Throughout December 2018 and on into January I spent six weeks at Whittington Press in Gloucestershire while the pages of my book Coastline were printed by Pat and Anna of Nomad Letterpress. After two years of engraving, writing and planning how it was all going to fit together, I arrived with boxes of linocuts (90 individual blocks) ready for mounting. The printshop was cold (although not cold enough for a few queen bees to come out of hibernation) but the kettle was always on and there seemed to be a steady supply of oranges or biscuits since Christmas was just around the corner.
Not everything went to plan; we spent the first two weeks feeling quite stressed that many of the larger engravings were stretching under the pressure of the Heidelburg. And I ran out of time at the end and will be completing the pochoir stencilling from my (new) home in Los Angeles. But there were triumphs... Particularly the delicate colour palette, some very nice Kabel headings (designed by Rudolph Koch) and our natural Japanese book cloth (found after many days of searching high and low). The result is something special and I’m really proud of the book we’ve made. The sheets are now with the binder, Roger Grech and the first copies will be going out to those who pre-ordered them very soon.
Below are some photos from those six busy weeks of printing and pochoir stencilling, taken by my husband Luke.