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We love organising and stationery so very much. There’s nothing like a stroll through Hay or Present and Correct and coming out with a months’ rent’s worth of rulers and desktop filing trays in copper. Although their website is a little overwhelming and garish, the brand Happybags have got their planners bang on.

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Alan Kitching A Life in Letterpress

Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress, includes over 400 prints, a photo essay by Philip Sayer and a biographical monograph and will be published by Laurence King Publishers on 7th April, with an exhibition of Alan’s prints on show at Somerset House opening on April 21st as part of the Pick Me Up Graphic Design Festival.

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Kitching’s distinctive prints and powerful artwork are instantly recognisable and have been commissioned by The Guardian, Tate Modern, Dazed & Confused Magazine, The National Theatre, British Library, Penguin Books and Royal Mail amongst many others. When design turned digital in the 1980s, Kitching changed direction. He bought a printing press, printed by hand and breathed life into the arcane world of letterpress, and became an inspirational teacher for a new generation. In a digital world, his artwork and design is more relevant and recognisable than ever.

alan kitchingThe first edition of the book will be a collector’s edition, featuring a book jacket that has been hand printed by Alan himself and wrapped around the book as a removable dust jacket/print. Only 200 copies of the Collector’s edition have been made and will only be available from Laurence King’s online shop priced £200. A separate special edition will also be available priced £75.

alan kitchingAlan is Honorary Fellow of The Royal College of Art and Visiting Professor, University of the Arts London. Alan has conducted his workshops and given talks to industry, art schools and design conventions in UK, Europe, Australia and South Africa.

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Cutting A Dash The Female Line

This September 11, fifteen female artists explore the art of letters at the home of letter carving Artist who carved oak coffin of Richard III to feature in exhibition.

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The enduring art of the letter carver will be examined and celebrated by a new exhibition at the UK’s home of the craft this autumn. Cutting a Dash – The Female Line presents a wealth of work by fifteen female letter carvers, whose skills are helping to ensure that an ancient art remains vital in 2015. Among the featured lettering artists is wood carver Anna Louise Parker, who carved the name of King Richard III, his dates and a Plantagenet Rose, into the lid of the oak coffin used for the reburial of his remains in Leicester Cathedral in March this year.

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Cutting a Dash will illustrate the sheer scale and physical effort involved in the journey from piece of rock to finished artwork, as artists return time and again to favourite quarries to find the particular stone for the job and then begin their work. Among the materials on display will be carved Welsh slate, Portland and Bath stone, alabaster items, wood carvings, panels, bowls, pots and plinths.

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Cutting a Dash – The Female Line at the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SA Dates: 11 September – 7 November 2015. Admission: Free to all visitors.