- Copy of Look & See
- Your name in the book
Master printmaker Anthony Burrill’s wonderful world of printed matter, presented through a personal selection of offbeat ephemera and typographic curiosities.
Look & See offers a very personal insight into the idiosyncratic influences and inspirations behind the creativity of Anthony Burrill, designer and letterpress guru. Selecting from his private collection of printed matter, lovingly gathered and curated throughout his career, this is a celebration of the pieces of paper that surround our everyday lives, offering a whimsical and, at times, almost philosophical perspective on how we view printed artefacts. Each piece is accompanied by an observation by Burrill that reveals his sensitive knowledge and understanding about design and its place it the real world. Beautifully crafted into a whole much greater than the sum of its delightful parts, this is a publication that will entrance and be treasured in equal measure.
For a limited few, for whom the physical artefact is not enough, Volume is delighted to offer an exceptional opportunity to spend a day with Burrill as part of a small group studio visit. Guests will make their own travel arrangements to the UK and to Burrill’s local train station, where they will be collected and taken to his private house and studio in Essex and offered welcoming refreshments.
Burrill will provide a tour of his studio, including unique access to the personal archive from which the items in Look & See have been selected. Guests will be taken for lunch in an award-winning local pub, before visiting the legendary print-makers Adams of Rye, where they will receive a demonstration of hand-set letterpress type and get the opportunity to print their own postcards.
The tour makes a stop at another local pub for tea, before guests are returned to the train station with signed copies of Look & See, as well as a few surprise items to take home. Guests are sure to have a memorable day, leaving with a genuine appreciation of Burrill’s infectious enthusiasm, passion for print and love for all things designed.
Anthony Burrill grew up amid the natural beauty of the moors between Manchester and Leeds, England. Burrill was attracted to words and letterforms from an early age, collecting printed ephemera from travels with his grandfather. After studying graphic design at Leeds Polytechnic, he went on to attain an M.A. from the Royal College of Art, London, where he was perhaps most influenced by typographer Alan Kitching.
Setting out on his own, he produced a range of posters with bold typography and positive messages, which soon caught the eye of letterpress and type lovers everywhere. His “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” print is perhaps his best-known early work. “I overheard the phrase being spoken by an elderly lady in the queue at the local supermarket,” he has said, “it immediately struck me as being profound in its simplicity and truth.” It is this simplicity and generosity of spirit that characterises so much of Burrill’s work and is captured in Look & See.
Burrill has been collecting printed objects for decades – during a period when printed matter has undergone profound change – from ticket stubs and shop receipts to local announcements and quirky newspaper items. In them he sees the mind of an anonymous designer or typographer at work, and the occasional unexpected results they produce.
Truly ‘seeing’ the designed world around us, Burrill is the perfect guide to present the quotidian in a delighted and delightful way. For Look & See, Burrill has trawled through thousands of objects to make his selection, behind each of which is perhaps unintended wit, a mini revelation or a startling insight. Look & See is for anyone who wants to celebrate and perhaps find new meaning in the everyday objects we take for granted.