Portfolio Two:
"projects, backwards glances and jeux d'esprit" 1974

W&S Carter

Paper, card, printed on a Victoria Platen press

The idea that technology somehow minimises, removes or replaces the skill of the craftsperson is a nonsense. The skill of the craftsperson is required to tame technology and place it under the direct control of the artist. Technology and craft are inextricably intertwined, but technology is a broad term, which describes and encompasses all kinds of tools for all forms of creative endeavour...

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W&S CARTER

Portfolio Two: "projects, backwards
glances and jeux d’esprit" 1974

Paper, card, printed
on a Victoria Platen press

'The idea that technology somehow minimises, removes or replaces the skill of the craftsperson is a nonsense. The skill of the craftsperson is required to tame technology and place it under the direct control of the artist. Technology and craft are inextricably intertwined, but technology is a broad term, which describes and encompasses all kinds of tools for all forms of creative endeavour.

Wherever a tool is employed to create, technology of some sort is at its heart. The craftsperson has a duty to master technology, to understand its scope and its limitations, the designer has a duty to exploit its capabilities. Design is not a slave to any technology, but knows how it can be utilised to give creative form to language and communications, in ways that are specific or unique to it.

The 22 sheets in this portfolio are delightful suggestions of ways in which printing types can be utilised, and as such are representatives of the craftsperson's role in the process of creating and communicating with subtlety and finesse. Whilst the quote from William Morris on one of the sheets states that "letters should be designed by an artist not an engineer", it is the sympathetic working of artist and engineer, in the form of craftsperson or technologist, that allows creativity to transcend the strictures of both language and form.

In the digital world code is craft. Words are software. Words are the language of a digital technology that manipulate media, as well as the direct means of expression that have been discussed in other sections. The medium may be fluid and somewhat intangible, but mastery of this technological language is as much a creative imperative as the mastery of any other 'conventional' technology.'

Malcolm Garrett

Portfolio Two’ was printed in a limited edition of 500 copies on various papers in a wide variety of settings.

The Rampant Lions Press was founded by Will Carter in 1924. He was joined by his son Sebastian in the 1960s, who took over the Press in 1991. The Press undertakes every stage of book production from copy preparation to packing, with the exception of binding. They specialise in hand-set fine productions, sometimes in extremely rare or unique types.

 
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