Tucked away behind London's Fleet Street, most people will never notice the quiet lane that winds down to the St Bride Library. Founded in 1895 when the surrounding area was the heart of London's publishing industry, the library is dedicated to preserving and promoting the now antique technology that, until the advent of the personal computer, disseminated the written word for over 500 years.
To kick off the new year we head to Lincolnshire to talk to the printmaker Mark Wilkinson whose gothic woodcut fox is at the centre of Sekford’s visual identity. After a career in the RAF and a chance encounter with the work of English designer and artist Eric Gill, Wilkinson founded Inkshed Press. His timeless engravings, inspired by gothic revival and the Arts and Crafts movement, share Sekford’s values of craftsmanship and British design. Here we discuss the enduring appeal of printmaking, the challenges faced by working with Sekford and what 2016 holds for Inkshed Press.
This month we chat to one of London’s most influential chefs, Margot Henderson. Having honed her simple, earthy style with her husband Fergus, founder of the celebrated St. John restaurant, Margot now runs a catering business and the Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch. Hidden behind an unmarked door, the Canteen is housed in a converted bike shed in the oldest council estate in Europe. There, surrounded by the practical, no-nonsense red-brick buildings, we sat down to discuss Margot's love for the British countryside, her influences and why she enjoys catering for groups.