Took part in: 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2019
As an apprentice paper conservator I was able to go to college on day release to study printmaking. In 1972 my Tutor at the time had a letterpress studio and I worked weekends and one night a week editioning for him both woodcuts, linocuts, woodengravings and letterpress works.
I M Imprimit the Private Press of Ian Mortimer
I worked part-time for the press for 14 years, 6 years were spent printing letterpress all the typography for Alecto Historical editions. Bank’s Florelgium followed by Audubon’s Birds of America, and many other productions.
I left I.M.Imprimit In 1986 and set up New North Press in New North Road, London and also ran a letterpress studio for Stoneman Graphics in Covent Garden. We moved to Coronet Street in 1992/3 and I was joined by Richard Ardagh in 2008 and Beatrice Bless in 2010 before becoming a partnership, which is our current status.
I’m still learning!
The ability to stay young
I am very happy working with others, I work with 7 paper conservators in my conservation business and two partners in New North Press
Honesty, dedication, a sense of humour and a love of life.
I’m thinking of ideas all the time, it is putting them in to practice that is hard.
Condensed San serif No 5
A type scale and The Albion Printing Press
Transitional Faces, The lives and work of Richard Austin, type cutter, & Richard Turner Austin wood engraver, written by Alastair M. Johnston, published by the Poltroon Press.
As above, currently Richard Austin, although he was a punch cutter his links with the trade were vital and as a type designer in the early days of the industrial Revolution It would be great to go back to see London at that time.
I am currently repairing my own copy of the 1838 Specimen of the Austin Types
1 Columbian Press, 2 Albion Presses, 2 adanas, 2 proof press, over 700 individual wood and metal typefaces
Desperate for more space
With family and friends then at my workshop
I’m not usually worried or fearfull of anything
What is useful? tricky question, I hope that the work we do gives pleasure, satisfies customers, is creative and interesting.