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P98a – A Visit to Erik Spiekermann’s Berlin Studio

P98a – A Visit to Erik Spiekermann’s Berlin Studio

Visit to Erik Spiekermann Studio P98a, on November 19th 2018

p98a.berlin – typographic workshop
Potsdamer Straße 98a
10785 Berlin

In my quest to find practitioners of typography and letterpress today, I am visiting Erik Spiekermann’s Berlin-based artist studio, p98a

Presses include an Original Heidelberger Tiegel, Korrex Frankfurt Kraft (1961), FAG Swiss Proof S 52 (1979) and FAG Standard AP 550 (1960)

Korrex Frankfurt Kraft (1961)

Original Heidelberger Tiegel

  

Archive of Wood Type letters of US and European origin

Wood blocks featuring common German word endings such as ‘heit’ and ‘keit’

Archive of Lead Type letters of US and European origin

Catalogues of Wood Type and Lead Type Letters

Exposed Polymer Plates – Used for print runs

Studio Working Spaces

 

 

Bauhaus Fonts – supported by Adobe California, presented at LA Adobe MAX in October 2018

Download via Typekit, Creative Cloud
https://fonts.adobe.com/fonts/hidden-treasures
Font designs discovered in the Bauhaus Archive Dessau
Modern designers to complete the five original alphabet designs by Joost Schmidt, Carl Marx, Xanti Schawinsky, Reinhold Rossig & Alfred Arndt

Experimentation with different materials used to print on letterpress

Alphabits – typeface FF Amoeba letters in 5mm acrylic

  

Typographic Library

Books and posters for sale, printed by P98A

YouTube Video By Jaroslaw Godlewski

Vogue – Berlin Cityscapes Series – 10/10/2018

Vogue – Berlin Cityscapes Series – 10/10/2018

Berlin Cityscapes Series featured on Vogue Italia website  

Researching the City of Berlin – Typography – Actual Size Magazine

Researching the City of Berlin – Typography – Actual Size Magazine

As part of my typographical field research, I wandered the city of Berlin to seek out any surviving commercial signs, particularly on the facades of buildings, that bear witness to earlier times. New Manchester-based print magazine Actual Size (https://www.actualsizemagazine.com) contacted me on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/heike_schneider_matzigkeit/) after 

Tag der offenen Baustelle – Stadtschloss Berlin

Tag der offenen Baustelle – Stadtschloss Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Letterpress Lead Printing for my prototype

Letterpress Lead Printing for my prototype

For my book cover prototype print, I choose a small lead font called 8pt Petit Post Versalien https://www.voltapress.com/typecatalog/   After choosing the font, I proceed to set up the 8 point size letters which takes a lot of concentration and care   Then, I start to 

Anhalter Bahnhof Berlin

Anhalter Bahnhof Berlin

The Remnants of Anhalter Bahnhof Berlin in 2019    

Bookbinding Workshop Reflection

Bookbinding Workshop Reflection

During the bookbinding workshop I experimented with three different types of stitching and created a signature based book (chap book), a Japanese book block, and a coptic book.

 

 

Here is my final and favourite result, a coptic stitch book with black pages, white thread and a thick grey cover.

I love the look the inset stitches on the cover are creating: simple yet elegant.

The title sheet of the book is a print I set with the letterpress (see blog post Letterpress Lead Printing for my prototype), which fits the simple style and colour scheme.

For future book cover experimentation, I am interested in testing various materials, including unused 1970s wallpaper (perfect for glue), pieces of wood, natural materials such as dry rye etc.

The tools necessary for book binding which I used today are: Awl (Ahle in German), Book Punch (Locheisen), Bone Folder (Falzbein), Sowing Needle, Twine or thread (Buchbinderzwirn).

 

Bone Folder – Paper with the grain

Sowing Needle

Twine or thread – Number of holes or number of signatures: That many times the height of the book.

Bookbinding tools

 

My Coptic Stitch Book

 

Traditional Japanese book blocks

 

My Japanese book block

 

Boros Collection – Reichsbahnbunker Friedrichstrasse

Boros Collection – Reichsbahnbunker Friedrichstrasse

There are two very different aspects to a visit to the Boros Collection, however, at the end of the visit it almost feels that they are converging into a new whole. One element is the obvious history of the location and venue, the other is