A Life in Letterpress

Alan Kitching


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About Speaker

Alan Kitching

Typographic Artist

Alan Kitching is one of the world's foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking based in London. Born in 1940, Alan has over 60 years of experience in letterpress and typography under his belt! After co-establishing the experimental printing workshop at Watford College of Technology, School of Art in 1964, Alan, over time, established his own design practice in London in 1973, started letterpress printing in 1985, and established The Typography Workshop in Clerkenwell in 1989. 

Alan worked on such commissions as Typographic artwork for The Guardian Newspaper, Stamps for the Royal Mail, Posters for the National Theatre, Poems on the buses for Transport for London, Handbook for the English Heritage just to mention a few. 

Kitching is a member of the Designers and Art Directors Association (D&AD), member of Alliance Graphique Internationale, Honored Fellow of Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and the Royal College of Art.

Alan taught through letterpress at the Royal College of Art (1991–2006), he is an ex-visiting Professor in University of the Arts London, Glasgow School of Art, School of Graphic Design at University of Brighton, London College of Printing, he also worked on student projects at the Central School of Art & Design, etc.

Kitching exhibits and lectures across the globe, and is known for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms in commissions and limited-edition prints.

About Recorded Talk

In his talk, one of a kind maestro of letterpress typographic design and printmaking, Alan Kitching will give a short overview of his remarkable life and work, with emphasis on the development of typographic images from wood block type for commissions and limited edition prints. With over 60 years of experience Alan will share with you his rich treasurelike knowledge and introduce you to the beautiful mastery of traditional letterpress.

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