Holsted, Denmark, 2016 - Slow Printing summer workshop with Thomas Gravemaker and Jens Jørgen Hansen

Brittany Ryan rookie

I like to use and explore unconventional techniques on a press bed

Amsterdam, Netherlands


How long have you been printing?


Describe your first encounter with letterpress

I was being toured through someone's home, and on the floor was a case with lead type and cliches for display and I was hypnotized by the texture, the shapes, and immediately needed to hold, understand and learn how they worked.

Where did you learn?

Amsterdam - under Thomas Gravemaker

Who was your most influential teacher?

Thomas Gravemaker

What super power would you like to have?


Do you prefer to work alone or with others?

Depends :-) mostly alone.

What do you most value in your friends?


When do your best ideas occur to you?

When I'm emotional.

If you were to die and come back as a typeface, which would it be?

Akzidenz grotesk

What tool do you use more often than any other?


What books are currently on your nightstand?

The things we don't do - Andrés Neuman
The subtle art of not giving a f*** - Mark Manson
Bauhaus - The Complete Work - Jeannine Fiedler

If you could study with any printer throughout history, who would it be?

I'm not sure...

If you have your own shop, what equipment do you own?

Unfortunately - not there yet.

If you could change one thing about your shop, what would it be?

Make it my own :-)

When and where are you the happiest?

In the mountains by a river or creek, in summertime in the evening.

What is your greatest fear/worry?

Over exposure, under delivery

What do you think is useful about what you make?

It seems to trigger emotions in others (if you consider emotions useful...)

What’s your day job?

I am the head of product for a tech startup in Amsterdam

Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?

No but I like to use and explore unconventional techniques on a press bed.
(haha...I just realised that sounds a bit risqué!)