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The Letterpress Print Workshop at the National College of Art and Design

2015 Summer Course in Letterpress in Distillers Press

Three Day Course with Mary Plunkett, Monday 29th June to Wednesday 1st July, 2015, 10am to 4pm each day

Designed for beginners or those with some knowledge of typography, graphic design or relief printing, this new course offers a fantastic opportunity to gain access to the Distillers Press, the only working letterpress facility in third level education in Ireland. The course will begin with an induction to the workshop, an overview of letterpress printing with examples of artists’ & designers’ work, an explanation of hand setting and an introduction to the use of the press. Following the first day’s introduction participants will cover two-colour printing and the use of wood and metal type to create their own work under supervision. This may take the form of prints, posters, simple books, cards or stationery, printed in a small run. The course will provide an excellent overview of the processes and materials involved in letterpress printing. A certain amount of quality paper will be provided but additional sheets may be purchased during the course if needed. Max. 8 people.
Book with CEAD, Continuing Education at NCAD:
The timetable of Summer courses being offered in 2015 along with the application form is now available
Full descriptions of the courses can be found in the brochure Summer 2015:


Sean Loves This

Card from the night of Sean's Tribute

Tribute to Sean Sills Posters

Collection of photographs from the poster exhibition in tribute to Sean Sills.


Famous 5 at Tribute to Sean Sills

A Tribute to Seán Sills
Seán Sills has worked in NCAD for over 30 years and will officially retire at the end of June this year. Not much can surprise him, but we managed!
‘A Tribute to Seán Sills’ — has been was to mark the occasion and to celebrate the great contribution he has made to the education of several generations of designers and to the life of the College at NCAD.

From left to right: Brendon Deacy, Sean Sills, Fiona Hodge, Pat Mooney and Conor Clarke.

For the Love of Letterpress

For the Love of Letterpress is a film from Dara deFaoite which was filmed this summer in the National Print Museum and here in Distillers Press. It premiered at the Design Week screening of 'Linotype the Film' in November and has only just gone public on Vimeo.

Featuring Seán Sills, Jamie Murphy, Mary Plunkett and a number of volunteers from the National Print Museum including Vinnie Caprani, Alf McCormack, Con Devlin and another Distillers Press alumnus, Nicola Carthy.

Never get tired of Alf's story about the pressman and his finger (wait 'til you hear)!

Vermillion Design Christmas Card

Last week, Seán Sills spent a day in Verrmillion Design printing their Christmas card on a Peerless Platen press. The press sits in their office in Distillery Road and has been largely unused for the past few years but after their day's instruction they're hoping to make much more use of it!

Seán tightens up the chase to put in the press under the watchful eye of Fiona O'Donnell,
studio co-ordinator and the illustrator of the star.

A preview of the star on the Christmas card
Anne Brady, the MD and Creative Director of Vermillion is also on the Board of Directors and the Curatorial Committee of the National Print Museum with Seán.

We're looking forward to getting our card!

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Robert Frost inspired Christmas Card

We've been busy the past few months and have loads to tell!
I'm hoping to get a few blog entries done over the next week and bring everyone up to date.

But in the meantime here is some Christmas related news. William Doherty in Third Year Visual Communication produced a letterpress printed Christmas Card to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of Robert Frost. He made a film of the whole process and here it is for you to enjoy!


Lina Nordenström Visit

Lina Nordenström (centre) with Mary Plunkett and Jamie Murphy

Today we had a visit from the Swedish artist and print-maker, Lina Nordenström, who works with letterpress and in particular, artists' books. Lina has been taking part in a residency in the Red Stables Studio in St Anne's Park and returns home next week. She will be back in Dublin in November, joined by her husband & fellow artist Lars Nyberg for their exhibition in Graphic Studio Gallery. Lina & Lars built a studio in Uttersberg in Sweden, "Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet" (GG - could be translated “Warehouse Workshop“), open since 2009, which is equipped for intaglio printmaking, dry methods and letterpress printing.

Jamie Murphy and I showed her around the press and Lina very kindly gave us two of her books in exchange for one of Jamie's prints from 'Albert Ernest and the Titanic' and one of our Ulysses Strands posters. You can see some details from Lina's books below.

Grafikverkstan Godsmagasinet (the site is in Swedish but you can view a few images of their studio)

Graphic Studio Gallery


Book Arts Course – July 2012

Some photos of the recent course in Book Arts held in the Department of Visual Communication in NCAD, alongside the letterpress course in Distillers Press. The course was for three days and was taught by Frances Breen. Thanks to Kay for taking time out from the course to get a few pictures of the participants hard at work!


Letterpress course participants and their posters

Here are some photos of the participants of the two courses with the posters they designed and printed - mostly using the large selection of wood type available in the press. 















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