These Northern Types Book
17 individual books, featuring a wide range of beautiful paper stocks, foils and finishing techniques, encased in a black card die-cut box with black foil. These Northern Types is the book from the project of the same name and includes 17 typographic artworks by Oli Bentley, each with an accompanying essay from a range of authors, academics and poets, including multi-award winning author Benjamin Myers and writer and musician Boff Whalley.
What does it mean to be from the north – or any place – in a globalised world? Where the’s muck, is the’ still brass? Do we tolerate less bullshit than others? Has the St George’s Cross become a symbol of racism? Is making do and mending consigned to the history books? Where’s the line between being proud of where we’re from and making others feel excluded? What are we forgetting? Who’s looking to exploit our attachment to place? Do you want gravy on your chips? Or curry sauce?
The project covers the making of possibly the world’s largest letterpress printing press, the People Powered Press (with a giant new typeface cut from steel to match) and printing on life jackets used by migrants making the journey to Europe; to making inks from chip shop gravy powder and curry sauce and submitting an audacious application to trademark ‘The North’. These Northern Types is a thought-provoking and ambitious collection of typographic works that simultaneously celebrates northern identity whilst asking searching questions about our relationship to place today.