Back in March 2013, I visited 'William Morris and the Kelmscott Press', Muirhead Tower Atrium, as part of Birmingham University's Arts & Science Festival. The exhibition of works from the Cadbury Research Library showcased fine examples of books from the Kelmscott Press, founded by William Morris in 1891.
The exhibition examined Morris's inspiration behind the founding of the press, through early manuscripts and 15th century printed books. The exhibition also touched on the Morris legacy and the influence of the Kelmscott Press on later book arts. I was able to see some of the books and pieces which have influenced my practice for a number of years in the flesh, and got the rare opportunity to handle the Kelmscott Chaucer and view the immaculately hand-printed and hand-bound pages up close.
|The Kelmscott Chaucer|
Some of my recent work has used the 'Troy type' and 'Golden type' fonts by the Kelmscott press (digitalised and maipulated from originals) as text pieces on found fabric. I am continuing work on a series of Morris texts using found fabric and laser cut etching, as well as printed text pieces.
|'As If Through Windows' Kate Lynch, 2013|
Laser-cut text on found Morris fabric (Golden Type)
|'Knotting Stool' Silkscreen print and reclaimed stool|
Natasha Kurth, 2013
Book Intervention by Kate Lynch (Page extract from Morris's Essay 'The Art Of the People')
|Kate Lynch & Natasha Kurth Installation, 2013|
AA2A Exhibition, Staffordshire University