World-renowned typographer, designer and letterpress practitioner, Alan Kitching’s work bridges the worlds of fine art and graphic design.
Kitching became an apprentice compositor with a local letterpress printer four days after his fifteenth birthday.
In 1964 he co-established the experimental printing workshop at Watford College of Technology with Anthony Froshaug.
Kitching established his own design practice in 1973, partnering with Derek Birdsall at Omnific in 1977, and starting letterpress printing there in 1985.
Meeting Celia Stothard in 1994 together they relocated the Typography Workshop, taught workshops and collected letterpress material.
In 1989 Kitching established The Typography Workshop, noted for using traditional letterpress techniques to produce highly evocative images, familiar to any reader of the Guardian newspaper.
Recent exhibitions include Twenty Years of New Letterpress Prints, a two decade retrospective with Celia Stothard at Advanced Graphics, London of the Typography Workshop’s collection. His work has also been exhibited at The London Original Print Fair and The Royal Academy of Arts.
Kitching has taught typography as a visiting lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London from 1991 to 2006.
Notable commissions have included work for The Guardian newspaper, Borough Market and Clark’s shoes, in 2010 Kitching completed a set of cards for the Tate Gallery.