The Ideal City, Artist book workshop in Linocut and letterpress

Nick Morley and Umberto Giovannini

Typography in collaboration with Anonima Impressori

June 12-16, 2019 Fabriano

Club House of the Cartiere di Fabriano

in collaborazione con le Cartiere di Fabriano
in collaborazione con le Cartiere di Fabriano

Umberto Giovannini and Nick Morley have been working for years in the field of illustration and artist’s book and together collaborating on several projects including the Vacuum Editions collection.

On the occasion of the UNESCO Creative Cities Meeting held in Fabriano, they were invited to design this 5-day workshop that will bring you into the world of illustration and artist’s book by creating original linocut prints and printing with lead typefaces. The artist book project will be addressed starting from the topic “The ideal city”, the subject of UNESCO’s Meeting. Each participant will realise his artist book printed in a small edition.

You will design your book coordinated by Nick and Umberto then Umberto will follow typography, edition and binding and Nick will work with you making the illustration in linocut.


Umberto Giovannini
After studying Graphic Communication Design, he graduated from the DAMS in Bologna and began dedicating his time to graphic art.
He is a founding member of the art group, VACA.
Since 2009, he has directed the Opificio Della Rosa low-environmental impact printmaking centre.
He is in particular attracted to woodcut, in relation to which he has developed personal carving and printing techniques.
His prints and artists’ books can be found in international collections.
His personal, study and research work is supplemented by teaching.
He is currently Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London and Visiting Professor at the RUFA, Rome University of Fine Arts.
He is the president of Renate Herold Czaschka Foundation dedicated to artist book and printmaking.
As a graphics historian, he has been called upon to organize various exhibitions and has planned a series of books dedicated to engraving and illustration.


Nick Morley is an artist and illustrator who specialises in linocut. He runs Hello Print Studio in Margate and teaches regular workshops around the UK. Nick’s illustrations have appeared on book and magazine covers and his prints are collected internationally. In 2016 his book, Linocut for Artists and Designers, was published by Crowood Press.

  • N.B. This workshop will be held in Fabriano, Province of Ancona, Italy
  • This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with some experience
  • Language: English-Italian
  • 5 day workshop 12-16 June 2019
  • Timetable: 10-13 /14-17
  • Location: Club House Cartiere Miliani di Fabriano
    (Viale Pietro Miliani, 33, 60044 Fabriano AN, Italy GPS 43.331172, 12.899065)
  • Cost: Euro 275 (concessions: students and under 26, euro 220)
  • Materials and tools necessary for the workshops are included in the cost of the course and will be provided for each participant.

Informazioni generali

  • Participants are advised to bring your own drawing set, and clothing suitable for work in comfort, dirty, etc.
  • Usually at lunch time we eat together. Everyone brings their own food.
  • A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.
  • There is a limit of 15 places per workshop
  • 8 participants are needed for the course to operate
  • If the course has insufficient participants to run, those already enrolled will receive a full refund of the amount they paid at registration.
  • Participants who have registered but find they can no longer attend will be refunded half the registration fee providing they notify us at least 20 days before the course commences.
  • Early registration is recommended in order to secure not only a place on the course but also accommodation in Fabriano.