Ruth Kirkby is a letterpress printer living and working in Glasgow using traditional methods of printing with metal and wood type but also experimenting with new techniques within the process. She is particularly interested in analysing the way we experience letterforms and society’s relationship to the written word throughout the history of typography.

Alongside her own research-led practice, Kirkby works in collaboration with artists and designers using letterpress technology. She also works as a Technician at the Glasgow School of Art in the school’s letterpress printing workshop and helps run the Caseroom SWG3, organising workshops, events and providing technical printing support.