John Christopher has a successful career in graphic design – digitally designing printed matter for many design sectors including publishing, local government, arts, medical education and the environment. He also has a passionate interest in craft processes – work made with the touch of the human hand. The combination of the two has resulted in an interest in typography, lettering and letterpress printing. Throughout his career John has been busy squirreling away type, spacing, presses, sundries, guillotines etc. enabling him to establish his own Press, Flowers & Fleurons in 2009.
Letterpress requires rational, creative and practical skills: the initial design concept, the choice of letterform, the selection of type size and spacing material, the arrangement of physical objects into an aesthetic and mechanical composition; the artisan skill necessary to ink and print using curmudgeonly compliant vintage print machinery. These factors of hand and eye combine to create a satisfying process with rewarding results.