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 using Paper by WeTransfer.
I’ve lived in Australia since 2004, though am a Londoner by birth and upbringing; studied archaeology and anthropology at Cambridge; had careers as a journalist, stone mason and social worker (in which I am currently employed); and been obsessed with lettering and typography since I was about 11.
I started printing with a table-top Adana as a teenager, before moving to larger machinery, including a Monotype keyboard and caster and Western proofing press, with which I published several limited edition books. Information about these 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 essays to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his death in 1990. (I now abhor Gill the man and direct you to the posts on this for the reason – search by his name.)
I studied informally with Richard Kindersley, son of David Kindersley who was a pupil of Gill, and John Skelton, Gill’s nephew. I also took calligraphy lessons but soon decided I was more comfortable with a chisel in my hand than a nib.
I turned to letter carving and design in the early 1990s, and also began to experiment with sculptural pieces that included a textual element. I ran incisiveart.com for many years in the UK and was commissioned by architects, local authorities and individuals.
Now in my seventh decade, I’m exploring digital art and, in particular, the use of Paper software on my iPad using Apple Pencil. Recently I added Paperlike to the screen of my device.
updated December 2021