Nothing is new… George Orwell’s observations now seem prescient of our times…
All the pages were printed at Silver Birch Press on a Vandercook press. They were sewn by hand and trimmed at Thomas Loughlan in Liverpool.
I screen printed the front cover at Hot Bed Press and the text is Gill Drop Shadow.
The wrapper is printed with a simple red Gill ‘O’.
The Lino cuts for the book
Situated in Bexhill, East Sussex, the De La Warr Pavilion was one of the first Modernist structures to be built in Britain. It was designed by Serge Chermayeff and Erich Mendelsohn and opened in 1935.
This book was created for an exhibition celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in April 2018.
It was printed by letterpress in a limited edition of 15 copies at Juniper Press, Bluecoat, Liverpool. It was hand set in 12 point Bembo (Roman and Italic) and printed on 250gsm Fabriano Unica paper which was digitally printed and ripped to size.
The hard cover was hand made using book cloth and Nepalese Batik Rustic paper and bound using Japanese stab binding. The dust jacket screen printed at Hot Bed Press, Salford.
This book was finished in early 2018. It was printed by letterpress in a limited edition of 25 copies at Juniper Press, Bluecoat, Liverpool. It was printed on Victorian hand-presses on loan from National Museums , Liverpool.
The text was hand set in 12 point Caslon and printed on 170gsm Zerkall paper.
The lino cut illustrations were created and printed 20 gsm Gampi Silk paper.
The cover was created and printed digitally on 270gsm Colorplan paper and the text was hand set in 22 point Caslon.
It was sewn and bound by hand.
First book… set in 10 point Gill Sans.Screen printed cover. Sewn and bound by hand.
Original lino prints printed on Japanese Gampi Silk 20 gsm paper
Original photographs used for the illustrations for the book Megastructures: Brutalist Buildings in Britain. Printed in an edition 25 copies. Hand set letterpress text printed on 150gsm Wild White paper with 12 lino cut illustrations printed on 12 gsm Japanese paper. Cover and end papers screen printed. Hand sewn and bound. Printed at Juniper Press and the Bluecoat, Liverpool in 2016.
Preston Bus Station 2015.
I undertook a short placement with In Certain Places at the University of Central Lancashire. At the time the battle to save Preston Bus Station was raging and the Bus Station subsequently became the subject of a small book – Magastructure.
The upper postcard features a still from my favourite film ‘Bladerunner’. The reverse is a quote from Orwell’s 1984 which seems really prescient now given that all our information is now being scrutinized by GCHQ. We seem powerless – or have given away our right to privacy because we just don’t care enough to be outraged.
I drew the typewriter in the lower image – I used to have a typewriter like this ages ago and love the technology. I read that in the light of all conversations and e mails being intercepted, that the Germans were thinking of going back to using typewriters. The words….. We really do need a free press but its hard with the likes of the Daily Mail- just making stuff up!
Two more postcards. I took Delacroix’s ‘Liberty Leading the People’ and used it as a silhouette. I can’t remember where the quote comes from on the back. I created the lower postcard by writing out, in my own hand, the Declaration of Human Rights. (Seemed like we needed to be reminded of these in the current climate.) The quote on the reverse is by Steve McQueen when he was being interviewed on the release of his film ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ – wonderful , shaming film. We saw his work in Basel last year – very inspirational.