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The Lockdown Alphabet: C is for Create Common Cultures


Original letterpress and linocut print. Part of The Lockdown Alphabet, an artwork conceived and created during Aotearoa’s Coronavirus lockdown. The Lockdown Alphabet comments on the virus and surrounding issues and is on show at Mahara Gallery during September 2020. 

Each of the 28 prints (26 letters plus coversheet (!) and ampersand (&)) features a letter, a phrase and has accompanying commentary (shipped seperately with the print). 

During lockdown, printmaker Joe Buchanan cut giant 600 pt Franklin Gothic Demi by hand into linoleum. The letters were then hand printed with complementary metal type onto beautiful Fabriano Rosaspina white printmaking paper, paper size approx 295 mm x 420 mm (roughly A3). Only 30 copies of each letter will ever be made. 

See and buy all letters at www.diatompress.co.nz/alphabet

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This print is part of the Diatom Press’s flagship work The Lockdown Alphabet.

Each letter is accompanied with associated commentary. 

C, Create common cultures

Faced with global threats: pandemics, climate change, nuclear weapons, survival requires agreement. The facts and solutions are painfully obvious. But narrow nationalist posturing still wins political power.


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We charge $12.00 per order. Prints are usually delivered in approximately 3-7 days. The Lockdown Alphabet however is still being printed prioritising the letters that are being ordered first, so it may be a few more days.

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$20.00 per order, delivered in approximately 8-12 days, except if Joe is still printing, contact us if in doubt.

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