What does print mean to you?
We set an open brief for second and third year photography and photojournalist BA (hons) students at London College of Communication. Our primary aim was to understand what a younger generation think of print and how it relates to their everyday lives.
The resulting work is interesting for two reasons: one for the themes which the students chose; and the other for their interpretation of what print means to them. It is clear from the students’ work that although they are surrounded by print and are, like the rest of us, avid consumers of it, their love of print is firmly rooted in its craft and the human element involved in producing print. What we find interesting is how none of the students chose some of the more universal examples of print we consume every day; the coffee cup, the newspaper, the packaging surrounding our everyday purchases.
We are delighted to have the students’ insight and believe that taken as a whole, the work they produced offers an insight to what young people think about print.
PrintmakingRelief – The Art of Crafting – Baldassare Sciacca
Artists often use workshop spaces to learn new techniques that shape their practice and are relevant for the development of their skills. With this project I aimed to show how the earliest type of printmaking is still used by emerging artists to inform their practice. Although relief printing is the oldest technique used in fine art printmaking, it is still taught and embraced by many students
The Darkroom, Elephant and Castle – Marcin Nowak
Photographic prints represent a key part of a photographer’s life so it is important to master making the print to perfection. I believe LCC helps students to master print making it its many forms.
Printing: A Lifelong Process – Carola Cappellari
Printing: A lifelong process aims to show printing as a consistent presence throughout life. The diverse objects show the many printed products that are possible today.
The regeneration of the Vinyl industry – Tom Walton
In 1978 vinyl LP sales were around £235 million worldwide, the vinyl industry was booming and creating thousands of jobs around the world. The UK had hundreds of pressing plants and printing companies to meet the demands for stickers, artwork and sleeves. After 1984 sales plummeted and by the mid-nineties the industry seemed like a dying trade. In the last 10 years vinyl has had a revival. John, 51 and Steven, 64, work on the factory floor, with 36 years’ service between them. They have learned and self-taught through years of practice. Who will replace them when they retire?
Open Windows on the Advertising World – Max Cosse
My project is based on a study of billboards as examples of printing in our everyday life. Billboards are constantly in our visual field and represent a window on a world of communication and advertising.
People of Print – Tom Barlow
This project aims to look at both the spaces used in the printing industry and the people that use it. Whilst perhaps many would consider the printing industry to be predominantly focused on mass-produced work, there are many people who are making use of different methods of printing to create interesting products. My idea focused on the theme of small print operations funded by individuals and collectives. I have found this project rewarding and helpful for my future professional development.
Hands and Ink – Claudia Greco
I decided to focus on one detail of the traditional techniques of printing, discovering a new world of methods and artistic experiences that come form craft. My theme represents the way hands have a key role when it comes to printing. This topic highlights a way to engage with different materials and the human element in printing and the connection with ink. I discovered a love for the stylistic approach for the story, which has pushed me to think about my future projects.
New North Press, Hoxton – Sebastian Garraway
New North Press is run as a place where likeminded people can come together and collaborate to show that the traditional methods of printing are not in the grave but are, in fact, alive and well.