Ultrabold was originally begun in 2006 as a way of encouraging membership of the Friends of St Bride Library, and also to promote the Library, its collections and its activities, a bit of ‘soft power’ for what was really one of London’s hidden treasures. I designed and edited the journal, which ran for 18 issues until 2016.
Trapped in the stasis of the first lockdown, and with the Library closed, it seemed a great idea to revive it! In the current issue, number 20, the first of two to mark the Library’s 125th anniversary, librarian Sophie Hawkey-Edwards reflects on the unique magic of the Library and what it means to her and the people who use it; Ursula Jeffries takes us back to the 1890s and how the whole thing got started; James Mosley examines the photographs Emery Walker took to help William Morris design his types for the Kelmscott Press; Elizabeth Fraser uses a personal health crisis to find creative inspiration; ‘Do it like you do it,’ says Agyei Archer – and does; while Bob Richardson looks at the Model press, the Gujarati Type Foundry, and a Beatrice Warde commission for the Curwen Press, yet more fascinating items from the collection.
You can buy a copy at the Library’s
Some back issues are available from the Library’s online shop, or of course, once things are open again you can buy them in person.