The Studio in 2007

This year burnishing is again on the menu, so to speak. An elderly lady, a former art and biology teacher gets in touch. While studying in the early post-war years, she made a number of wood etchings, and, due to the lack of paper, she could only print the copies for handing in to her supervisor, never having printed any …

The Studio in 2005

A publishing house/printing office is giving up some of their type cabinets and metal type, in order to make space for a hightech printing machine. Gradually the new place is filling up. I go round measuring, and, yes, with a little reshuffling it can be done. Two members of staff transport the eight type cabinets to my place in a …

Turning Fabric into Book Cloth

In my childhood every now and then little boxes would surface from somewhere, which were in a special way fascinating for me. Inside the boxes there would be delicate fans artistically painted in Chinese style, wooden chopsticks beautifully decorated with mother-of-pearl, or tiny animals carved from jade. The boxes came from the Far East, most likely from China or Japan, …

The Studio in 1999

The 20th century is on its last legs and nearing its end. Letterpress printing using movable type came into use proper by the end of the 15th century – greatly helped by Johannes Gutenberg. During the 1970s it quickly lost its dominance. New printing techniques were quicker, did not need as much space and would involve less staff. Being able …