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Mr. Alan Kitching

Visiting Lecturer

Royal College of Art

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Royal College of Art

Dyson Building 20 Howie Street

London, Greater London SW11 4AS

United Kingdom

Company Description

The Royal College of Art, the only wholly postgraduate art and design college in the world, has a rich history of innovation: many products now in everyday use started as RCA graduate projects and many RCA graduates have emerged as leading innovators in t ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Visiting Professor

The London Institute

Affiliations

Founding Member
St. Luke

Founder
The Typographic Circle

Royal Designer for Industry and Elected Member
Alliance Graphique Internationale

Founder
Typography Workshop

Fellow
RCA

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Alan Kitching. A life in letterpress Jan 6, 2017 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter
'A life in letterpress' documents the work of world-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching.
Alan Kitching is a typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner. He began teaching typography as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art and taught there until 2006. Alan's work has featured on magazine and book covers, postage stamps, theatre posters, billboards and signage.
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In Alan Kitching's hands, "the typography workshop is a complex and subtle instrument: his brushes, paint and easel; his film set; his orchestra," according to John Walters, who interviewed the designer about his life and letterpress for a beautiful new book.
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Alan Kitching was born in Darlington, County Durham in 1940. He had acquired a love of printing, drawing and painting whilst at school and by the mid-1950s when he started looking for work, knew that the heavy industry dominating Darlington wasn't for him. The local employment office told Kitching about a local jobbing printer, so he went with his art teacher and a small portfolio and on the day after his 15th birthday started a six-year apprenticeship as a compositor.
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The new book, Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress came about when Kitching's late wife Celia Stothard - a designer, writer and singer at the Chelsea Arts Club - wrote a piece on their work for John Randle's Matrix, a chronicle of fine printing and the book arts, in 2004.
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"We were tampering around, thinking of doing this book ourselves and it never got anywhere, and then she got ill," Kitching says.
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Kitching wanted to keep the team who had worked on Celia Sings, and brought in John Walters as editor, who started interviewing Kitching in 2012.
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Kitching wanted to keep the team who had worked on Celia Sings, and brought in John Walters as editor, who started interviewing Kitching in 2012.
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I didn't really know what I was going to do but I wanted to buy the press and the type and go and print somewhere", Kitching says. "I didn't want to be a jobbing printer but I wanted to start out on my own. It was a very precarious thing to do because we were successful, well-established, and I was taking a backwards step, it was a bit of a leap in the dark."
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In the late 1980s the atmosphere around printing "didn't really exist", but Birdsall had started as a professor of graphics at the Royal College of Art and convinced Kitching to teach in the letterpress studio one day a week.
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Alongside technician Mick Perry, Kitching had started a series of workshops: "I didn't tell anybody about it, just printed the posters and went round all the departments.
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While the workshops were gaining notoriety, Kitching's name and that of the letterpress process got around, "other people got interested and now it's the buzz word," he says. Kitching maintained a relationship with the college until 2006, and while there he had also been running his own workshop, The Typographic Workshop in Clerkenwell.
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Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress by John L Walters is published by Laurence King on 7 April and is exclusively available from the publisher's website.
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Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking; the work is raw, organic and powerful in so many ways. His masterful use of wood and metal letterforms in creating visuals for commissions and limited edition prints is renowned.
Alan was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1994. He was made Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1998, and Visiting Professor at the London Institute (University of the Arts London) in 2001.
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Alan Kitching is a world-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner who's celebrated career has spanned six decades. He co-established the Experimental Printing Workshop at Watford College of Technology in 1964, then after founding two design studios he established The Typography Workshop in 1989, later turning his hand to teaching at the Royal College of Art in 1991.
His enviable body of work includes compositions for corporate identities, magazine and book covers and illustrations. Alan's work has also featured on postage stamps, theater posters, shop windows, billboards, signage and a 30 x 15ft typographic mural for the Guardian Newspaper's London office.
In 1994 Alan became an elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) and was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). In 1998 he was made Fellow of the Royal College of Art, and Visiting Professor at the London Institute (University of the Arts London) in 2001.
More recently, Laurence King have published Alan Kitching's A-Z of Letterpress (with Angus Hyland) and a new monograph, A Life in Letters, by John L Walters.
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Alan Kitching, Ashton Screenprint, eca, Edinburgh, IT Dept, Susan Mitchell Paper & Print
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Long Lunch Talk with Alan Kitching, Edinburgh, 3 March - The Design Trust - March 3rd, 2016


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I showed them to a few design studios and knew within minutes that I wasn't going to get work in the design business, but they pointed me towards Alan Kitching, a typography professor at the Royal College of Art who had just set up on his own.

He was the only guy in the country doing what I was interested in and I knocked on his door. He sent me away and I went back again a few months later. He told me that my work wasn't good technically, but if I was willing to learn, he could do with the help and he would teach me everything he knew. I started working for him as an unofficial apprentice one day a week until it gradually built up.
It was a tough four or five years as he's a tricky character, but I knew the minute I walked through the door that it was where I needed to be. Although I was already interested in letterpress printing, he changed my perspective on it and taught me the technical aspect of it.

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