Sunday, October 20, 2013

NSCAD Letterpress Archives

Yesterday we were walking through downtown Halifax, visiting the Khyber, the AGNS, etc., and I couldn't quite recall the address of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Mapquest led us to a building that was neither of the university's two campuses, so we asked a random stranger on the street if they happened to know the location of the school. With true Halifax hospitality, he did more than point the way, he took us there, got us in past security and took us on an hour long tour of the place. Turns out he was artist Dylan Fish, a recent grad who seemed to know everyone in the building by name, and could get us into otherwise locked rooms.

He and Joe Landry, NSCAD prof and Letterpress Gang founder, took us into the basement letterpress archives, which were pretty incredible, housing hundreds of typefaces, including the apparently unique Acadian font, above, and possibly the world's largest collection of lobster themed printing blocks.

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