Earliest Spring

William Dean Howells was a US-American author who lived from 1837 to 1920. He wrote this bespoke seasonal poem starting off with dramatic words of ruthless deathly winter, while then gliding into a warm and vibrant ode to life, that has never ended or surrendered, but was just waiting out the hard times patiently and confidently. The artist’s book is …

Manarah 1: A Divan of War

„Manarah“ is a term of Arabic origin. It means lighthouse or signpost. I have chosen this term for my series of magazine-like artist’s books. Each issue or volume in this series is meant to be a place shedding light in the sense that it offers orientation. Each issue covers one topic. The topic of issue No 1 is „War“. It …

Manarah 2: A Divan of Time

„Manarah“ is a term of Arabic origin. It means lighthouse or signpost. I have chosen this term for my series of magazine-like artist’s books. Each issue or volume in this series is meant to be a place shedding light in the sense that it offers orientation. Each issue covers one topic. The topic of issue 2 is „Time“. The nine …

A farm full of books and a barn filled with stories!

In 1999 I started making books in my own studio. What I had at the time was one proofing press and some metal type and a lot of enthusiasm. I went to a number of bookbinding classes. Two decades on from then I have two proofing presses, a number of smaller platen presses, some estimated 10 tons of metal type …

Woods in Winter

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was an US-American author and one of the so-called „Fireside Poets“ located in New England. They were very popular writers in their time with people tending to read them by the fireside, hence the name of the group. The writers were, apart from Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, John Greenleaf Whittier, James Russel Lowell and Oliver Wendell Holmes …

Manarah: The first three issues

Manarah is an old Arabic word for ‘lighthouse’, a place of light to help those on a voyage find their way. Later the word developed into ‘minaret’ – which is the tower of a mosque. I found out about this a few years ago whilst doing research on this topic. The Swiss populace had just voted not to allow the …

BuchDruckKunst 2019

BuchDruckKunst: the fair presenting bespoke artist’s books and works of print. More than 50 atists showcase their works of art made using traditional, new and experimental printmaking techniques, calligraphy and whatever is related to the book arts. As always along with the fair the museum’s workplaces are open and working. The Fork and Broom Press will be there presenting its …

Manarah 4: Wind

Wind is a constant force in the region where we relocated to in 2016. It can come as a gentle breeze or as gale force gusts. It can make rain literally hammer against the windows, and it will – without mercy – blow the garden’s plants to pieces be it roses or hydrangeas or ornamental grasses. Sometimes it even makes …

Oxford Fine Press Book Fair 2018

The first book made entirely at the new place I moved to in 2016 will be on the table at Oxford Fine Press Book Fair. Open at Kassam Stadium, Grenoble Road, Oxford, OX4 4XP Saturday 24 March 2018 from 11AM to 6PM Sunday 25 March 2018 from 10AM to 5PM Find all exhibitors in the Conference & Events Centre. Expect …