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Nothing In The Rulebook Interview

February 1st, 2017 | Posted by David in News | Press Cuttings - (0 Comments)

We were interviewed recently by an online magazine called Nothing In The Rulebook while waiting for an aeroplane. By way of introduction they say:

It seems old hat to say that mainstream publishing has been facing an existential crisis in recent years. As profit margins thin, the go-to response from the biggest publishing houses has been to retreat from investing in new ideas, and to banking on “sure things” – which, as Julian Barnes has noted, essentially amounts to republishing copies (or imitations) of commercially successful novels. Indeed, the mainstream publishing industry has become so risk averse and sold on the idea that committees of sales and marketing gurus that millions are now spent on orange-headed celebrity books whose pie charts and spreadsheets appeared to augur well but are in the bargain buckets shortly after they first appear.

Within this risk averse culture, new outlets for unique and creative expression, through art, writing, and fine book making are increasingly rare. Those that do exist must therefore be cherished.

Henningham Family Press (HFP) is the collaborative art and writing of David and Ping Henningham. Both Artists and Authors, HFP combines writing and art through fine art printmaking, bookbinding and performance. Based in Dalston, London, the pair primarily work with National and Regional Cultural Institutions and civil society groups, and are always looking for new institutions, such as museums, libraries and publishers to collaborate with.

It is an honour to bring you this detailed interview…

You can read the full interview HERE 

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The Times Educational Supplement, Britain’s leading education periodical, has published a feature on ‘Letters Home: The First World War Poetry Kit’, a book we published in collaboration with The Poetry Library;

The aim was to create a resource using inspirations that the children might not have got to hear about until university – and that’s if they got lucky.
Chris McCabe in The Times Educational Supplement

TES Resources FREE Download: Letters Home

Letters Home Poetry Kit

Letters Home Poetry Kit

There are three ways for you to get hold of this book:

1: Book a Letters Home Session at The Poetry Library

Everyone who does the Letters Home session with the Poetry Librarians at the Southbank Centre takes their copy of the book away with them.
For more info look at their VISITS page.
Contact: info [at] poetrylibrary.org.uk and request to book LETTERS HOME.

2: FREE Digital Download

This PDF version if adapted for smartphones and tablet computers. It is free to download and share.
Please note that the Surrealists game and the DNA kit could not be included.
Download: Letters Home Tablet PDF

3: Print On Demand

You can order a batch of the printed books including the Surrealist postal game, die-cut DNA 3D concrete poetry kit, and holographic foil on cover.
Pack of 35: £85 (zero VAT)
Pack of 70: £158 (zero VAT)
Contact: david [at] henninghamfamilypress.co.uk
Please allow at least 7 days for delivery

Delivery not included

Die-Cut 3D DNA Concrete Poetry Kit

Die-Cut 3D DNA Concrete Poetry Kit

Letters Home aims to give an introductory guide to these movements as well as providing prompts for writing exercises, including the writing of visual, Imagist and sound poems, the creation of typefaces and collaborative writing through the forming of a sculptural poem. We’ve tried to make the introductions extremely straightforward, so that children can learn through doing it. The instruction for inventing a typeface is simply: ‘This time, draw your own letters from the alphabet that are full of energy’.

One of the nicest things outcomes of Letters Home is that the children want to take the publication away with them. The publication is beautifully designed by the Henninghams with silver debossing on the cover. I don’t think it’s a case that the shiny foiling is the only reason for the children’s attachment to it. By the end of the session they have a sense that the meaning of the words – and their look and feel on the page – are closer than they’d ever imagined.

Chris McCabe in The Times Educational Supplement

Letter Game 1: Calligrammes

Letter Game 1: Calligrammes

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The Times Literary Supplement, ‘the leading international forum for literary culture’, has published a celebratory review of ‘An Unknown Soldier’. You can read the review here:

Against Unremembering

In the review David Collard puts our poem into context, saying:

Henningham’s mordant wit and avant-garde flair is part of another poetic tradition stretching back to Wyndham Lewis, Ezra Pound and the Dada pranksters of Zurich, although the first truly modernist treatment of the conflict in English emerged only in 1937 with the publication of David Jones’s In Parenthesis.

He says our current exhibition at The Saison Poetry Library, which continues until January 4th 2015:

brings a much-needed sense of indignation and disgust to present-day rituals of commemoration and gives a voice to the anonymous war dead of all nations without tapping into simple patriotic sentimentality.

Anyone interested in snapping up one of the remaining copies of the Paperback version of An Unknown Soldier will find it here:
Buy Now via Book Price 24 From £11.59
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About An Unknown Soldier paperback

An Unknown Soldier paperback version

The exhibition at The Saison Poetry Library shows all the works to date associated with An Unknown Soldier:

The Saison Poetry Library,
Level 5, Royal Festival Hall
Southbank Centre
London SE1 8XX

FREE

Open Daily Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 8pm
Tuesday 4th November 2014 – Sunday 4th January 2015

Contact: David Henningham

An Unknown Soldier (detail)

An Unknown Soldier (detail)

An Unknown Soldier (installation)

An Unknown Soldier (installation)

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SGM filmed this interview with David about the four prints we made with them for the WW1 Active Service Gospel replica.

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We placed a listing in Aesthetica Magazine announcing our project An Unknown Soldier. If you saw us there – welcome to our website!

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You can find everything about the whole project here.

We currently have two new superb screenprints underway, which are as yet unlisted, this time also using our foil debossing press on some of the details.

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‘Humans Invent’ Interview HFP

August 14th, 2012 | Posted by David in Press Cuttings - (0 Comments)

Humans Invent are the latest to interview us in our studio. Recently journos have started declining the offer of cup of tea. Is it tighter deadlines or a side-effect of the Leveson enquiry? “Is it true that you accepted a cup of tea from an interviewee?!” Well you can enjoy this glowing Humans Invent article here without fear of a hot-beverage related conflict of interests…

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Sounds of Making‘ by Dominic Wilcox is a vinyl record of artisans and artists at work in the East End. He was commissioned by CREATE to make this memento of the East End during the changes happening in preparation for the Olympics. Although perhaps it is the encroaching digital dimension, or even rising labour costs, that gives this project its impetus.

On the record you’ll hear us foil debossing the covers of out latest book, and there are pictures on Dominic’s website here. There is also a lovely little line drawing of us on the cover.

Copyright 2012 Dominic Wilcox

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Leading art magazine Art Review has highlighted a stunning print we commissioned from James Hobbs in their January/February edition, in a section entitled “Now Buy This”.

James Hobbs took two adjacent frames from a 16mm film that captures the turbulent tide at Kilnsea… and enlarged and reproduced them as a cyanotype. Two identical diagrams have been overlaid in a hot silver foil. (Oliver Basciano)

James Hobbs
Kilnsea: In Obsolescence
Cyanotype with silver foil debossing on 400gsm Arches Aquarelle
Edition of 50
£120

James’ print is one of three editions we commissioned and exhibited at Christie’s Auction House. The prints are available individually or as part of a 9 x 5in cloth bound portfolio entitled ODDE.

Julie Rafalski’s screenprint series ‘Some People from the Encyclopaedia of Architecture’ crop out the grand projects and restore the humanity of the people who were intended only for scale. (note: There are five different images in Julie’s edition. Click here to view them all).

Lisa Peachey applied successive waves of screenprint, including portraits of her own eyes, in this meditation on truth and seeing.  The blind debossing ‘Look You, This is a True Story’ titles the print and adds a tongue-in-cheek stamp of authority.

The first 20 of all three editions are available as a set in this beautiful cloth bound portfolio for £276.

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See Ping* explaining a bit about the Austerity Measure at this year’s Multiplied here!

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Not the first time we’ve been put near a Michael Craig-Martin, but it is the first time we’re pictured in PT.. I think..

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