„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 …

OGP Ephemera 2021

Oxford Guild of Printers Ephemera 2021: The Abecedarium The Fork and Broom Press‘ contribution for the OGP‘s Abecedarium was a print for the letter Q. I chose the text about the quarantine flag used to signal a vessel being free of disease. On the reverse of the sheet a frame of Q‘s shows the diversity in design there is in …

Printmaker’s Day: Presenting the New Books

Printmaker‘s Day is the anniversary of classical printmaking techniques having been given the status of immaterial cultural heritage in Germany. This happend on 15 March 2018. Printmaker‘s Day at The Fork and Broom Press is the day to present all artist‘s books that have been published since the previous Printmaker‘s Day. With last year’s event having to be cancelled this …

Manarah 4: Wind

Wind is an almost constant force in the place we moved to in 2016. Sometimes it is just a soft breeze, sometimes it is gale force gusts. It will blow roses and hyrangeas and young climbinf beans to pieces at times and make rain drift past the windows almost horizontally. It will make itself heard when howling around the corners of the old brick farmhouse. During …

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 …

Manarah 3: A Divan of Love

„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. Issue 3 is all about Love. It comes with …