Episode 108: Barrie Tullett

Recorded on August 24, 2023

The Case Room Press: http://the-case.co.uk/

Barrie Tullett on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/barrietullett/

The Small Machine Talks to Barrie Tullett, October 2021

As part of this year’s extra-literary thread, I speak with Barrie Tullet for the second time on the show. We discuss his various design, typography, letterpress, letraset, 3D printing work.

The previous episode talked more about Barrie’s origins with typewriter art and the Typographic Dante.

RUHUMAN, the Typewriter Art of Keith Armstrong, edited by Barrie Tullett and Tom Gill: http://www.the-case.co.uk/ruhuman.html

Barrie tells us about RUHUMAN and renaissance man, Keith Armstrong. He mentions a few forthcoming shows in London and Tokyo on his work.

ruhuman: keith armstrong facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/882520949107091

The Typographic Dante – Purgatory, psw #13 of the Typewritten Series

Barrie talks about wanting to do a book of the full Typographic Dante. I discuss the need for good design, which is rare. Barrie talks about working with Jack Zipes on utopian tales from Weimar. Barrie talks about the beauty of good print quality and paper stock. I discuss the difficulty of getting good quality print for visual poetry.

I recall the previous episode in which Barrie said he likes to make things for a lark. We talk about his experiments with 3D printing, including Socialist Chess, a game of chess with Capitilasts vs Socialists. He looked at the Bauhaus Chess set https://shop.bauhaus-movement.com/bauhaus-chess-set-by-josef-hartwig/. He talks about the variety of chess sets, such as faerie chess and the history of chess boards and characters.

He’s redrawing and working on turning obsolete type into new type via 3D printing.

We talk about focus, doing multiple projects and perfection. A tour of Barrie’s Instagram shows a lot of different projects.

Barrie mentions a book called the People of Paper by a novel by Salvador Plascencia.

I mention Henry Darger, a recluse artist. https://www.moma.org/artists/28600 and the work he did that wasn’t discovered until after he died. Don’t horde your ideas.

We talk about Barrie’s four second fairy stories, which you can find on his Instagram account, such as Eat House and Cook Witch and the fun of letterpress, including colour.

Jack Zipes, Don’t Bet on the Prince, Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England.

We discuss Steve McCaffery’s  Carnival, the boxed special edition by Veer Books. Barrie worked on the project as the designer.

Thanks to Barrie for being on the show, to Charles for processing, to Jennifer Pederson for the intro and outro, and thanks to all of you for listening nd sharing the episode. Join us later this month for my second conversation with poet Dennis Cooley.