Matrix 30

John Craig never met his grandfather Edward Gordon Craig, who lived then in the South of France, but these affectionate letters show that the old man appreciated and fostered his grandson’s emerging talents. George Ramsden tracked down the life of that talented but little known Yorkshire printer E. D. Jordan of the Septentrio Press. James Fergusson recalled his time as obituaries editor of The Independent, when the past lives of printers and publishers often filled his columns. Richard Russell’s ‘Laying Paper to Point Holes and Slits’ brought us back down to earth, and reminded us that ‘the sixteenth-century technique of pointing remained in use until the second half of the twentieth’. Gaylord Schanilec wrote about his researches on the Mississippi and printed copies of his eighteen-inch-long colour engraving of the Shorthead Redhorse to accompany it, noting that each scale took fifteen minutes to engrave. There are extracts from Tirzah Garwood’s hitherto unpublished diary, Russell Maret on designing typefaces specifically for letterpress printing, and Catherine Dixon’s account of teaching printing to the favela children of Sao Paolo included a four-page insert, with wood-engravings, printed by them. Robert Elwall reviewed the Art and Technics series, finely printed at James Shand’s Shenval Press in the late forties and early fifties: sadly Robert’s last Matrix article, there was so much more he had to say about twentieth-century photography and design, and to work with him was always a delight.


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