Order yet chaos, rationality yet creativity
Took part in: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019
An immediate sense of affinity with a room which suggested order yet chaos, rationality yet creativity – the letterpress department at college.
I am still learning
It was a privilege to be taught letter-cutting by Eric Gill’s nephew John Skelton
It would be very useful to have my own familiar or daemon to do wash-ups for me.
I tend to work on my own, but I do value collaboration – the process of working with someone else always creates a synergy which produces interesting results.
Intelligence, a sense of social justice, sincerity, humour, creativity and a damned fine type collection
On my bicycle
I wouldn’t come back as a typeface, I’d come back as spacing material – eternal, indispensable, useful, not prone to trend or fashion – the unsung hero of typesetting; but if I was pushed for an answer then currently it would be Bodoni.
Giro 100: a history of the Giro d’Italia
Wolf Hall, Hilary Mantell
Landmarks, Robert MacFarlane
A commentary on the ‘Cimelio’ of G.B Bodoni
Now that’s another tricky one – the ornamental style of PS Fournier Le Jeune or the Neo Classicism of Bodoni – the jury is still out…
Vandercook SP15, Harrild Imperial Octavo Platen, 2 Cast Iron Guillotines, Cast Iron Paper Folder, Cast Iron Board Shears, Paper drill, Bookbinders Nipping Press…
Treble the space to have all my printing equipment in one room would be very handsome.
On my bicycle of course!
I think we have reached a very critical time in human history – a perfect storm of climate change, of inequality in material wealth, of irrational barbarism and of conservative populism – maintained and encouraged by the dark forces of a wealthy elite to the detriment of the planet.
I would like to think I make prints which might entertain, aesthetically please or provoke thought in those that look at them.
I’m rather partial to stone-carving and cutting letters in stone