Eric Gill and Ditchling – the workshop tradition

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Eric Gill and Ditchling – the workshop tradition

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From the introduction of the book:
Eric Gill's career as an artist began in Ditchling. It was here that he carved his first sculpture, became a skilled wood engraver and established himself as an author. It was here too that Gill became a Roman Catholic and subsequently established the craft Guild of St Joseph & St Dominic. Although he left in 1924 never to return, the workshop practices that he had established lived on in the small craft-workers community on Ditchling common, most especially in the work of Joseph Cribb who continued to carve, in Gill's former workshop, until he died on his way to work in 1967.

This book focuses on the development of Gill's working practices and the workshop tradition that he established with Cribb in Ditchling. Gill produced work in many different materials, and he approached the learning of new skills with enthusiasm: 'Doing my own printing is a great sport and I've got a large and a small printing press here and a copper plate press too, copper engraving is a great game'. No sooner had Gill learnt the basics of a new skill, he would usually start to preach on the rights and wrongs and moral implications of one method over another. Through his own prolific writings Gill established a standard against which the rest of his life and work can be judged.


1st edition, 2007, paperback, 92pp, over 70 illustration of Gill’s work, many in colour, 20.2 x 26.9 cm



Eric Gill and Ditchling – the workshop tradition
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