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 …

Printmaker’s Day

On 15 March 2019 we’ll be open for visitors. Add to this: visitors can have their go and pull a print from movable type on one of the presses. This is to celebrate that printmaking techniques like relief printing, intaglio, letterpress, lithography and others have been awarded cultural heritage status last year on 15 March. There are more than 230 …

Open Studio: March + August

There are two Open Studio events coming up this year!The first will be on 15 March celebrating the first anniversary of artistic printmaking techniques being awarded cultural heritage status in Germany. We’ll be open on the Friday from 3pm to 8pm giving visitors the opportunity to have a go at one of the presses. More on this event and the …

Shakespeare Sonnet 89

William Shakespeare died on April 23rd in 1616. By then, besides his plays, he had written 154 sonnets. In 2016, 400 years after his death, the Centre for the Study of the Book at the Bodleian Library in Oxford called printmakers worldwide to print all of Shakespeare’s sonnets afresh. I consider myself lucky that I was given the opportunity to …

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 …