Typ-ooo North: The Print Archives of Gwyneth Alban

Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September


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.
We are pleased to be able to show this set of prints over the first weekend of September here at Florence Arts Centre, alongside the completed catalogue which includes all of the prints, images of the blocks, a foreword from Gwyneth’s son and two essays by Heather and Lukas.
Visit us between the 1st and 3rd September for a chance to view this very special collection and to meet the artists who have brought Gwyneth's original prints back to life.
About the artists:
Heather Ross writes:
I am an artist who lives and works in London although I’m about to move to Preston to begin a practice based PhD on Kurt Schwitters in Britain with the Hatton Gallery in Newcastle. I also teach part time at The University of Central Lancashire, Preston, on the MA Studio Practice pathway.
My website is: www.heatherross.co.uk. if you would like to see any examples of my work.
Lukas Hornby lives and works in Bradford. He is currently undertaking an apprenticeship with a typesetter in Bradford, and is part of Chapel Street Studio Assembly in Bradford. He works across a range of disciplines, but mainly with sound and music. He’s recently been involved in making a sound map of Bradford.

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