TONIGHT: Shelf Life offsite public lecture by designer Layla Tweedie-Cullen

Shelf Life, the Henry’s look at books and independent publishing, closes this Sunday! But before then we’ve got a few more events to take us out on a high note. In partnership with the University of Washington School of Art – Design Division, we welcome New Zealand graphic designer Layla Tweedie-Cullen, who will give a public lecture at the UW Art Building (room 003) at 6:30 pm this evening. (Thursday, October 13th)

An accomplished graphic designer who trained in the Netherlands (her background includes a BA at the Rietveld Academie and an MA from the Werkplaats Typografie), she often works under the studio name Narrow Gauge designing books for artists and arts organizations. With an interest in critical and cross-disciplinary design and art practices, Layla established split/fountain, a project space, bookshop, publishing venture, and studio in Auckland.

Layla has just arrived in Seattle after representing S/F at the New York Art Book Fair, a premiere annual festival for independent publishers from around the world. There, bookshops both replenish their stocks as well as sell and trade their own book projects. Of the many publications Layla brought with her to the States, she has sold out of most of them. However, she’ll have samples of her books available for the audience to see in person tonight.

Layla’s involvement in publishing ranges from initiating independent publications to handling distribution and promotion, all the way to the meticulous typographic adjustments designers make to a file the night before it goes to the printer. Tonight, Layla will talk about what influenced her to found split/fountain and as well as her aspirations for the space and continuing publication projects. Please join us!

Note: Tonight’s lecture will be held at the UW School of Art building, room 003. Many thanks to Karen Cheng, Chair of Visual Communication Design at the UW School of Art, for helping us coordinate and supporting this event.

Shelf Life Public Talk @ the UW School of Art
Layla Tweedie-Cullen, Book Designer and Director of split/fountain (S/F)
Thursday, October 13
6:30 pm
Free and open to the public
University of Washington Art Building, room 003

Shelf Life is the Henry’s summer ode to BOOKS and READING. From July 1 – October 16th, the Henry has invited book lovers from various fields — independent publishers, librarians, poets, writers, designers, and, most importantly, readers — to share with us what they do and why they love to do it. For a complete list of Shelf Life related programming, please visit this page.

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