The Studio in 2012

It is the end of winter and I am driving my husband Günter to Westphalia, where he will be based for work from now on. He will live near Münster and we are up for a long distance relationship (500 kilometres), until a new home can be found. We will move house and studio, hopefully in the not too distant …

The Compositor is a Gardener

and Typography is Interpretation. The gardener plants trees and shrubs, perennials and summer flowers, giving each their respective placing, so every single one can have their specific effect over the course of the year. He makes a strictly planned garden come into existence with straight lines and borders, or a romantic garden with curving edges flowing into bespoke corners. He …

The Studio in 2002

My husband and I continue to travel to Heiner Buser for casting our own type on his Monotype machines. Additionally there is more used metal type coming in, amongst it Reporter, a brush stroke style, Amati and more of Mistral. The latter counts as a script-and-brush style and is rather special. The lower case specimens are tricky to identify. The …

9. Biennale Buchkunst Weimar

Save the date! 9. Biennale Buchkunst Weimar will be held from 6-8 December 2024 in Seminargebäude in Congresscentrum Neue Weimarhalle in Weimar Good old Shakespeare will be in wraps again (because it is winter), but all the lovely books and prints will be on show! And The Fork and Broom Press will have its new art work on the table. …

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 …

Giving Diversity a Home: The Quince

„Giving Diversity a Home!“ is the motto of a new series of small-size books and prints published in limited editions. All are printed letterpress with original prints e. g. linocuts. Every book title is a portrait of one species of either plant or animal, and aimes to help establish a „forever home“ for the respective species in our gardens. Some …

Journey/wo/man in letterpress 2023

The scheme to train in the craft of letterpress and how to work with metal type as a jounreywoman or journeyman. 20 letterpress places to choose from in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Call for participants:Dead line for your application for season 2023 is 1 October 2022 – details and application: Verein für die Schwarze Kunst.

„Journeyman Years“ in Letterpress

The journeyman years (Wanderjahre) is a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages. After completing their apprenticeship craftsmen went on a journey of working lasting three years and one day. This way of additional training was widespread in crafts like roofing and carpentery but also in the visual arts like masonry, painting and in goldsmiths. These artistic jounrmeymen made a …

BuchDruckKunst 2022

The „BuchDruckKunst“ fair runs from 1 to 3 April this year. As always during fair times the museum‘s dedicated volunteers show how work is done on the old printing presses and visitors will be able to see how lithography, intaglio and letterpress techniques work. Type casting and paper making are on show, too. Some 60 exhibitors on two floors of …