The Studio in 2024

Our time travel draws to an end, we have arrived at our destination: the here & now, the year 2024. Many a situation cannot be pinned to one particular year anymore. In the early days master lithographer and colleague Hans Ulrich passed on a type case to me containing Garamond. It had been saved from a place that had been …

25 Years of Printmaking: the Exhibition

The barn next to the printmaking studio in Oppenwehe will turn itself into this bespoke gallery space again and art work from the past 25 years of printmaking will be on show: woodcuts, linoprints, broadsheets and artist‘s books. The historic printing press will be ready for printing and all visitors can have a go at inking and printing, getting a …

The Studio in 2006

It is the year of the Second International Biennale for the Artist‘s Book at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Egypt. My work „MenschenWürdeRechte“ is being accepted and will become part of the famous library. On a wonderful trip to the iconic North of Scotland in summer we visit the famous old bridge in Carrbridge, which will be one of the images …

On Strawboard and Spiderglassine

Paper is an ever so versatile material. Basically it is made from plant fibre. In Europe we can use linen, hemp, stinging nettles and cellulose from wood chips. Even asparagus peel and straw can be made into paper. Elsewhere on this planet other plants will be chosen. The underlying principle is the same: while taken from the mould the fibres …

The Studio in 2004

In February the studio starts moving. At the time we thought it to be the Big Move, obviously not knowing that in 2016 moving would be on a much bigger scale. We consider ourselves lucky in that the company that had produced the KORREX printing press, Simmel in Pforzheim, got us in touch with a former member of staff. 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 2001

Over the period from 2001 to 2003 my husband and I will be casting three typefaces on Heiner Buser‘s Monotype machines at his Greno printing office. The first to be cast is 10pt Baskerville. Casting type ourselves comes with the option of having a greater amount of type on stock – for longer texts, that is for books. The font …

The Studio in 2000

A printing office in the region of Allgäu near the German parts of the Alps needs to get rid of part of its letterpress equipment including metal type. The town is just a one and a half hour’s car drive away from where the studio is. I spend one day sorting the metal type from various cabinets into the ones …

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 …