Looking at the work of Alan Kitching one can almost smell the ink. It communicates an intense love of colour and the tactile reality of fresh, wet print. His brilliantly composed designs and illustrations have appeared on book and magazine covers, postage stamps, theatre posters, shop windows and billboards.
Kitching has for a number of years run a two day letterpress typography workshop at his studio in Kennington. He originally founded The Typography Workshop in 1989, launching his A1 Broadside sheets, described as “an occasional publication devoted to the typographic arts”. After taking work as a printer’s apprentice at the age of 14 in County Durham, he moved South in his 20s and helped establish the Experimental Printing Workshop alongside typographer and design thinker Anthony Froshaug. He is now acknowledged as one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking.
All courses run for two consecutive days at Alan Kitching’s Kennington workshop. The cost is £900 and includes lunch and all materials. Places are available at the time of writing for 9–10 March, 23–24 March and 6–7 April.