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Mr. Alan Kitching

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Local Address: London, United Kingdom
The Typography Workshop

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Designer Bookbinders, 11 Mar 2014 [cached]
Alan Kitching: Liberated by Letterpress
In 1973 Alan began his own design practice in London. In 1977 he partnered with Derek Birdsall at Omnific and started letterpress printing there in 1985. He then went on to establish The Typography Workshop in Clerkenwell (1989), and began teaching through letterpress at the Royal College of Art (1991-2006).
Alan continues to exhibit and lecture across the globe, and is renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms in commissions and limited-edition prints.
Smiths Rules : Archive 1.5 / 1991 — 1995, 16 Jan 2013 [cached]
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
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
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 1.5 / 1991 - 1995 Apprentice to Alan Kitching (RDI) at the Typography Workshop
Alan Kitching - AOL Artists, 18 Nov 2011 [cached]
Alan Kitching
Alan Kitching
Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. Alan Kitching is renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms in creating visuals for commissions and his own limited-edition prints. Alan Kitching has had solo shows in London and Barcelona and contributed to various group exhibitions, including ones at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the British Library and the Barbican Art Gallery in London.
In 1994 Alan Kitching was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI). Alan is an honorary fellow of The Royal College of Art and visiting professor, University of the Arts London. Alan has conducted workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.
Artist: Alan Kitching | Title: Rainbow Stars
Royal College of Art, 4 June 2004 [cached]
Alan Kitching
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Alan Kitching: Visiting Tutor
Alan KitchingTelephone: 020 7590 4302
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.
'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.
Inspiration in Focus - Alan Kitching, 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.
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).
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.
It was here that Alan and Celia continued to work together until her death in 2010.
Alan celebrated her life in a book called Celia Sings, characterised by his unique artwork.
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 presents Milliken Studio Manager, Rebecca Ritchie, with 'Inspired.
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
Inspiration in Focus - Alan Kitching Meaningful Design - British Design 1948 - 2012
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