Friday, 11 April 2014

Saturday, 15 March 2014

New Type

New type. Twenty odd years ago I bought 10 cases of Monotype Gill Sans 262 from a printer in Sunderland. The seller told me that the printshop used to belong to his father, who, on retirement, had promised one of his employees 'Bob' a job in the composing room for as long as he wanted. Well, time moved on, and so did the printing trade; letterpress died a premature death but this company loyally kept it's promise and 'Bob' was paid to keep the redundant composing room in tip-top condition for several years until his retirement - the day I bought the type.


Well Bob, the type was really worn  when I bought it but you'll be pleased to hear some of it's going to be melted down and recast as brand new shiny Monotype Gill Sans 262 by those splendid fellows at Hand and Eye in 30, 36 and 48pt. Letterpress - the original sustainable industry.

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Moderate or Good

Since the mention in the newspaper on Saturday have been fairly inundated with enquiries about the Shipping Forecast - blowing me way off course when I was just about to start pondering how best to print another monumental edition: an A-Z of beer, but all hands to the pumps - it will be done for May!

Saturday, 8 March 2014

A pleasant surprise to be mentioned in the Telegraph magazine today - the feature on the St Jude's Highland home has a photograph of my Shipping Forecast prints and a credit too - any admirers please contact me at john@flowersandfleurons.com - we now do them in grey as well!



Tuesday, 26 November 2013

I'm back...

 Been away from the press for a while whilst I've been maintaining my graphic design hat with the Mr. Watt Grumpy Man of Metal ebooks on the iTunes book store but now I'm back and mighty pleased to be participating in the Manuale Pastagraphico – a collaboration with Lino's Type of Verona to produce a letterpress book to mark the occasion of Bodoni's death in 1813. Follow the progression of the book here:

https://www.facebook.com/pastabodoni
http://pastabodoni.tumblr.com/

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Nice to be appreciated!

"I've just received my Shipping Forecast print which is a present for my brother's 40th birthday. I wanted to say how beautifully it is packaged. I don't feel bad about not getting the framed version now! Thanks, I'm sure he'll love it."

Thursday, 11 October 2012

National Maritime Museum

As from November we are thrilled to be selling our Shipping Forecast prints at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London!