There is nothing else
Took part in: 2018 and 2019
Buying Shellac’s ‘At Action Park’ LP in 1994 – all printed by letterpress by (the now defunct) Fireproof Press in Chicago, Illinois. In 2016 I met John Upchurch, co-owner of Fireproof, and he told me the story of how they printed the album. It’s insane.
I was taught by Graham Moss (of Incline Press) at Hot Bed Press, an open access community printmakers’ studio in Salford.
For letterpress, Graham Moss. At school, the English teacher who introduced a class of thirteen year olds to the poetry of e e cummings. Thanks for that.
Both have their pros and cons.
A strong appreciation of sarcasm.
In the shower, on overnight trains and at the top of the hill opposite my studio.
Something tall and condensed, naturally.
Pica pole / line gauge.
James Kelman – The Burn
Hansjörg Mayer – Typo
Hamja Ahsan – Shy Radicals: The Antisystemic Politics of the Militant Introvert
GW Sok – Why Can’t We Be Happy All The Time
Derek Jarman’s diaries
That’s Not My Frog/Tiger/Tractor/etc.
Ken Campbell while he was making ‘Firedogs’ (1991). Or Bruce Licher in the mid 1980s.
Eickhoff BS1 cylinder proof press
Vandercook ‘0’ tabletop proof press
Squintani no. 2 platen press
Creaser, cutter, type etc
Space for just one more case of type. Just the one, mind.
Now – there is nothing else.
I have a 15 month old daughter, so, you know, THE FUTURE.
Assuming this means “how do you make money?”, since I went freelance in 2012 I’ve earnt money from:
Selling my work, taking on commissions, teaching letterpress, undertaking artist residencies, invigilating exams and tour managing/driving bands around Europe. Plus I sold some old guitars and a kidney.
Carbon paper monotypes. Plus, I make music.