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.
Dust cover for ‘The Bridge’ pamphlet
‘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.§
A book about the times we live in
The next project…
Some time ago I was wondering…. if Shame was an emotion any of the people who have led us into this dark place ever experienced…
Series of digital pamphlets related to the Megastructure book….
The pamphlets have a written piece contextualising the subject and a map printed on tracing paper… the image is the ‘centre fold’. Dark grey cover and mid grey for the image…
Reading from L-R
The Barbican, the Institute of Education, the Hayward Gallery, the Kingsway Tunnel Ventilation Shaft, the National Theatre…
and below, the Royal College of Physicians, Trellick Tower, the Cathedral of Christ the King, Preston Bus Station and Liverpool Sugar Silo.
Bit of an understatement … Screen printed at Hot Bed Press, Salford and over printed with wooden type at Juniper Press, Liverpool.
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
Cantilevered stairwell from outside
Lights and spiral staircase
Towards the light
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.