Friday, 5 June 2015

Every cloud

My last postcard printed on the Vandercook SP15 in the UWE (University of the West of England) Print Centre before the building is demolished, and the print department moves home on the campus, & I finish my Multi-Disciplinary Printmaking MA.

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Letterpress post card production line

From setting to production line: Printing on the Vandercook SP15 is an addictive pleasure.
The metal type (30 & 72 point) is Halley, I think, but can't find any reference to it online.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Rain storm in an L

The texture of wooden type is beautifully captured by printing on Japanese paper. It's Tosa Shi/Shia in this instance. There's a rain storm in full swing.

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Spoon printing

Printing wooden type on to heavy (450gsm) paper, I wanted a solid ink coverage & discovered that rather than printing using the press, it was more effective to hand-burnish the type using a wooden spoon. Hand-burnishing also enables you to incorporate an element of drawing in to the print as you decide how to press the spoon on to the paper. The paper has to be damp, & I locked the type in place on the press bed using strong magnets.
Here is the type after printing. It was a first for the 'V' which I had made out of hard wood (sapele) using a CNC router at UWE (University of the West of England) having made an Illustrator eps file of the letter form. The V is 316mm tall.

Monday, 27 April 2015

Solvitur Ambulando

A literal translation of the latin phrase 'solvitur ambulando' (attributed to St Jerome) would be, 'it is solved by walking.' Go for a walk, and everything seems easier. Solvitur Ambulando has become a theme in my current work & an injunction to myself to get out and walk more.

This letterpress collage image was exhibited at The Museum in the Park in Stroud in September 2014 in a show called The Art of Walking. The exhibition was part of the Laurie Lee centenary celebrations, so the map in my piece centres on Lee's home village of Slad & The Woolpack Inn.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Screen Dreams

Letterpress, stitch and bleach. Image for the Stroud 2015 Film Festival.
Wooden letterpress printed black on black paper, with added stitch & typewriter text, then Quink Ink and bleach poured over the top. The bleach revealed the letterpress text hidden in the black-on-black initial printing.

Monday, 10 November 2014

My 2014 Indulgence

On November 2nd I walked from Purgatory to Paradise with Ali Kayley & Dan Glaister & Walking the Land.
Purgatory is a small copse near Fennels Farm on the way to Bisley, Gloucestershire, and Paradise is a hamlet just after Painswick, on the A46 heading for Cheltenham. We started out under grey cloud, & headed into showers, to end our walk with a Paradise picnic, where ofcourse, we were blessed with warm sunshine. On completion of the walk Ali & Dan gave us a personalised Indulgence, letterpress printed by Stawberry Press in Moreton-in-Marsh on the occasion of their first Purgatory to Paradise walk.