This is the title page of the Alphabetarium printed in February 2019. The background is a text by William Morris and the letters are formed by masking the type. Only 10 copies were printed as the letters are quite difficult to print.
I’ve designed and printed an Oak tree which has two versions, one with spring leaves and a second with autumn foliage. The text is about oaks in general, or some with the song “Hearts of Oak”.
Sycamores continue the theme of magnificent English Trees.
I am at present printing the English version of The Ash Grove. This compliments the Welsh card which I did earlier. This time a second colour – yellow – has been added to the leaves.
I have just sent off my contribution to the British Printing Society. This is a pattern of ink blots, known as the Roaschach ink blot test.
This year I went to stay in Venice for 4 weeks and printed at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica. This was my third opportunity to use their wonderful collection of presses. I used a lithography press to print an Abecedarium with 26 views of Venice. It will be very different from the first book printed there in 2014. My task now is to print the text about each view on their reverses.
Ideas keep flowing about Venetian pavements. Come back for a series of pictures showing how this is progressing.
Today 23 September, I have completed printing my miniature book “The Curious Tale of Thomas Daumen”.
This short story by Terry Crockford was written specialy for me and my press. It is illustrated by collages and linocuts in several colours. It is ready for the binder and will be on view at the Oxford Fine Press Fair at the end of October. Nine months gestation and now for the birthing! This reminds me of my medical career.