Jacob Charles Wilson


The story behind London's most radical design studio: Inside the Paddington Printshop

for Huck Magazine
A poster of a doorway splashed with a big red X and the text, 'Another Empty Home'

There are some things that seem unimaginable today, given our narrow political horizons. In the 1970s a 17,000 sqft disused factory was turned over to a bunch of young radicals to turn into a community space and a print studio. The Paddington Printshop existed for everyone, from vicars to squatters, and was organised on the principle of mutual aid - sharing skills and never turning away people who asked for help. Covering the publication of Four Corner's new book on Paddington Printshop for Huck Magazine, I chatted to printshop co-founder John Phillips to hear more about the their contribution to London's radical printing history.

Let's change the small communities in which we live in positive ways, how do we do that? We apply our own skills, but we don't apply them as people who are above you and distanced from you, but alongside you. If you want to learn how to do it then we'll show you the tricks of the trade, and we'll help you do it yourself. We were turning the world upside down, in some ways, young and idealistic in others!