William Morris and the Legacy of the Small Press

Past Event

Saturday, 14 October 2017 - 2pm to 4pm

Creative polymath William Morris (1834–1896) founded the Kelmscott Press in the latter years of his life to publish limited-edition illustrated books with a ‘definite claim to beauty’. His designs are influenced by medieval manuscripts and the Arts and Crafts movement, of which he was a key figure.

Join us for a presentation of rare books from the Library’s William Morris/Kelmscott Press collection.  In addition to a presentation and viewing, two contemporary independent publishers will discuss producing illustrated editions.

Guest speakers

Mark Gowing, from Formist Editions
Formist make carefully considered books and editions for lovers of art and design. Founded by Mark Gowing, Formist is known for its passion for the good stuff: form, abstraction, expression, humour and insight. With admiration for the past, our titles and collaborations are focussed on responding to the present, so we can get on with making the future.

Zoë Sadokierski, Page Screen Books
Page Screen Books is a Sydney-based independent publisher of visual essays and artist’s books. Page Screen Books present a variety of topics, from writers' relationships with their typewriters to the bathing habits of Japanese monkeys. The titles are a combination of highly-crafted editions and experiments with print-on-demand platforms.

Presented in association with the Australian Book Designers Association.

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