Gwyneth Alban Davis was a printmaker who lived in the Lake District during the 1940s and early 1950s during which time she was resident
in the woods of the Pillars Hotel in Langdale, from where she ran her own printmaking business: The Caravan Press.
Gwyneth was good friends with Kurt Schwitters who worked next door to her on his Merz Barn, in Cylinders Farm and she’d have tea with
him most days. She used the printing press as a means of income, printing postcards of specific locations in and around the Lake District and printing for local businesses and this allowed her to
stay in Langdale (she was originally from London).
Gwyneth’s press and blocks were returned to the Merz Barn after her death in 2006, however, when they were discovered by artists
Heather Ross and Lukas Hornby the archive was in a bad state. Both artists had used Gwyneth's printing press in their own work and felt it was important to make visible the work she had done
throughout the 1940s and 1950s, running her one-woman printmaking business.
The result is Typ-ooo North, a print collective founded by Heather and Lukas to re-print and save Gwyneth's archive, to document and
produce a catalogue of her work and to bring the press back into working order.