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The art of print with a personal touch

Vsitors to any London art gallery towards the end of last year would have been able to enjoy a diverse collection of works from some of the worlds finest artists. However, there is one artist whose efforts went largely unnoticed despite the ubiquity of his own artistic endeavours throughout the capitals gallery scene.

Q&A: Chris Narayan Bindery manager, Rapidity

Chris has worked for 37 years as a hand bookbinder, and his expert skills have been called upon to give demonstrations and teach classes in the art. He loves music and football, his wife, and his Boston terrier. He was also the only man in a kilt to grace the stage at this year’s PrintWeek Awards.

60 seconds with Strath Print

Strath Print was set up by directors Martin Benson and Peter Dunlop a decade ago, after the publisher they worked for closed its print division. The five-strong business is the only printing company on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Proofs that have the cover wrapped

Ahead of a book going to print, it is common practice for a publisher to run off a limited number of proofs - commonly referred to in the trade as 'blads' - in order to stimulate the interest of buyers at Waterstone's and the other major booksellers.

Q&A: Ian Chamberlain, managing director, Tudor Bookbinding

Ian has worked in print finishing since he left school at the age of 16, barring a brief interlude in 1975 when he tried his hand at being a milkman, a cooked meats salesman, and a van driver, before (we’re happy to say) returning to his roots. Ian was a binding room manager at Taylor Bloxham in Leicester, prior to setting up Wigston-based Tudor Bookbinding in 1992.

60 seconds with RS Bookbinders

RS Bookbinders was founded by Roy Shaddock in 1983, utilising his knowledge and experience gained in the bookbinding industry since the age of 14.

60 seconds with Tudor Bookbinding

Ian Chamberlain set up Tudor Bookbinding in 1992, after spotting a gap in the market for a print finishing service while working as a binding room manager. The firm started off in the centre of Leicester, with secondhand kit and five staff.

60 seconds with Fine Print

Fine Print started life in Oxford in 1991. The firm, run by managing director Dan Bakewell since an MBO in 2003, still holds to the guiding principles of the founder – hire the best people and give them the best kit to work with.

Q&A: Graham Prichard, print manager, National Trust

“Too old to rock and roll too young to die!” Graham hit 60 this year and retires on 21 December after 41 years in the industry. Retirement will mean spending time at home with his wife of 38 years, Rachel, plus “really getting to learn how to play the three guitars I now own, plus perhaps getting my golf handicap into single figures.”

Geography proves no issue for OMG

  • Wednesday, March 19, 2008
If asked to place Orkney on a map of Britain, most of us would stare blankly for a while before incorrectly placing it somewhere halfway to Iceland.

60 seconds with Webmart

Print procurement business Webmart was set up in 1996 and celebrated its 20th anniversary in April. Founder Simon Biltcliffe “saw the market was changing” and negotiated his exit from BPC (subsequently Polestar), and started Webmart as an independent sales agent and marketplace for web offset print.

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