Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Gareth interviews typographer Alan Kitching as part of Clerkenwell Design Week

Gareth (left) after grilling Alan on a low heat for the best part of an hour. Photo by Junko.

Gareth writes...
As part of Clerkenwell Design Week, I hosted a series of private views for carpet manufacturer Milliken at their EC1 studio. The aim was to unveil a new artwork by legendary letterpress typographer Alan Kitching and interview the great man about his illustrious career.

There was a great turn-out to both private views, and the audience really seemed to enjoy hearing the formidably-bearded Alan talk about his early life in Darlington, where he discovered a love for poster art at an early age, as well as his later rediscovery of letterpress printing and formidable creative partnership with his late wife Celia Stothard. We learnt that he's (unsurprisingly) not very fond of computers and loved Clerkenwell back in the 1980s when it was a "desert" still filled with printing works and watchmakers.

In the audience for the evening event was a certain Junko Fuwa, who was not only there to offer support to the Gardner half of fuwagardner, but also because she was taught by Alan at the Royal College of Art. She must have been a good student because Alan later created a cover for Blueprint magazine while Junko was working there as art director.

I was asked to host the events following a commission to shoot some portraits of Alan at his Kennington studio. He has long been a hero of mine, and it was magical to watch him print and talk about his work.

Milliken had previously worked with Alan a decade ago. When they first moved to their studio in Clerkenwell, Milliken asked Alan to make a commemorative print that was used for invitations, prints and even carpet tiles! The latest work was commissioned to mark this year's Clerkenwell Design Week as well as reflect the new colour palette of Milliken's corporate identity.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Latest issue of Spanish magazine

Junko writes...

The latest issue of Spanish magazine (number 36) has just been published. This edition features a raft of young and talented designers from Valencia, which looks like the place to be if you are searching for the next big thing in Spanish design. There's also news about some exciting hotel opening and what's new from Spain at the Milan Furniture Fair and ICFF New York.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

News round-up from Gareth

The Shard under construction

Gareth writes:

Because I've got my own blog, I don't really post news items on here relating to my work. But I thought it might be a good idea to do a brief digest of some recent posts, in case you aren't aware of the existence of my blog.

A review of Eric de Maré at RIBA Gallery 2
Superb shots from one of Britain's best-ever architectural photographers

My photos of Oliver Sweeney store in Manchester published by Building Design's BD Reviews magazine
Sexy shoe shop in Manchester's Spinningfields development

Exclusive images of London's Shard under construction
Taken from the top of King's Reach Tower

New service offering wireless review of images during photo shoots
From camera to iPad in a couple of seconds

Commissioned shots of Jamie's Italian at Westfield
Eclectic environment for Jamie Oliver restaurant

Review of Düsseldorf Quadriennale
Including exclusive coverage of Stephen Shore's Der Rote Bulli exhibition

There should be something there for everyone! And remember to keep checking back for updates.

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