March 2015

You can’t hurry craft

Here’s a four-minute video from Gestalten featuring Patrick Grant, who runs a very popular tailor shop on Seville Row called Norton & Sons. He may be talking about bespoke suits, but he could very well be talking about letterpress. We love what he’s saying around the 2:10 mark and how he really brings it home around 2:50.


We could make it faster, we could make it cheaper, but we could never make it better.


 

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Being makers ourselves, we appreciate this video. It showcases the great value in craftsmanship and high quality. And it shines a little light on people who are still doing things the tried and tested way. In a world where speed and cost seem to be the only things that matter (chances are someone can do it cheaper and faster), we need need to ask ourselves “what’s the hurry?”

We recently designed, carved and letterpressed our Grimsby Wayzgoose Anthology print. The wonderful thing about doing this piece was that it’s only printed in an edition of 115. Then there’s the added pleasure that our work will be bound into a beautiful leather cover book along side work from other printers at the show – who take as much pride in their craft as we do. It’s a great community to be part of and we can’t wait to get our hands on this year’s book.

If you want to see and meet a group of people who still take pride in quality and doing things at a slower pace, please join us at the Wayzgoose in Grimsby on Saturday, April 25.

 

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