Through this blog I hope to share my enthusiasm and passion for anything to do with letters, alphabets, typography, calligraphy, graffiti even. Let’s have some fun!
I live in Australia (I was born in London, UK and lived there until 2004) and will share my collection of printing ephemera and lettering with you. I don’t know where this adventure will take us but it will be interesting.
Me? I have been doing and collecting typography since I was a teenager.
Although I studied archaeology and anthropology at university (and have had a career as a journalist) I was fascinated by lettering and typography from the age of 11. I started printing with a table top Adana press before moving to larger machinery, including a Monotype keyboard and caster and Western proofing press, producing limited edition books.
Discovering the type designs of Eric Gill led me to find out more about his life, which culminated in printing a special edition of one of Gill’s booklets to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his death in 1990. (On my current opinion of Gill see here.)
I studied informally with Richard Kindersley, son of David Kindersley who was a pupil of Gill, and John Skelton, who was Gill’s nephew. I also took calligraphy lessons but soon decided I was more comfortable with a chisel in my hand than a pen.
I turned to letter carving and design in the early 1990s, and also began to experiment with sculptural pieces that include a textual element.
I was elected a Member of the International Society of Typographic Designers (MISTD) in 2004.
Please browse the blog at your leisure – it is fairly random but, I hope, useful if not also entertaining.