He’s built up an impressive catalogue, and is still going strong:
Alan Kitching was supposed to be obsolete.
The new world is one of microchips and screens. Anyone can write and typeset. The most basic word processing software will offer a hundred fonts at the swish of a mouse. Hand printing was for museums, wooden type for antique shops.
When others sold off their font collections, he bought them. And then bought more. He mixed colour and fonts to dramatic effect. He invested in the written word with visual power. Alan Kitching has become rather fashionable and in demand.
Well I love letters – they are the building blocks of words after all – and the individuality of letterpress-printing just feels so beautifully idiosyncratic and original in the modern world. I can see why “in a world of uniformity Alan Kitching’s work stands out”.
I think too that I need to ‘up my game’ when it comes to the header on my newsletter; Alan Kitching and I clearly share a love of the word ‘word’:
He also did the cover for a special issue of Dazed & Confused. The Word issue. (Of course.)
Here’s a few more of the posters from the exhibition that stood out for me:
An impressive array of styles, colour and design. I’d love to try letterpress myself.
NB: The lighting and use of glass cases in the exhibition made it difficult to get better photographs. This is not a sponsored post.