Nigel Henderson

© Nigel Henderson/Tate Gallery

 

Another of the small shows that I happened upon was one in the basement archives of Tate Britain showing the work of Nigel Henderson. The Tate holds his archive of approximately 3000 photographs, made between the late 1940s to the mid 1950s in Bethnal Green, around London’s East End and the jazz scene in Soho. I wasn’t familiar with his work before, but these were beautiful.

Letter from Eduardo Paolozzi to Nigel Henderson
— 20 September 1949

 

In this letter Paolozzi details the photographic enlarger that he would bring back from Paris as a gift for Henderson. (No way around the shadow, I’m afraid.)

London

This summer’s been a pretty good one, but school’s started and it’s time for show and tell!

 

In July we flew back to London to see our daughter graduate from Central St Martins with a degree in Fashion Journalism, while at the same time our son and his girlfriend were heading in the opposite direction to Denver, CO, to start new jobs. So proud of them all!

 

Thanks for the photo, Jo!

For the three weeks that I was in the U.K., London was in the middle of a heatwave. I’m well old enough to remember the heatwave of ’76, which is the summer everyone compares hot weather to, but this was far hotter in my mind. Most days were in the mid-80s with a few in the low 90s. And remember, buses, tubes, houses and flats aren’t air-conditioned… But it was a good trip, seeing lots of friends, lots of museums and galleries and having so much fun staying with our daughter and her boyfriend in their new flat.

 

There were several outstanding photography shows — Vanessa Winship and Dorothea Lange, both at The Barbican, Tacita Dean’s Landscape at the Royal Academy and The Shape of Light at Tate Modern. A small show of work by C.R.W. Nevinson, Prints of War and Peaceat The British Museum commemorates his gift of 25 prints to the museum in 1918. They span his time in the trenches of Flanders as a war artist during World War I, as well as prints of New York, Paris and London.

 


C.R.W. Nevinson — Looking Through Brooklyn Bridge, New York, 1921, Drypoint

 


Ed Ruscha — Parking Lot series

 


Alison Rossiter — Gevaert Gevaluxe Velours

 

After three weeks of family, friends, art and walking, all sustained by copious amounts of flat whites, I returned to Minneapolis and went straight into teaching a week-long polymergravure workshop at Highpoint Center for Printmaking. And if that wasn’t enough, the following week I was teaching Kerik Kouklis the process. Kerik travelled to Minneapolis from California especially for a one-day, one-on-one workshop, at the end of which he had made 3 perfect plates and about a dozen prints!

 

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© Kerik Kouklis

Sissinghurst Broadside

I’ve just finished printing my first broadside! The image was made at Sissinghurst Castle and hand printed in polymergravure on Somerset paper. The text is an excerpt from the poem Sissinghurst by the English poet Vita Sackville-West and written about her beloved home, Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, where she lived with her husband Harold Nicholson, a British politician and writer. It was letterpress printed in Garamond and Colonna typefaces.

 

Sackville-West was part of the Bloomsbury Group, a group of writers, poets, painters and artists who lived in or around Bloomsbury Square in London and who spent weekends in the country at Charleston Farmhouse, the country home of Virginia Woolf’s sister Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, both post-impressionist painters.

 

The broadside was printed at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design on a Vandercook 219AB press. Big thanks to both Dana LeMoine and Sarah Evenson of MCAD for helping me get back into letterpress printing again!

 

 

Broadside Details

Printed: Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2018.

Edition: 25 numbered plus proofs.

Description: 9.25 x 13″ single sheet broadside on Somerset paper.

Medium: Polymergravure image with letterpress printed text in Garamond and Colonna.

Price: $100

Another Recent Project

Here are a few photos of a 150 page book I’ve just finished printing and binding for a friend. It’s 12.5 x 9.0 x 1.5″ in size, consists of nine hand-sewn signatures and is finished in red Italian book cloth with marbled endpapers by my friend Enrico Giannini, a fifth generation Florentine bookbinder. The book layout and design was done in InDesign and the paginated pages printed on Hahnemühle Book and Album paper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Great Plains Project

I’m currently in the middle of a great project for a local artist, Peter Latner, (a photographer who still works with medium and large format film) as part of his Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant that he received.

 

The project will involve an small edition of clamshell cases that each hold 58 gelatin-silver prints hand-printed by Peter, which are stunningly beautiful. I’m debossing 4-ply Museum board and dry-mounting the prints into the resulting plate mark. There will also be a title page, statement and colophon. Once I’ve mounted the prints and printed the text sheets I’ll have a better idea of the exact depth required, then I can start making the cases. That number of mounted prints will result in a nice, substantial case that’s about 4.5” deep. I’m going to try and post more images of the production as we progress over the next few weeks!

 

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Just a small section of 300 sheets of Museum board.

 

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A stack of prints ready for dry-mounting.

 

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Detail of the debossing with space for numbering.

 

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It’s a start…

 

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