A new documentary film called “Typeface” by the independent company Kartemquin Films, is coming out in November. It focuses on the Hamilton Wood Type Museum which is located at the premises of the old Hamilton wood type company, on Lake Michigan 90 minutes north of Milwaukee. This is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, Hamilton’s collection is one of the premier wood type collections in the world. The film documents traditional printmaking and wood type workshops which are held at the museum. Hamilton comes alive once a month, as international artists meet retired craftsmen and together they revisit traditional techniques under the instruction of leading artists such as Stacey Stern, a printing instructor at Columbia College. The museum’s existence is critical to the worldwide design community who are passionate about the history of their craft and its function in the contemporary field.
A sneak preview is scheduled for November 6. Go see it!