2011 has been an incredibly tumultuous year so far, and I find myself having a hard time wrapping my mind around everything that has happened and that is currently happening around the world. Devastating floods and earthquakes, political turmoil, volcanic eruptions – it can be overwhelming to think about how many peoples’ lives have been affected and what they must be going through on a day to day basis just to survive.
I think that many of us are asking ourselves what we can do to help, and today I’ll be sharing a couple of ways that paper lovers can help, thanks to the creative thinking and generosity of those in the letterpress and stationery community.
This past January, Queensland, Australia was hit hard by disastrous flooding, filling towns with dirty, murky water and ruining many homes and businesses. As Jenna and Simon Hipgrave of The Hungry Workshop were waiting for their power to be restored, they started thinking about how they could assist in the flood relief efforts, and they started banding together some of Queensland’s leading artists and designers for what would become the Queenslake Letterpress Exhibition.
Each participating creative was given a brief to create a two color illustration that would instill hope and represent the courage and even the humor of Queenslanders. Illustrations were letterpress printed by The Hungry Workshop, and the fifteen prints cover a broad range of subjects, from iconic architectural elements to whimsical ode to “The Owl and the Pussycat”.
‘Pull Together’ by Karl Kwasny
‘Brislantis’ by Spew Corp
‘Drought’ by Listen to the Graphics
‘In Our Nature’ by Rinzen
‘Spray on Flood Relief’ by Emlyn Allen
images from The Hungry Workshop