good housekeeping

This book was something I made at the end of the eighties, when people were just starting to get into computers in a creative sense. And whilst this felt like ‘the future’, in its current form the future was terribly flawed. The biggest problem with the 1 megabyte monsters was actually getting anything out of them. Laser printers were all black and white, typefaces were spectacularly limited and devilishly convoluted to load, and the whole process incredibly frustrating, time consuming and generally a let down. Whatever you had actually managed to painstakingly create on screen was trapped in that tiny little black and white box, and the hours watching the little watch tick round wondering if you were victim of a crash were untold. Personally, I preferred the old school (which actually weren’t old then, they were just school) methods of film and screen print and cutting things out and getting your hands dirty which was, above all else, available in any colour you liked, as long as you could be bothered with the faff.

So this is a Good Housekeeping Manual for the young bachelor at large – a lovingly hand screen printed terribly limited edition volume on paper and (er) latex, to which you will time has had one or two adverse effects. It’s not surprising as these were the days before watercolour inks and everything in the print room was filled with anthrax and chemicals which sandpapered your throat, turned your eyes red and made your skin fall off. Which is probably why those colours still look so lovely.
























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