The Dock Road Liverpool

During the pandemic we all walked…

This was a derive along the Dock Road in Liverpool. The Dock Road as it exists today is mostly down to Jesse Hartley who was the Dock Engineer between 1824 and 1860. He built many of the docks still in existence today including the Brunswick, Waterloo, Victoria, Stanley and the Bramley Moore Dock which is the site of the new Everton Football Stadium.

There are many Grade two listed buildings along its seven mile stretch…the Herculaneum steps, the Carriage Ramps and Steps that led to a bridge over the Cheshire Lines Railway, the Hydraulic Station at Toxteth Dock, the Customs Depot, the Gatekeeper’s Lodge and Hydraulic Tower at Wapping, Mann Island Pumping Station, George’s Dock Ventilation and Control Tower.. to name a few.

This project took up most of a year but was ultimately abandoned…

Pandemic 2019/2020

During this past year making work has been a real challenge not least because being creative in isolation is like working in the dark… but it did give time…lots of time.

One of the pieces I made was for the Oxford Guild of Printers to distribute to the members.

Backlash

I created a book…Backlash in response to the killing of George Floyd. The title comes from the Backlash Blues sung by Nina Simone.

It was originally a poem by Langston Hughes who was a writer, playwright and poet at the heart of the Harlem renaissance during the 1960s.

Typeset in 48point Univers, black ink on black paper. Thermographed.
Langston Hughes…Lino cut printed on 25gsm Mulberry paper.
Nina Simone

A2 Broadsides

My colleague at Juniper press, Ken Burnley secured the long term  stewardship of the Columbian press that sat in the Liverpool Echo and Daily Post building in Liverpool and this was subsequently moved to  the new Museum of Printing in  Birkenhead.

I resolved to make some large scale work in order to  use the press and conceived of these pieces:

Everything is Connected has a hand drawn screen printed background, the imagery coming from all over, including diverse flora and fauna, birds, historical figures, art works and artists.

The backgrounds to the  two Wild in the Country broadside are taken from my photographs off trees developed into screen prints.EVERYTHINGWILD 1WILD 2

I couldn’t make up mind which of the two tree images I preferred so I decided to print both of them.

All the broadsides are A2 size and are printed on Hairy Manilla recycled paper.

Things Fall apart

 

… Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

……..

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Tree

Under lockdown I made this book. The images here are pages which are overlaid with text. There are pp 13 in all. The text has been hand set in 12 point Caslon and printed on 25 gsm Kozo paper. They were printed on an Adana 8×5 Printing Press.

My original photographs were digitally printed. The book has a hard back cover and was sewn and bound by hand using a Japanese stab binding.

 

https://vimeo.com/424116485

 

Tree

Pages with overlaid texts.

Working with Rufford Printing Co.

The Bridge.

I wanted to liase with a commercial printer and was offered the chance to do so by Brian Smith of Rufford Printing Co. Brian has been a printer for 50 years. Apart from running a successful and ongoing affair he has a love for traditional type and original presses.  The workshop has many original machines:  a Heidelberg Press, an Intertype Machine, an Arab press and a Vandercook 4C Proofing Press in addition to numerous Adana 8×5 presses.

I created 50 copies of this pamphlet based on the Bascule Bridge on the Dock Road in Liverpool  – a well known land mark in the city. The pamphlet consists of pp 12. There are two original Linocut prints printed on 25gsm Kozo paper which have been  tipped in. The text was hand set in 12 point Caslon and is printed on 170 gsm  Zerkall paper. It was printed on the Vandercook 4c Proofing Press.

The pocket was screen printed at Hot Bed Press, Salford. The whole was sewn, bound and created by hand.

 

Darklands revisited

This  little book was printed last year as the final work to come out of Juniper.The type is hand set in 10 point Gill Bold and my original photographs to accompany the text are tipped in. The front cover has been created using thermographic powder (which has the effect of raising the text)  and was printed on 170gsm Zerkall paper. The dust jacket was printed at Hot Bed Press in Salford and the book was sewn and bound by hand. It was printed on a Stephenson Blake  Proofing Press. darklands9darklands10darklands 6darklands5darklands3darklands11

Revisiting Darklands

Darklands :

‘The winter was hard to endure, bringing melancholy and anxiety. ‘Where are we going?’ I asked myself. And its not clear. Greed, exploitation and over consumption are all around. The pace of technological change goes ever faster, leading us into the unknown.

I fear that man’s capacity for hubristic overreach is killing him’

§ It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness… it was the winter of despair.§

Charles Dickens

A book about the times we live in

The next project…