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Alan Kitching

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Background Information

Employment History

Visiting Professor

The London Institute


Affiliations

Alliance Graphique Internationale

Royal Designer for Industry and Elected Member


Royal College of Art

Fellow


The Typographic Circle

Founder


The Typography

Founder


St. Luke

Founding Member


RCA

Fellow


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It's Nice That | John L. Walters selects and dissects five objects from Alan Kitching's archive

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John L. Walters selects and dissects five objects from Alan Kitching's archive
Five years ago, when I started work on the biography/monograph Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress, along with art director Simon Esterson, we decided on a five-chapter structure that represented five major stages in Alan's life and work. For this piece, I have chosen five items that represent Alan Kitching's life and work - one from each chapter. Alan_kitching_john_l_walters_a_life_in_letterpress_itsnicethat1-jobbing-printing-example Print advertisement, late 1950s This modest example of jobbing printing (for local businesses) was made at J. W. Brown & Son, the Darlington printer where Alan was an apprentice compositor from 1956 until April 1962. Alan was a conscientious apprentice, and loved every minute of his time there. Through reading trade magazines Printing Review and British Printer, Alan learned about the exciting new developments in design, and European typography heroes such as Jan Tschichold. The workshop gave Alan the means to print everything from departmental notices to concrete poetry, regularly helping and collaborating with visiting avant-garde artists such as Mark Boyle (of the Boyle Family), Hansjörg Mayer, Diter Rot, Dom Sylvester Houedard, Bob Cobbing and Peter Schmidt (who was later to devise Oblique Strategies with Brian Eno). The third chapter of Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress deals with Alan's middle years, long before he became the 'Alan Kitching' we know and love today. He worked steadily and relatively anonymously as a designer and art director, first freelance and then with Derek Birdsall and Martin Lee at the Omnific Studio Partnership. This letterpress poster, made for a lecture at Brighton Poly, was printed at Goldsmiths, where Alan was teaching one day a week. The big display type hints at Alan's later signature approach, while the words declare his straightforward 'truth to materials' Modernism: lead, tin and antimony are the elements in the alloy typemetal. Alan_kitching_john_l_walters_a_life_in_letterpress_itsnicethat4-ron-sandford-drawing-of-ak_-1989 Ron Sandford drawing of Alan Kitching, 1989 In the late 1980s, Alan made the radical decision to leave conventional design practice, resign from the Omnific Studio Partnership and return to letterpress, eventually setting up The Typography Workshop on the third floor of a Victorian warehouse in Clerkenwell. This sketch, by his friend Ron Sandford, shows Alan surveying his new premises, possibly contemplating the risks and rewards of starting anew in his late forties. (For a while, Alan slept on a bed that Birdsall's son built under a bench in the workshop.) Sandford is a gifted illustrator who had studied graphic design with Froshaug at the RCA, and frequently worked with Omnific on projects such as Pegasus for Mobil. By the turn of the century, in his 60th year, Alan had established a name for himself and The Typography Workshop. His distinctive typographic images and maps could be seen in myriad contexts, he was represented by the agency Debut Art, and he ran the letterpress studio at the RCA, bringing him into contact with a new generation of designers (including Sophie Thomas, Anthony Burrill, Michele Jannuzzi and Henrik Kubel). Alan continued to push at the limits of letterpress, acquiring a vast collection of theatrical wood type (with the late Celia Stothard, his work/life partner) and continually reinventing the medium. John L. Walters is the author of Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress (Laurence King, published in three editions), and the co-owner and editor of Eye magazine.


Alan Kitching's Letterpress Prints: Celebrating new and acclaimed works by the legendary artist | Creative Boom

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Alan Kitching's Letterpress Prints: Celebrating new and acclaimed works by the legendary artist
Alan Kitching, one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking, is to be celebrated in a new exhibition at London's Coningsby Gallery this April. Entitled Alan Kitching: Letterpress Prints the show will acknowledge his indelible influence on, and overwhelming contribution to, the fields of print, letterpress and design. Renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms, Kitching creates visuals for commissions and his own limited edition prints. He co-founded the Experimental Printing Workshop at Watford College of Technology in 1964. He later became partner at Omnific Studios where he started letterpress printing. In 1994 Kitching was appointed Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) and elected member of Alliance Graphique International (AGI). Clients over the years have included Borough Market, The British Library, Creative Review, D&AD, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, The National Theatre, Penguin Books, The Times, Royal Mail, Saatchi & Saatchi, Scheufelen Paper, Clarks Shoes, Random House, AOL and the Tate Modern. The exhibition celebrates the launch of Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress the Bookshop Edition, published by Laurence King in March 2017. In conjunction with this, Alan will be present for an exclusive book-signing event at the exhibition on the 15 April 2017 from 12 noon until 3pm. Alan Kitching: Letterpress Prints will take place between 11 April - 15 April 2017 at the Coningsby Gallery. Discover more at coningsbygallery.com. Alan Kitching Island of Utopia 2016 Letter Press Print Edition Edition size: 20 Alan Kitching Island of Utopia 2016 Letter Press Print Edition Edition size: 20 Alan Kitching Mr Kitching's Travels Around London 2012 Letter Press Print Edition size: 45 Image and paper size: 60 x 84cm Alan Kitching Mr Kitching's Travels Around London 2012 Letter Press Print Edition size: 45 Image and paper size: 60 x 84cm Alan Kitching Mr Kitching's Travels Around London 2012 Letter Press Print Edition size: 45 Image and paper size: 60 x 84cm Alan Kitching Mr Kitching's Travels Around London 2012 Letter Press Print Edition size: 45 Image and paper size: 60 x 84cm Alan Kitching The Borough 2011 Letter Press Print Edition size: 45 Image and paper size: 60.5 x 84cm Alan Kitching The Borough 2011 Letter Press Print Edition size: 45 Image and paper size: 60.5 x 84cm Alan Kitching West Greenwich Village 2013 Letter Press Print Edition size: 45 Image and paper size: 61 x 84cm Alan Kitching West Greenwich Village 2013 Letter Press Print Edition size: 45 Image and paper size: 61 x 84cm


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Alan Kitching Reading Tips Typography 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. Alan Kitching. A life in letterpress Alan Kitching. A life in letterpress 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. 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. 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. "We were tampering around, thinking of doing this book ourselves and it never got anywhere, and then she got ill," Kitching says. 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. 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. 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." Ak_full-book-dec-15-58 Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress 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. 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. 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. Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress 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. Alan Kitching It's Nice That


Alan Kitching – This Way to Heaven

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Alan Kitching Alan Kitching 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. by Alan Kitching by Alan Kitching by Alan Kitching Alan Kitching


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