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Dodds' first publishing venture was an edition of "Peter Grimes"
printed in 1984 during his final year at the Royal College of Art.
The Folio Society held an annual competition for students of the Royal
College to provide illustrations for titles that Folio wished to re-issue,
with the winner attaining publication. When he saw "Peter Grimes"
on the shortlist of books James immediately recalled an unfinished
project by his father, "Radio Times" illustrator Andrew
Dodds, and saw the project as one that would re-connect him with the
East Anglian Coast. Whilst he didn't win the competition, James decided
to publish the edition himself and this was effectively the birth
of Jardine Press.
However, it was a few years after graduation that he acquired the
platen press (c.1890) made by Jardine of Nottingham "The
Wanderer" became the first title to be printed on this machine,
and it seemed natural to publish under the name Jardine Press. Five
titles followed: "The Book of Beasts","East Anglia
Drawn", "The Legacy", "East Anglian Poems"
& "The Wildman of Orford". James' father took an active
interest in the company between 1989 and 2003 and during this time
they published three collections of his work. Moving to Wivenhoe James
first teamed up with fellow Royal College illustrator Allan Drummond
to produce "The Wildman of Orford", handbound by James' wife Catherine,
who has subsequently designed all the Jardine books. This was the last book
to be hand printed until twenty years later Jess Charleston from Shed Press came and co-produced "The Green Children" in 2015. Now James and Catherine's son Douglas has joined the team. Jardine Press publications have been printed by Print Wright
Ltd, then Healey's, in Ipswich.
The primary function of Jardine Press has always been to promote James'
linocuts which are on view on this website and his interest
in the boats, folklore and history of the East Coast landscape where
he feels most at home. However, this doesn't preclude collaborating
with other artists and poets. The most enduring and rewarding of these
partnerships have been with Wivenhoe's own Martin Newell and Northumberland's
Katrina Porteous. James' paintings can be seen on his website: jamesdodds.co.uk
have now set the website up so that you can buy books and prints directly
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