Performance Publishing

Two of our screenprints have just been acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum for their permanent collection.

Royal Poster (left aligned) and Imperial Poster (fully justified), are both works from our An Unknown Soldier series, which mediatates on the meaning of a memorial to an unknown soldier in the age of DNA testing. Does he now embody our desire to ignore the past, rather than remember?

We used three bespoke fonts to evoke the anatomy of trench warfare and, using old-fashioned paper sizes, we alluded to call-up posters, papers, and martial instruction manuals. The block letters are topped with patterns redolent of security envelopes. Royal Poster (Left Aligned) is red and silver on turquoise paper and reads, ‘Thee must hebeas n corpus fur tet corps un see’, roughly translated, ‘you must have a body for this body of men, I see’. The fluorescent yellow, cyan and silver Imperial Poster (fully justified) reads ‘Let nuh great unborn pre-empt nuh dead’.

As well as the National Art Library, the V&A Museum has a wonderful study room where people can look at the extensive collection of prints and drawings without an appointment. You can tell as soon as you walk into the Sackler Centre that this is an institution engrossed in contemporary artistry and craftsmanship, with a thriving events programme.

Many of our prints and publications have been acquired by major collections:

University College London
Chelsea College of Art
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Winchester School of Art
De Bijloke, Ghent
Trykkeriet, Bergen

and now the Victoria and Albert Museum, ensuring that however poorly we maintain our toaster, our work will avoid destruction.

Half-handed Cloud and Henningham Family Press proudly present a live music and screenprint show, with unreleased songs!

Date: Thursday 19th January 2012
Time: 8.00pm (performance starts promptly at 8.30pm)
Venue: St Barnabas Church, Shacklewell Row, Dalston, London, E8 2EA
£5 in advance inc. limited edition poster,  (£6 on door)

This one-off show will take place in St Barnabas Church, a recently reopened hidden gem in Dalston. The band will take the audience through areas usually inaccessible to  the public, playing songs from the extensive H-hC back catalogue and printing a limited edition glow-in-the-dark poster as we go. You will be whisked through the Old and New Testaments with us, singing, printing, eating and drinking, like some sort of Dada Sunday School. The show culminates in a set of previously unreleased songs.

This show is timed perfectly for that moment just after Christmas and New Year when you’ve been back at work for a few days and you’re feeling a bit aimless. No problem! Sitting ready on your mantlepiece will be the tickets you bought in December for the H-hC/HFP live show! Click the button below now and become slump-proofed!

We were all very proud of the show we did together in 2008, when we transformed the basement of the Foundry into a giant 12 foot record player. But for those of you who don’t yet know him, Half-handed Cloud is a prolific songwriter represented by Asthmatic Kitty and Sounds Familyre records. A long-time collaborator with Danielson and Sufjan Stevens, and former Illinoisemaker. He is proficient in resurrecting music formats; not just your limited edition vinyl, but cassettes! analog phones! MDs!

Print Club London asked us to join them on a cover version: Long-time member Caspar Williamson (Flying Machines) has just published a book called ‘Reinventing Screenprinting’, and Rose Stallard (breed) has illustrated a limited edition of 100 dust-jackets printed by Print Club and Henningham Family Press. Our part in this was to foil deboss (or ‘block’) Rose Stallard’s cover illustration in shiny silver. We’ll be at the launch, showing them off and talking to people about how to get something foiled with us. The perfect process for book covers and invites! Click here for our new Studio Price List which includes prices for foil debossing (blocking).

Book Launch

Thursday 1st December
6.30pm – 9.30pm
Print Club London, 214 Brick Lane, E1 6SA for invite to private view

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

Introducing An Unknown Soldier

October 29th, 2011 | Posted by David in An Unknown Soldier - (1 Comments)

What is the meaning of a memorial to an unknown soldier in the age of DNA testing? Does he now embody our desire to ignore the past, rather than remember? At Christie’s Multiplied we launched this whole new body of work, which we’ve been working on over four years. We all know that new technology made the Great War more lethal than any of the volunteers could have expected. What is often overlooked is the degree to which printing technology was essential to attract so many volunteers and bring them to the front line.

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A deluxe screenprinted wooden box contains three documents. It begins with a book containing a screenprinted poem of instruction. A ‘Preparatory Oratory’, which satirises official remembrance with a voice like the bastard-child of BLAST and The Book of Common Prayer.

Part II is another screenprinted text, thirteen screenprinted panels. This is ‘An Unknown Soldier’ himself who “may not be all there”. The dialect of no-man’s-land is as corrupted as this body of text, which in this photo is exhibited framed on the wall. The horizontal planes of the text correspond to the human frame, juxtaposing body and battlefield.

Part III (Funeral, March) is a triptych of verses that reflect on the author’s family on the home front and in peacetime, bound as a small order of service.

The first 10 sets of the prints and books are available in their boxes. The subsequent 20 sets of screenprinted panels are available as prints for framing. The subsequent 20 books are also sold seperately as a pair. A paperback book of the text is available.

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Throughout these documents, three bespoke fonts evoke the anatomy of trench warfare. We have pressed these further as three fine art prints using old-fashioned paper sizes, alluding to call-up posters, papers, and martial instruction manuals.

Framing Options

Framing Options

The block letters are topped with patterns redolent of security envelopes. ‘Royal Poster (Left Aligned)’ reads, ‘Thee must hebeas n corpus fur tet corps un see’, roughly translated, ‘you must have a body for this body of men, I see’. ‘Imperial Poster (fully justified)’ reads ‘Let nuh great unborn pre-empt nuh dead’. Trench (Italic) includes the whole italic version.

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Mulitplied sees the completion of three bodies of work! We are very pleased with their diversity and their standard testifies to the hours of hard work we’ve spent getting our studio in order. Here are some highlights of these for your attention.

Austerity Measure

We knew the Credit Crunch was good, but we had no idea it would grace the pages of the Financial Times, be certified by a firm of accountants, and  accepted by the Royal Academy… It now has a sibling; our Austerity Measure. This silkscreen print on 2mm greyboard was then lasercut. It features our favourite mad economic phrases selected from a post-it note we kept next to Radio 4 over the last few months. Thank you Robert Peston.

Austerity Measure
Henningham Family Press
Edition 50
Screenprint and Lasercut on 2mm greyboard
46 x 35 cm
£180 (£348 framed)

An Unknown Soldier

An Unknown Soldier is the most accomplished work we’ve ever made. But not everyone can afford a three-part poem in a dazzling silkscreen printed birch-ply box (£2,225). For this reason there also exist two large format prints based on call-posters featuring the same bespoke font we made for the project. The block letters are topped with patterns redolent of patterns found in security envelopes, and they are made using old-fashioned paper sizes. Royal Poster (Left Aligned) reads, ‘Thee must hebeas un corpus fur tet corps un see’, roughly translated, ‘you must have a body for this body of men’. Imperial Poster (fully justified) reads ‘Let nuh great unborn pre-empt nuh dead’.

Royal Poster (left aligned)
David Henningham
Edition 30
20 x 25in
£234 (£390 framed)

Monday School

This commission for the Church where I attended Sunday School draws upon stained glass and the tradition of charting the Bible to celebrate the quatercentenary of the King James Bible. It comes as four panels in a debossed deluxe portfolio we made for it.

Monday School Illuminations
Henningham Family Press
Edition 10
four panels of 26 x 19 cm
£450 (£630 framed)

Following our King James Bible Bash show in the London Word Festival earlier this year, we then began a series of wonderful prints, one for each day of the creation story by French artist Margaux Carpentier. She has departed from the relatively recent division of the sacred and profane; in her creation series God extends his own organs to create matter infused with breath, recapturing the visceral message of the Bible text.

Troisieme Jour
Margaux Carpentier
Edition 20
76 x 56 cm
£324 (£492 framed)

Sixieme Jour
Margaux Carpentier
Edition 20
76 x 56 cm
£324 (£492 framed)

There will be a surcharge for delivery of framed works outside the UK.

Prices include delivery (UK and rest of world)

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..

We are once again included in Multiplied, Christie’s original editions fair! We have an extraordinary number of new editions by an ever-increasing number of artists and writers to show you at the fair alongside our extensive back-catalogue of prints and books.

Multiplied Contemporary Editions Fair
14th – 17th Oct 2011


Fri 14th 9am-5pm
Sat 15th 11am-6pm
Sun 16th 11am-6pm
Mon 17th 9am-5pm

At the heart of our stand will be a brand new body of work exhibited for the first time, An Unknown Soldier. A poem meditating on the idea of an Unknown Soldier in the age of DNA testing, which has become the source for prints and books of various sizes.

The three parts of the poem are housed in a dazzling printed birch-ply box with an oblique construction (Preparatory Oratory/An Unknown Soldier/Funeral, March). A framed version of the central body of text stands 2m tall on the wall. Nearby the bespoke font, Trench, features on three fine art prints; Trench (Italic), Imperial Poster (Fully Justified), and Royal Poster (Left Aligned), alluding to call-up posters, papers, and martial instruction manuals. A paperback book of the same work is also available.

Credit Crunch makes a re-appearance, but this time has a sibling; our very own Austerity Measure. Don’t worry, we’ll give all purchasers extensive training on how to use it..

More work from the Monday School series appears, including two beautiful new prints by Margaux Carpentier of the 3eme and 6eme days of Creation.

And another highlight will be ODDE, a collection of three 9x5in prints by Julie Rafalski, James Hobbs and Lisa Peachey in an exquisite foil debossed portfolio. Screenprints, cyanotypes and foil debossing.

All this and much more made from scratch in our studio! We hope to see you at the fair. However, if you cannot make it in person, purchases will be possible from the stand through our fully illustrated blog here to be posted after the fair or collected at the stand during the four days we are there.

See you there!

We are pleased to announce the release of the Half-handed Cloud ‘Dove EP’ on Burnt Toast Vinyl. The album features seven new songs by John on the A-side, and spinning etched artwork by HFP on the B-side. A rotodisk spinning illustration! So you can listen to side A and then flip it over to watch side B.

We also present this music video for the song Slip Through the Cracks taken from the H-hC ‘Dove EP’. The 2011 release of this 12-inch gives us an opportunity to release this footage of our 12-foot vinyl show in London 2008.

We were privileged to discuss the songs with Half-handed Cloud as they were composed, and to perform them for the first time in 2008, a preview show of six unreleased songs! Now they’re released!

The poster of the 2008 show is available here for UK collectors and here at Asthmatic Kitty for Americans (silkscreen H-hC and HFP collaboration with three H-hC linocuts)

The vinyl record is available here from Burnt Toast Vinyl