Fear, the Lpw book

19 June 2017

Claudio Madella

The book is divided into three sections. The first speaks about courageous designers and printers, and gives context for our ideas about the theme of Fear. In the second part you will find offset reproductions of 16 prints, realized during Lpw 2016 in Milan. These are combined with 16 fragments of text printed in letterpress, reading suggestions from famous to not-so-known authors. The mix of these two different print processes creates a short circuit between digital and analog methods. The third section tells the story of Letterpress Workers: how we started where we are going.


The book has been released in two editions: a regular edition (book only) and a deluxe edition which includes a portfolio of 25 original letterpress prints especially made by our workers from all around the world. These prints were created individually in response to the common theme of Hope, following the 2016 group work about Fear. Each year Lpw participants create two bodies of work (as a group in residence, and later, individually at their own studios). Opposing/complementary themes are chosen to create tension and find balance. The deluxe edition of the Lpw book showcases these two bodies of work together.

Fear and Hope: do you need more?

Details & how to purchase

To purchase the regular edition, please visit our publisher Lazy Dog.

You can purchase the deluxe edition below. It is available in 120 copies.

Format: 90 pages (17 letterpress), 20×23 cm, + 25 letterpress prints (some numbered and signed), housed together in a slipcase.

Cost: euro 80 + shipping (Italy 10 euro, Eu 30, Usa 40) For other countries or with any questions, please write us at questions@letterpressworkers.org.

Fear Deluxe Book

The prints


Printers are:

  • Mathias Beck, Canary Islands
  • Marc Berger, Germany
  • Yago Bolivar, Spain
  • Paolo Cabrini, Italy
  • Paolo Celotto, Italy
  • Marina Chaccur, Brazil
  • John Christopher, UK
  • An Eisendrath and Stoffel Van den Bergh, Belgium
  • &Type, Italy
  • Armenia Ghazaryan
  • Jens Jørgen Hansen, Denmark
  • Julienne Jattiot, France
  • Edward Johansson, Finland
  • Myrna Keliher, USA
  • Naomi Midgley, UK
  • Officina Tipografica Novepunti, Italy
  • Oficina Tipografica do Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Gabriel Pasarisa
  • Lucio Passerini, Italy
  • Arcangela Regis and Jésus Morentin, Spain
  • Tiny Risselada, Netherlands
  • Stéphane de Schevrel, Belgium
  • Thomas Siemon, Germany
  • John Spencer, UK
  • Marie Vandevoorde, Belgium
  • Tara Vega, Spain
  • Chris Wilson, UK