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Judith Poirier MA (RCA) from the Université du Québec à Montreal presents her film-book, Two Weeks - Two Minutes.

A great chance to meet and hear an international typographer talking about her letterpress work. Judith's lecture is part of the exhibition opening showcasing work by successful students in the International Society of Typographic Designers student assessment scheme.

TWO WEEKS – TWO MINUTES A film-book by Judith Poirier

Animation, 2013.
Letterpress on 35 mm film stock, colour, 2 min 35 s.

Two Weeks – Two Minutes, a film and a book, explores
the double page format and the notion of time in both media. During a two week residency at the Center for Book and Paper Arts (CBPA) in Chicago, Judith Poirier printed simultaneously on paper and 35mm clear film stock using letterpress. Every hour during her stay, she systematically wrote down what she was seeing, hearing or doing, trying to capture a snapshot of time. These observations were set directly on the press, at the rhythm of a spread a day, using the CBPA’s collection of metal and wood type. The letters and ornaments printed on celluloid generate the animation as well as the soundtrack of the film. Each spread of the

24 page book produces 10 seconds of film for a total
of 120 seconds (2 minutes). For the digital transfer of the printed celluloid, the frame was turned 90° recreating
the vertical format of a book and the horizontal movement of reading. Edited as two vertical screens side by side, the film mimics the format of its book companion and suggests a different reading experience.


2013, Canadian Film Institute (CFI) Award for Best Canadian Animation, Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF).

Public screenings:

2014 London International Animation Festival (LIAF 2014), UK 2014 Viennale, International Film Festival Vienna, Austria 2014 The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Limassol 2014 Encounters Short Film & Animation Festival, Bristol, UK 2014 ANIMATOR Int. Animated Film Festival, Poznan, Poland 2014 Animation Revelations, Aukland, New Zealand

2014 Melbourne Int. Animation Festival (MIAF), Autralia
2014 International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany 2014 International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), Montréal 2014 Animac, Int. Animation Film Festival, Lleida, Catalonia 2014 Animated Type Showcase, Salt Lake City, Portland, USA 2013 Animpact, Animation Festival, Best of Best competition, Seoul and Deagu, Korea; Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan. 2013 GIRAF, Int. Festival of Independent Animation, Canada 2013 Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF), Canada.


Alternate Gothic
Antique Condensed Ornamented Arboret
Arcadian Open Ornamental Baskerville Italic
Del Raye
French Clarendon Condensed Perspective Shaded & Open
Glyptic Shaded
Gold Rush
Gothic & Gothic Condensed
Gothic Toscan Ornamented Shaded Jim Crowel Gothic Shaded
Joanna Italic
Krieg’s Body Parts, Borders
& Ornaments Collection
News Gothic Condensed
Stymie, Stymie Bold Italic & Bold Open Condensed
Toscan Ornamented Shaded
Twentieth Century Medium
Van Lanen Latin
Wood Gothic Outline
Ornaments and other bits and pieces from the CBPA drawers.


Judith Poirier (MA Royal College of Art, London) lives and works in Montreal. She teaches at the École de design, Université du Québec
à Montréal. Her work focuses on experimental typography through film, book design and printmaking. She uses letterpress, exploring connections between the printed page and the cinema screen.