A Chance Encounter

After striking gold in Italy we couldn’t believe our luck when we chanced upon a collection of woodblocks in Gloucestershire. In our search to find woodblock printing closer to home this small and utterly beautiful English collection really did reflect the design talent and craftsmanship we had been looking for.

One of the last printing factories to close in England was run by David Evans in Crayford. Printing ceased in the 1980’s and the craft skills were lost. It is hard to believe but many of the unused and abandoned wood blocks were used as firewood. Luckily some of the most beautiful wood and brass ones have survived.

 

English WoodblocksPart of this magnificent collection

Detail of the brasswork

One of the many intricate designs

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