Dennis and Joanne from
When did you start letterpress printing?:
1964 as an apprentice later as fine arts
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
The joy of working with real materials, ink, paper, hand and pedal!
What inspires you?:
The joy of the process. After a beginning in a total industrial environment, watching letterpress (as I always proudly thought it would!) transform into a desirable, sustainable art/craft that sustains us aesthetically, personally and of course gives us a living, too. I love looking at all the work coming out now all over the world.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
We print with two Chandler and Price platens, a heidelberg platen 10x15, and two 8x5 Adana platens, which we take to markets etc. Each has a job to do.
How would you describe your artwork?:
We work with type and with original Linocuts which Joanne cuts. Its concerned with the experience of living in a forest and giving imagery of our forest friends in print. We feature animals that live on the fringe in our postmodern world - but essential friends in our eyes.
What kind of products do you create?:
We make cards and bookmarks and small items like single sheet poems etc.
Do you offer custom work?:
Where can we buy your products?:
from markets gallerys and blogs
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
We are able to offer fully capable training on a one on one basis. We are both fully qualifed voctional trainers
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?:
You will learn all your life, and it must be about the practicalities of printing and the theory of art and design and of course I mean here too, the study of popular culture where letterpress had a great hold on the appearance of our culture