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Mr. Alan Kitching

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Honorary Fellow

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Royal College of Art
Dyson Building 1 Hester Road
Battersea, London SW11 4AN
United Kingdom

Company Description: The Royal College of Art is the world's only wholly postgraduate university of art and design, specialising in teaching and research and offering the degrees of MA,...   more
Background

Employment History

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  • Founder
    The Typography Workshop
  • Founder
    Typographic Workshop
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www.stereohype.com, 10 Oct 2014 [cached]
click for details | Alan Kitching Stereohype: graphic art label / online boutique
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Alan Kitching: specially commissioned, original letterpress print >>> £750
Stereohype's 10x10 Poster/Badge Anniversary Series
Alan Kitching's original letterpress poster is one of 10 beautiful contributions by 10 designers, studios, artists and illustrators who were specially commissioned by Stereohype to form part of the 10x10 Poster/Badge Anniversary Series.
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The 10x10 contributors are: Alan Kitching, Daniel Eatock, Deanne Cheuk, Geneviève Gauckler, Ian Wright, Michael C. Place/Build, Richard J. Kirk/Manikato, Twopoints, Vaughan Oliver/v23 and Stereohype-founders FL@33.
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Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. He is renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms in creating visuals for commissions and limited edition prints. He continues to live and work at The Typography Workshop in Kennington, south London, which he shared with designer, writer and partner Celia Stothard (deceased 2010).
At age 15yrs Alan became an apprentice compositor with a letterpress printer in his native Darlington in the north of England. After a subsequent successful career in conventional and corporate graphic design, he decided to return to his letterpress roots and in 1989 he established The Typography Workshop in London.
Alan has had solo shows in London and Barcelona, and contributed to various group exhibitions including the Pompidou Centre Paris, the British Library and the Barbican Art Gallery in London.
In 1994 he was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI).
Alan is Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts London. He has conducted his workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
description: A1 (59.4cm x 84.1cm/23.4" x 33.1"), portrait, original letterpress print, without frame, limited edition of 10 (Yay! Initially thought to be only one.), signed by Alan Kitching.
Royal College of Art
www.rca.ac.uk, 4 June 2004 [cached]
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Alan Kitching: Visiting Tutor
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Alan KitchingTelephone: 020 7590 4302
Biography
Alan Kitching is a senior tutor in Typography in the Department of Communication Art and Design at the RCA and, since 2001, he has also been a visiting Professor at the London Institute.His most recent solo exhibition was at the Gallery at Pentagram, in London from October to November 1997 and his work includes the Royal Mail Millennium stamps and Royal Mail Special stamps, the Master of the 20th Century and the Icograda Design Hall of Fame by Mervyn Kurlansky.He was awarded the British Design and Art Direction Silver Award for Millennium Stamp, 2001.
Alan Kitching was a speaker at "AGIdeas" International Student conference in Melbourne, Australia and gave an illustrated talk at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia in April 2002.In 2001 and 2002, Kitching was a Royal Designer for Industry participant in RDI Summer School for young designers at Dartington Hall, Devon, UK.
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'Alan Kitching: Typographic Time Lord' (1999) Baseline International Typographics Magazine.A profile by Patrick Argent with magazine jacket designed by Kitching.It deals mainly with recent work (1998-1999) but also includes illustration of two pages from Typography Manual - a publication of considerable length designed and printed by Kitching in 1970.
Typography - Alan Kitching (1997).The Gallery at Pentagram, London, UK. Solo exhibition of commissioned work and personal editioned prints.45 separate prints of various dimensions.The exhibition was hosted by a leading print publisher, showcasing Kitching as a leading practitioner, also featuring independent and commissioned art work and images.The aim was also to review and publicise new design and research work by Kitching, to demonstrate the range of his practice to a professional and public audience.
New Library - The People's Network: Report to HM Government (1997) Publishers: Pentagram and Faber and Faber; Editors: McConnell J; Evans, M. Alan Kitching designed and printed letterpress for the covers and chapter dividers of a report for HM Government.These were at the Typography Workshop in an edition of 34 copies.Alan Kitching acted as typographic consultant throughout the project.
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Alan Kitching
Alan Kitching is widely respected as one of the foremost practitioners and teachers of letterpress typographic design and printmaking.
He established the Typographic Workshop in 1989, became a visiting lecturer in typography at The Royal College of Art in 1988.
He has given workshops (including LCP) and lectures to industry, colleges and design conventions in the UK and Europe.
Alan has exhibited at Pentagram Gallery in 1992 and 1997, at the Royal College of Art in 1993 and at Coningsby Gallery in 1998. He has also contributed to various exhibitions in the UK and Europe, including the Pompidou Centre and the Powerhouse:UK.
In 1994 he was elected Royal Designer for Industry and a member of Alliance Graphique Internationale.
In 2001 he was made Visiting Professor of the London Institute.
Smiths Rules : Archive 1.0 / 1991 — 1995
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Archive 1 / 1991-1995 Apprentice to Alan Kitching at The Typography Workshop, Clerkenwell, London
Archive 1.1 / 1991 - 1995 Archive 1.1 / 1991 - 1995 Apprentice to Alan Kitching (RDI) at the Typography Workshop 1992 / Mr Kitching at the press Printing 'Pentagram present' christmas print: a set...
Archive 1.2 / 1991 - 1995
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Archive 1.2 / 1991 - 1995 Apprentice to Alan Kitching (RDI) at the Typography Workshop 1994 / Printing wood type posters for Soho music shop window / & working with...
Archive 1.3 / 1991 - 1995 Archive 1.3 / 1991 - 1995 Apprentice to Alan Kitching (RDI) at the Typography Workshop 1993 /
Archive 1.4 / 1991 - 1995
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Archive 1.4 / 1991 - 1995 Apprentice to Alan Kitching (RDI) at the Typography Workshop 1992 / Final wood type christmas posters for Soho music shop window
Archive 1.5 / 1991 - 1995 Archive 1.5 / 1991 - 1995 Apprentice to Alan Kitching (RDI) at the Typography Workshop 1992 / 'Printing in London' limited edition broadsheet - originally commisioned for article...
Archive 1.6 / 1991 - 1995 Archive 1.6 / 1991 - 1995 Apprentice to Alan Kitching (RDI) at the Typography Workshop 1992 / Detail of latin set in Caslon Old Face italic (Stephenson Blake) from 'Broadside 5' /...
Archive 1 / 1991-1995
Inspiration in Focus - Alan Kitching
www.informedandinspired.co.uk, 1 July 2012 [cached]
Alan Kitching
If Clerkenwell has a face, it is probably that of Alan Kitching. Since 1961, when he first moved to London from his native Darlington to pursue a career in design and especially the design of posters, his lifelong love, Alan has seen the district of Clerkenwell gentrify even as his own career has flourished. The only thing betraying his roots is a residual North East lilt in his accent.
At the time, Clerkenwell was in a period of decline following the Second World War. However, it still clung to many of the trades that were most closely associated with the area, notably engineering, food production, publishing and printing. The seeds of its later revival were already sown. Although the area was rundown, Alan still admits to feeling very excited by the prospect not only of working with like-minded designers, but also by the district itself.
And so he came to witness at first hand the revival and gentrification of Clerkenwell, which began in the 1980s. Clerkenwell is now defined by a new generation of architects and designers who have re-shaped the formerly derelict and decaying industrial buildings into dwellings, workshops, offices, bars and restaurants.
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Alan became renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms, creating visuals for commissions and his own limited edition prints. He created a series of A1 'Broadside' sheets, an occasional publication devoted to the typographic arts, in the exact same way. He was spreading the word - literally.
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Alan with the artwork Milliken commissioned for CDW 2012
As a result he was widely honoured by his peers. He was appointed a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI) in 1994. In 1998, Alan became a Fellow of the Royal College of Art and in 2001 he was a Visiting Professor at the London Institute (University of the Arts London).
In 1994, Alan met the designer and writer Celia Stothard, and they began collaborating on various projects (teaching workshops and purchasing letterpress materials).
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Alan continues to work with these materials to this day, insisting on authenticity.
Alan and Celia launched The Typography Workshop Printroom and Studio, a joint venture in two south London workspaces, in September 2005.
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It was here that Alan and Celia continued to work together until her death in 2010.
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Alan celebrated her life in a book called Celia Sings, characterised by his unique artwork.
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As well as commissions from a range of commercial and non-commercial organisations, Alan has created illustrations for magazines and book covers. His work has also featured on postage stamps, theatre posters, shop windows, billboards, signage and a 30 x 15ft typographic mural for the Guardian Newspaper's London office.
ALAN AND BECCY
Alan presents Milliken Studio Manager, Rebecca Ritchie, with 'Inspired.
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Alan Kitching has not only been around to witness the revival of Clerkenwell, but also the renaissance in craft, artisanship and analogue design. In an increasingly virtual world, Alan Kitching is the real thing.
Shown above: 'Inspired. Inspiring' by Alan Kitching, commissioned by Milliken for our 10th anniversary in Clerkenwell
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Inspiration in Focus - Alan Kitching Meaningful Design - British Design 1948 - 2012
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