Typelark is an 'adventure with letters'. Typography is at the heart of my letterpressed prints and gifts. My name reflects what I do, combining typography and ‘mudlarking’: scavenging for objects of value, searching for hidden treasures. And that's what I love to do with typography and language.
I love exploring the way in which typography can evoke emotions, memories and associations, and how it gives texture to language. I love uncovering hidden treasures in our language and history. And I fell in love with letterpress for its uniqueness, tactility and heritage.
I'm involved in the entire process, creating my designs then hand-printing them myself on my vintage Adana press. I use both traditional hand-set metal type and contemporary photopolymer plates to produce my work. I love the smell of the freshly printed ink, and the way the tooth of the paper glistens in the sunlight. As each item is printed by hand, each differs slightly and is unique - one of the beautiful qualities of letterpress printing.
'Britishness' informs much of my work. We have such a rich heritage and still I find new inspiration hidden away in our language and history. And that is what I'll continue to explore!