Design: Graham Painter at Silk Pearce
Paper: Metaphor, available at Curtis Fine Paper
Ralph Clark trades primarily as a landscape gardener, but if you knew him well you would know that he is a man of many talents: designer, plumber, electrician, builder, mechanic. The core design illustrates a variety of handtools that not only refer to Clark’s flexibility and ability, but also to his extensive toolkit. Many of these items are bizarre and very old, but all serve a function and make intriguing graphic reference. In combining the handtools and a soft olive colour printed on the lightly speckled white Metaphor stock, a retrospective image is conveyed, but with a contemporary twist.