Tucked away on a cobbled street in a quiet corner of Hoxton is Standpoint Studios, an artists’ collective celebrating the spirit of craftsmanship. All three floors are filled with ceramicists, painters, and printers – and on the second floor is New North Press, one of Hoxton’s finest artistic establishments.
New North Press is an artisan letterpress print and design studio, which was established in 1986. It has been at its home on Coronet Street since 1993, staying true to its philosophy of creating a space for craftspeople to make their art. Today, artists pore over their designs, surrounded by traditional cast-iron presses and an array of wooden and metal letters carefully organised into trays.
‘We called the studio Standpoint because it was a place to start off from. But all the people who had workshops here originally have all stayed,’ says Graham Bignell, who runs New North Press with Beatrice Bless and Richard Ardagh. ‘This building was empty when we first saw it. A legacy of the 1990 recession”