Today we have a wonderful chat with Ben Grib. Enjoy Guys!
Who is Ben Grib and what do you do?
I am a 34 year !old farmer / designer living in the mountains outside Citrusdal. My wife and I run a letterpress company called Essie Letterpress for which I am the creative director/ mechanic /tea lady/ curator/designer. We moved out here about 4 years ago from Cape town to take the pace down a couple of notches.
How would you define your style or art?
My style is slowly evolving into something beyond a chameleon approach. I used to see everything as a challenge and a skill to master, but these days I focus on what I will want to hang in my own house. My style is mostly limited by the letterpress process due to the printing constraints, but I do like to take the medium and push it to the capability of our machines. I love working with lines, patterns, facets and scripts fonts.
What inspires your work?
Vintage textbook illustrations, travel posters. When I am stuck on logo or design I go for a drive round the farm and when come back to the computer the answer is staring me in the face. So you can say that nature is a big inspiration as well. I love technical drawings and building plans as well.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently designing a food truck and curating our annual Artist’s Almanac that showcases the most exiting talent that SA has to offer. I am also learning to negotiate my way around my 4 month old son.
What advice would you give young creatives looking to do what you do?
Pen and paper is your best friend.
Where can our readers follow your work?