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Print is what I am and what I do. I teach on the Art & Design Foundation course at York College, where I look after the Visual Communication specialist area. My personal interest is in anything printed but type in particular. I make works which are printed and have a healthy obsession for beautiful and innovative printing, commercial or otherwise. I also like photography which is printed on lovely papers and surfaces.

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Leeds Print Festival

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I will be blogging loads of interesting print related stuff on the Leeds Print Festival Blog as well as here.
http://www.leedsprintfestival.com/
17th Nov 2011, 19:57   | tags:comments (0)

Andrew Holder Images

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This is the first combined post with Leeds Print Festival. http://www.leedsprintfestival.com/ I first saw Andrew's work in a book called 'Pulled: A Catalogue of Screen Printing' by Mike Parry so when Leeds Print Festival started to take shape I thought I'd try and persuade Andrew to get involved. He's based in LA but has expressed his interest so I'm hoping he can make it or at least let us show some of his work. http://www.andrewholder.net/
17th Nov 2011, 19:51   | tags:,comments (1)

Tents by East of India

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On the one hand, orange cotton tents evoke fond memories of mould, half cooked sausages and coming home with a rash, but on the other they evoke great nostalgia. Properly cared for a canvas tent will outlast a synthetic one and is a more comfortable camping experience as the canvas is breathable. I was an Air Cadet and not a Scout but nevertheless I am still the owner of two orange cotton tents.
The print is also nostalgic. It it probably printed offset litho but it 'says' low fi screen print or even lino cut. The stock is a brown mill board, uncoated and probably tricky to print onto. The lettering is difficult to identify which is frustrating given the distinctive upper case E. It may not be a font of course but it is one of those problems which is reluctant to be solved. The actual tent images may well be clip art but it does not seem to matter. The misery of wet days camping and the joy of sunshine and warmth after the rain is what the card is all about.
20th Feb 2011, 14:24   | tags:comments (0)

Joe Komodos Famous Last Words

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This little volume is hand printed by screen process on hand made paper made from Lokta, a scrub plant from Nepal. It is quite rough and will have been difficult to screen print requiring a course screen and low resolution. It is sold in aid of the Free Tibet Foundation and contains light hearted words of wisdom from its author, some political other not. Of particular note is the entry about the Panchen Lama. Its hand made aesthetic is consistent throughout even when type has been used. he book also smells interesting. It is not the lovely ink and paper smell of fresh printing but something else, exotic, incense perhaps and rubber. A precious little volume.
10th Oct 2010, 22:12   | tags:,comments (0)

Abram Games

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It seems like a long time ago that I went to Dean Clough in Halifax to see an exhibition of Abram Games' work. A friend is a friend of his daughter Naomi and Invited us to the private viewwhere we all met up. His work is absolutely beautiful and so evocative of the eras for which it was designed. He could draw, use type but appears to have made all his work to the ethos "Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means" which is as sound a philosophy for graphic designers as I ever heard. The second image is from the inside cover of the book which accompanies the exhibition and demonstrates the practice of trying and idea over and over until it is right, something which young designers have to liberate themselves into doing. I am hoping to see Abram's work at the college at some point and to listen to Naomi talk about her father.
10th Oct 2010, 21:50   | tags:,comments (1)

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At first I was uncertain about putting a book on my blog because, well its not a book review blog but there are a few reasons why this one gets in. It is printed media after all but the main reason I want to talk about it is because of the Munsell colour system. (The Wikipedia entry is pretty good http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Munsell_color_system) It is also a brilliant read and incredibly imaginative.
Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde contains totalitarianism, hegemony, a distopian future, revolution and an awful, deadly secret. The world seems familiar but has changed fundamentally, colour being the structure on which society and hierarchy are founded. Edward Russet is a conformist with a predicted high perception of red who meets a 'grey' named Jane, is eaten by a plant twice and is shown the secrets of the 'perpetulite' road system. Excellent. The nearest thing I've read to it is either Brave New World or 1984.
My copy is slip cased and signed. The paper stock is cheap rubbish however, which is a shame in a case bound. It does not stop me looking forward to the next two though. I can't wait. Some estimates say 2014!
http://www.jasperfforde.com/grey/grey1.html

22nd Aug 2010, 20:51   | tags:comments (1)

The Lino Bird

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These images are of a concertina book by Linda M Farqhuarson. It contains eleven black printed lino cuts depicting the life cycle of a bird of no particular species and is beautifully printed on Somerset Satin. This one is number sixty out of seventy five. It has a slip case which is covered with an ink jet printed leafy motif, matching some of the imagery of the lino print. It is a gorgeous object to hold and look through. The paper has been joined once leaving the beginning and end papers with the deckle. There were coloured versions available when this one was purchased at Castle Gallery, Inverness but they were much more expensive. The printing is beautifully crisp and the images line up page by page just about perfectly through the book. Farqhuarson studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone and her biog mentions her restored Columbian Press on which this edition was printed. A print to indulge in and treasure.
6th Jun 2010, 15:03   | tags:comments (1)

The Lino Bird

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These images are of a concertina book by Linda M Farqhuarson. It contains eleven black printed lino cuts depicting the life cycle of a bird of no particular species and is beautifully printed on Somerset Satin. This one is number sixty out of seventy five. It has a slip case which is covered with an ink jet printed leafy motif, matching some of the imagery of the lino print. It is a gorgeous object to hold and look through. The paper has been joined once leaving the beginning and end papers with the deckle. There were coloured versions available when this one was purchased at Castle Gallery, Inverness but they were much more expensive. The printing is beautifully crisp and the images line up page by page just about perfectly through the book. Farqhuarson studied Illustration and Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone and her biog mentions her restored Columbian Press on which this edition was printed. A print to indulge in and treasure.
6th Jun 2010, 15:00   | tags:comments (2)