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 …

Posito …

“Posito … Collected Spoils” is a brand new series of 10 brochures ready for the Hamburg book fair on 15-17 February 2019. Each brochure comes with one text neatly sewn with pamphlet stitch. All brochures differ in colour. Here are the first teasers – come to Hamburg and see yourself: BuchDruckKunst in Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg Barmbek:15-17 February 2019Bespoke works …

Woods in Winter

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow „Woods in Winter“, published in 2014, is a book completely in English. It is a pamphlet stitch book with two linocuts and a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow printed on deckled edge papers. As the poem focuses on winter, the book is kept mainly in cold colours like whites and blues. The endpaper is a sheet of …

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 …

Where the Red Poppies Dance

When living in England as a one year overseas student in 1984/85 I had met with the tradition of Remembrance Day for the very first time. I was touched by the way how the consequences of war were dealt with and also by the scale of it. It left me impressed and thoughtful. Years later I came across the folksong …

Meine Worte fallen wie Steine

My Words Come Crashing Down Like Stones. This book is entirely typographic. Also, it is of a very experimental sort of typography. Contrary to that typography originally is supposed to aid and support reading and understanding the text, here typography impedes reading, it disrupts and interferes with understanding. This specific typography wants to make aware of our preoccupations. It wants …

Menschen Würde Rechte

In 2005 I chose a number of articles from the Declaration of Human Rights and made an exclusively typographic book. There was only one fount I could think of using for this book: Futura, as austere as beautiful. I wanted this book to be special in a number of aspects. I wanted its character to mirror the long-term validity of …