I was lucky to be able to satisfy my hunger for a little bit of art and printing by visiting the Chip Shop Press during Print Festival Scotland. They were offering up a unique menu of delicious words, freshly printed and at a great takeaway price – such a treat for a Thursday night. The Chip Shop Press is the brainchild of the Henningham Family Press, otherwise known as the artistic duo of David and Ping Henningham. They are both Artists and Authors who are curious about every aspect of writing, printing and publishing.
They visited Dundee recently and set up shop in Dundee Contemporary Arts to feed the hungry print making delegates visiting the Impact 8 conference. They fed them with words, ink, chipboard and witty conversations. Set-up in front of the brilliant Sister Corita Kent exhibition, and surrounded by printmaking professionals and academics; they got to work and made a number of very simple screen prints onto chipboard, based on the words suggested by the bustling queue of people that was forming.
It always amazes me when a seemingly simple idea has the power to capture people’s imagination and inject a little fun into an event. This is what I think the Henningham Family Press managed to do very well. They sold out of a number of the small batches of words that they made (I bought three and was tempted by more). Plus they got people involved, they included them in the creative process by inviting them to add words and letting them watch the printing . Brilliant. I came away with three different words printed on chipboard:
- Peely Wally
A successful visit and I will definitely check out more of their work in the future.
Words & Images © Hazel Saunderson 2013