Through this blog I share my enthusiasm and passion for anything to do with letters, alphabets, typography, calligraphy, graffiti and so on. Since January 2021, however, I have put type aside to type fictionally and to share drawings created on my iPad.
I’ve lived in Australia since 2004, though a Londoner by birth and upbringing; studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge; had careers as a journalist and social worker (in which I am currently employed) and been obsessed by lettering and typography since 11. I am now (2021) a part-time PhD candidate through Flinders University, Adelaide.
I started printing with a table top Adana before moving to larger machinery, including a Monotype keyboard and caster and Western proofing press, publishing limited edition books. All of this can be found on the blog by searching for the Beeches Press.
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 his booklets to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his death in 1990. (I now eschew Gill and direct you to the posts for the reason.)
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.
Now in my seventh decade I’m exploring digital art, and in particular the use of Paper software on my iPad and Apple Pencil.
updated July 2021