livingExclusive Inspiration: Letterpress Love

o. 26 – May, 2012

Letterpress Love

In the heart of Sydney’s vibrant Darlinghurst sits The Distillery, a studio offering creative-minds a unique design and print service. Here, Co-Founders Nathan Leong and Jessica Foy - along with their team of savvy young designers - are embracing the ingenuity of a method largely forgotten in our digital age: the letterpress.

“We are all about sharing the love here” says Jess when I pop in to say hello. “We really want to get people as excited about letterpress as we are.”

Nathan introduces me to the team, in part made up of 4 weighty metal letterpress machines: Wolfgang, Heidi, Klaus, and Bertha (who is at present being restored back to her former glory). With a little help from these mechanical characters, The Distillery is able to create a world of custom and pre-designed prints; from gorgeously tactile wedding invitations and business cards, to stunningly intricate stationery and packaging.

Celebrate the art of the written word in your home!

written by Camilla Wagstaff

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    The Distillery in Darlinghurst offers a unique design and print service for the old fashioned at heart.

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    The team is leading a letterpress revival, spreading the love for this dynamic yet largely forgotten art form.

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    “Letterpress printing has been undergoing a resurgence of late” says Jess. She attributes this to a backlash on technology and the rediscovery of organic forms by creative industries.

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    For Nathan, the print industry’s success in the digital age will require a new way of thinking from designers who have grown up getting much of their information from the “magic box” that is a computer.

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    “We are being careful not to be solely printers,” he says. “You can’t just print these days, you have to pair it with something else – and that something is good design.”

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    The Distillery’s finished products are as beautiful as they are functional, with premium paper and hand mixed paints creating textural, tactile works of art.

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    “Design is a huge factor here, but so is the print quality” says Jess. “We try to do things a little different so that the printed article becomes something you don’t want to throw away.”

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    Nathan sums it up simply. The written word is responsible for distributing knowledge, and while the digital written medium is indeed a powerful one, there’s so much more out there. “We’re taking the time to open that up to people.”

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    The Distillery studio is open to the public on weekdays and by appointment on weekends, so if you find yourself in Sydney, be sure to drop in and say hi!

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