“letterpress cards, notelets, books, posters with originality and sparks of humour”
“cleeve press on-line sales web sales greeting cards hand-made”
Photograph copyright of Nicholas J. Birchall © June 2018
On-line galleries and Sale
I have within memory always drawn, painted, arranged compositions and made objects. The analysis and creation of images is a constant fascination to me, how the stimuli of recognizable elements, colour and light evoke emotions and memories in the viewer.
I grew up in Gloucestershire, which involved lots of Cotswold stone, views of the Severn Valley and dramatic weather. The Cotswolds is a landscape formed from the sea and folded by the ever-changing planet.
This led me to Gloucester art college in 1969 where I studied foundation art, graphic design and photography. I set movable metal type for college typography projects, this tactile experience stayed with me as a seed of an ambition.
I lived in Norway from 1973 to 1976, a land which was formed by fire and sculptured by ice and experienced a lot of granite, forest, fjords and dramatic weather. I returned to England and practised as a freelance Graphic Designer. The digital age saw me re-train to teach foundation art and design at Loughborough College of Art & Design 1995-6.
My teaching has been in the areas of Art, Graphic Design and Photography at FE Colleges.
Cleeve Press now teaches letterpress typography and printing to a wide age range of people in small groups at “hands-on” letterpress experience days.
Private tuition is also available on a one to one basis in our studio.
I also have tuition experience in Art, Graphic Design & Photography.
I and my wife both hold valid DBS Enhanced Certificates (disclosure & barring service)
I began saving letterpress type & equipment in 2006 and this has grown into a composing room & printing office with proofing presses, two treadle platen presses & an 1863 Albion. I produce quality printing from my own designs in traditional typographical styles and also teach these skills to others at
Cleeve Press Letterpress Experience Day
University of Leicester Botanic Garden
Saturday 17th November 2018
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L e t t e r p r e s s C o m p o s i n g R o o m & P r i n t i n g O f f i c e
K e y s k i l l s a n d a b i l i t i e s
Professional design skills in digital publishing & imaging •Advertising and promotional experience
Experience in advertising photography • Efficiently organises information & arranges events
Commercial & educational customer care • Teaching experience in art & design
Designed effective learning programmes & support material
Experience with sensitive information & working in secure environments
Fluent in the Norwegian language
A c h i e v e m e n t s
Founded & ran a graphic design business • Member of The Oxford Guild of Printers Degree in art & design teaching • Commercial Photography Experience/Level 4 Qualification Comprehensive experience teaching art & design • Arranged links between education & creative sector Contributed to the local policing plan • Organised local youth work & a drop-in centre
I n t e r e s t s
I am interested in co-operating with other visual artists……. Lensless photography, pinhole cameras, large format photography. Typography, Letterpress type and Printing. Cartoons, Drawing, Watercolour/Ink Sketches/Illustrations. Cartography, the outdoor world and many more things……..
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