In the countdown to Camberwell’s summer events, we talked to Charlie Abbott and Jake Hopwood, of work-form and Camberwell Press, about Camberwell Press and the previous summer shows.
What is Camberwell Press?
Camberwell Press is a design, research and publishing organisation based within Camberwell College of Arts. We receive design, editorial and publishing commissions from a range of sources, from both within and outside of the University, often within a context relevant to art and design.
Camberwell Press is run by a revolving team of graduates from Camberwell College of Arts. Each member of the team works for approximately a year, under a flexible internship programme. Through this programme, these graduates retain access to the college facilities, work on live projects with clients and expand their portfolio. It’s a supportive environment that helps cultivate a professional practice within freelance work.
What about work-form?
work-form is an independent design studio that shares studio space with Camberwell Press. In return for this space, the three members of work-form (Charlie Abbott, Jake Hopwood and Alex Hough) support Camberwell Press as project managers. We also teach the first year of the BA Graphic Design course and FDA Design course, as well as organising workshops within BA Illustration, Widening Participation, and recently the BA Fine Art programme.
Tell us about the Letter Press workshop in last year’s Open House event?
It was a great experience. There is something very rewarding about introducing children to letterpress, they engage with the physicality and tactility of printmaking in a completely open manner. Although the workshop was very busy, everybody was very patient, and together we made some brilliant postcards.
What are your graphic design students up to for the forthcoming Summer Show?
At this time of year, our third year students tend to keep things a little quiet when it comes to their degree show. Whatever the result, I’m sure this year’s show will be as imaginative, thoughtful and playful as we have come to expect from our students.