Through this blog I share my enthusiasm and passion for anything to do with letters, alphabets, typography, calligraphy, graffiti and so on.
I live in Australia, though a Londoner by birth and upbringing, studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge, had careers as a journalist and social worker and been obsessed by lettering and typography since 11. 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.
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. 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 but lapsed in 2014.
Don’t forget to view my sculptural work too.