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.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Tea & a chat

The quote is by Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro. In the story this quote comes from, the speaker is eating brown bread & butter with caviar to accompany her tea. Sounds delicious!
The lino cut capital T/Tuscan Egyptian type is printed in ink I made with PG Tips. I printed on Japanese Gampi Smooth paper, so maybe next time I should move up-market & try making ink with Sencha Japanese green tea.

Wednesday, 1 October 2014


This wonderful coloured & ornamental Clarendon type was produced by William H Page & Co. who were designers and manufacturers of wood type. They were based in Norwich, Connecticut & eventually became part of the huge Hamilton type business in Wisconsin. This image comes from The Public Domain Review which is a fantastic resource of all sorts of images, animation, photos etc.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Typing on a leaf

Wonderful typewriter workshop at the Museum in the Park in Stroud yesterday, playing on machines old and very old, creating typewriter art & poetry, or just recording random thoughts. We also performed a typewriter musical composition (which was recorded live) using the fantastic sounds generated by the machines in action. Forgot how hard you need to stab at typewriter keys.
I ended up typing on leaves. It will be interesting to see what happens as the leaves dry.
Thank you to Andrew Morrison for organising the event.

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


2 days of letterpress at LENvention2 (see in Cheltenham, making a book inspired by a beautiful poem written by Elizabeth Willow entitled 'Because' about the why of letterpress. This poem plays magically with the terminology & sometimes obscure vocabulary of letterpress. The construction of the book was devised by Rachel Marsh.

We were each given 2 lines from the poem to work with. My lines were:

Because of winters and coffins and slugs

Because each page is a poem

Good to work collaboratively and to start and (almost) finish a project from scratch in 2 days.