I have broken type, caught my fingers between rollers, torn paper, waited weeks for ink to dry…
Took part in: 2017
Printing with an Adana 8×5 as a teenager – I used it to produce some membership cards. I remember being shocked at the authority of the printed matter (this was in a pre computer age where a photocopier was seen as in the service of the Devil).
I am pretty much self taught – I had brief introductions at both Cambridge School of Art and thereafter at London College of Printing but whilst studying at undergraduate and post graduate levels my interests where directed towards other forms of image making – it was only after my masters degree I became curious about the value of letterpress printing.
I have (and still do) collected type even prior to university, so by the time I finally purchased a basic galley press I had amassed quite a collection of wooden type and had become proficient in printing without a press – by burnishing the back of the printing paper with a wooden spoon.
I have broken type, caught my fingers between rollers, torn paper, waited weeks for ink to dry and committed a large number of other crimes against the traditional teachings of the printing industry. I continue with this approach today…
Tim Foster at Cambridge – Tim was always interested in the emotional impact of design – what it is capable of, rather than what it outwardly represents in visual terms.
Perhaps this is why I still contemplate the value of design content rather than focussing too much with the million variants involved in the aesthetics of making work.
I would love to have the ability to fly – although I suffer from vertigo so I would only be able to transport myself a few feet from the ground sober (with the introduction of alcohol I may be able to reach more giddy heights).
Their humor and the ability to put up with mine.
By accident, when I least expect them – when I am thinking about something else.
Johnson’s underground typeface – the underground is an interesting place full of romance and drama – an ideal spot to visit in spirit form.
Business for Punks – James Watt
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Circle – Dave Eggers
1 Soldan Proof Press / 100 cases of wooden type / 10 cases of metal type / 100 tins of ink / 2 stools / 4 Aprons / 10 Rollers / 3 Rulers / 1 Hammer / 1 Pug / 1 bucket full of dirty rags.
Enlarge it by ten times its original size.
At home between nine and midnight.
Flared trousers will return and become fashionable again.
It encourages people to read.
Graphic Design / Typography.
A little lino cutting, wood engraving and collagraph.