encontro de Impressores Tipográficos [TIPO – A Meeting of Letterpress Printers] in Ponta Delgada. An initiative of the Vice-Presidency of the Government through the Regional Handicrafts Center (CRAA) in partnership with Cresaçor – Regional Cooperative of Solidarity Economy through its Criações Periféricas team, this Meetingwill take place in an archipelago where the Gutenbergian technique arrived in 1829 and is still alive both in the form of old print shops that still use it and in the current approaches that have reinvented it from a contemporary perspective. Moreover, this event aims to raise awareness and contribute to the promotion and preservation of equipment, materials and the knowledge of master typographers.
We are waiting for you all in October!