How long have you been printing?
Around 1987, when my mother gave my sister and I the Fisher Price printing machine as birthday present. But I guess it doesn't count with rubber letters... 2005 I started with the heavy shit.
Describe your first encounter with letterpress
Obligatory Workshop at the school of Art. I had absolutely no idea about typography. I (thought I) wanted to do only illustrations. But I got completely obsessed with the little pieces of lead.
Where did you learn?
At the printing studio in the KHB (School of Art) in Berlin Weissensee.
Who was your most influential teacher?
The little proofpress I worked with at the KHB. I had to cogitate a lot, to find out how to get the best possible print out of it. I did everything wrong... until I got it right.
What super power would you like to have?
To duplicate myself!! I been working on that for a while... but it is stil not working.
Do you prefer to work alone or with others?
I can't answer that question. I really need both.
What do you most value in your friends?
That they stay my friends, even when we are not seeing each other for quite some time.
When do your best ideas occur to you?
After I finish my print. But it's too late.
If you were to die and come back as a typeface, which would it be?
Super Grotesk (for the name! But also for the type).
What tool do you use more often than any other?
My swiss knife
What books are currently on your nightstand?
The harder they come, T.C. Boyle
If you could study with any printer throughout history, who would it be?
William Blake. The guy was talking to ghost of fleas!!!
If you have your own shop, what equipment do you own?
2 silkscreen tables with the flashing equipment for the screens.
1 little Asbern proofpress 40 × 40 cm.
If you could change one thing about your shop, what would it be?
Be on the ground floor instead of the first floor without elevator. I don’t wanna think of moving all the machines and stuff maybe one day.
When and where are you the happiest?
I can't tell you that!!! Matter of decency.
What is your greatest fear/worry?
That I definitely run out of the magnificent blue printing ink from the GDR.
What do you think is useful about what you make?
I am totally useless. But that's ok.
What’s your day job?
I print, or carve, or draw.
Do you use any other techniques or media besides letterpress?
Silkscreen. Linolschnitt. Drawing.