Speaking in Faces: Virginia’s Typographical Treasures Published

A VABC Festival of the Book Presentation
Sun. March 26, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Virginia Arts of the Book Center
2125 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902

Bonnie Bernstein, Lucas Czarnecki, and David Shields discuss typography and the publication of the long-awaited Speaking in Faces, a type specimen book of Virginia’s largest public collection of metal and wood type holdings, produced by the Virginia Arts of the Book Center.

Why should you attend?
Artists, designers, writers, and type enthusiasts are invited to explore this collection’s unique features and to discover how you too can print with it. The discussion will begin at 1:00 PM and be followed by a reception and demo by VABC members.

More about the project
Speaking in Faces, a forthcoming landmark publication showcasing the VABC’s metal type, will hold print gathered in the last 18 months from the VABC’s vast holdings in traditional specimens. These have been gathered through our class work and “Slug Away Sunday” printing sessions.

But you probably heard it will also be interspersed with creative specimens undertaken by the VABC artists based on a few of the best represented faces in our collection (by quantity and diversity of styles). Below is a selection of the unique artist’s specimens that utilize the intricacies and nuances of the font face; shape and design of individual letters, history, designer, etc… in ways that inspire and draw attention to the achievement of great typeface.

For the best look at the specimens, click on gallery below.

Thanks to the Virginia Commission for the Arts for supporting the work of these artists.


Event Details

Sunday March 26, 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Virginia Arts of the Book Center
Open to the public


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