The messy drawer, the one that contains all the unidentified and incomplete type
Took part in: 2017, 2018, and 2019
1990: first body print (probably)
2007-2011: first class BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art Printmaking
2014: first letterpress print
I used to go to an art class every Saturday at Peacock Printmakers, in Aberdeen, Scotland, starting around 8 years old. The workshop mostly produced editions with/for professional printmakers and artists, in screenprint, stone lithography, and intaglio printmaking. Us kids would be in the workshop at the same time, throwing paint around and flinging artistically decorated paper aeroplanes from the balcony. In the corner, there quietly stood a proud Columbian Press, usually untouched. I remember well, one magical morning, someone came in to letterpress print someone’s wedding invitations. Drawers of type appeared from a previously unexplored cabinet and the whole thing was very exciting.
I learned printmaking at Gray’s School of Art in Scotland. Whilst we didn’t do any letterpress there, much of what I learned there helps me when letterpress printing. I learned letterpress from Nestor and from trial and error, at Labora workshops (labora.ee), in Tallinn, where I print today and continue to learn. I also learned loads from fellow letterpress workers in Milan last year!
I guess they’d all come with unexpected negative consequences. I like the thought of being able to turn into an animal, perhaps a dog or a shark. As a vegetarian, I’d have to be able to turn back into a human again, whenever I got hungry.
It depends on the mood and the project. I really like to do both.
In the shower.
I’d be in the messy drawer, the one that contains all the unidentified and incomplete type.
Bauman, Z. (1992) Mortality, immortality, and other life strategies. Cambridge: Polity Press
Chidester, D. (1990) Patterns of transcendence: religion, death, and dying. Belmont, Wadsworth.
Davies, D. J. (2002) Death, Ritual and Belief. New York: Continuum.
Lewis, J. R. (1995) The Gods Have Landed: New religions from other worlds. Albany: State University of New York Press.
Palmer, S. J. (2004) Aliens Adored: Rael’s UFO Religion. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press.
Partridge, C. (ed.) (2003) UFO Religions. London: Routledge.
Partridge, C. (2015) Mortality and Music: popular music and the awareness of death. London: Bloomsbury.
….I’m studying for an MA degree in Death, Religion and Culture.
Maybe Gong Xuanxuan with his magical jade block.
I’m part of a small team, Labora. We have:
Korrex Nürnberg (1972)
Heidelberg Windmill Redball (1967)
Soviet platen press which we use for diecutting
FAG Standard 510 – currently being renovated
Korrex Stuttgart (1964) – currently being renovated
Korrex Hannover (1953) – currently being renovated
Small galley proof press
We also have the equipment for making our own handmade paper, which we regularly print on.
On my bike.
Dementia / war
Letterpress printer at Labora.
Linocut, screenprint, lithography, monoprint, drawing, installation, performance, sound…