Communicate ideas, start conversations and stimulate debate
Took part in: 2017, 2018, and 2019
I first encountered letterpress printing during my undergraduate degree at Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne. I was shown the basics in setting type and how to operate a press. I found the physicality of the process fascinating.
Leeds, Newcastle upon Tyne and Amsterdam.
Thomas Gravemaker introduced me to the world of European letterpress and Druckkunst. It was during a workshop with him that I decided to submerge myself in letterpress, as a researcher, educator and practitioner.
Teleportation, allowing me to travel the world and visit more printers.
I like to collaborate with others and work individually, but towards a shared goal.
Perspective, support, encouragement and humour.
In the bath with a bottle of wine.
Univers 59 Ultra Condensed, because it is simple but does a lot in a small space.
A Fortunate Man, John Berger
How to Live: A Life of Montaigne, Sarah Bakewell.
Benjamin Franklin. He lived in an amazing time and I would have loved to have been involved with pamphleteering and to document the political aspirations of the newly emerging nations in the Americas.
A modern A2 galley press and 30 odd cases of type. I also have a cropper press and an Eickhoff 2BS, both waiting to be refurbished.
More space and a glamorous assistant!
Fly fishing on a river in Northumberland.
That youth and enthusiasm is always overcome by old age and cunning.
It can communicate ideas, start conversations and stimulate debate.
I teach Graphic Design and undertake research at Northumbria University.
Occasionally I use other forms of relief printing and some intaglio.