I’m delighted to have been invited by the National Print Museum to produce a print in response to their exhibition, ‘Print, Protest and The Polls: The Irish women’s suffrage campaign and the power of print media’.
Dave Darcy of One Strong Arm and Jamie Murphy of The Salvage Press have also been invited to respond to the upcoming exhibition theme exploring its contemporary relevance.
Each artist has produced their own letterpress print that will be on display during the exhibition. The prints will also be on sale in store and online from 16 May. Each print is of a limited edition of just 100 – commemorating 100 years of women’s right to vote and will be sale for €100 each or a special price of €280 for the set.
You’ll find more about the exhibition here:
Print, protest & the polls
Here is a short list of the letterpress courses I will be teaching over the next few months. Bookings are taken by the relevant organisations but do get in contact with me if you’ve any questions about the course. Each course description includes a link to more information and all the details on how to book.
25 March, Introduction to Letterpress on the Adana table top press, National Print Museum, 10.30am to 4.30pm. €65. Max 6 people. Click here for more information
19-20 May, Introductory Letterpress Weekend, Graphic Studio Dublin, 10am to 4pm each day. €170. (10% off if booked up to a month in advance) Max 6 people. Click here for more information
27 May, Introduction to Letterpress Books on the Vandercook proofing press, National Print Museum, 10.30am to 4.30pm. €65. Max 6 people. Click here for more information
17 June, Experimental Letterpress, National Print Museum, 10.30am to 4.30pm. €65. Max 6 people. Click here for more information
25-27 June, Letterpress Introductory three day course, Distillers Press, National College of Art & Design, 10am to 4pm each day. €185. Max 8 people. Click here for more information
This Summer I am delighted to be taking part in three exhibitions in Dublin and Galway.
Graphic Studio Dublin
The Summer Exhibition of new prints by Members and Visiting Artists opens in Graphic Studio Dublin on Saturday 9th July at 2pm and continues until 31st August.
Gallery Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Link: Graphic Studio Dublin
Olivier Cornet Gallery
‘Republic’ opens on Sunday 10th July at 3pm and continues until 28th August.
Gallerist Olivier Cornet has invited one of his artists, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, to co-curate a show to commemorate those who died in the struggle for Irish freedom. The group exhibition titled ‘Republic’ will also be a meditation on the goals of the “Proclamation of the Irish Republic” and how or whether the artists think that these goals have been fulfilled.
The exhibition includes work from Gallery artists Claire Halpin, Eoin Mac Lochlainn, Yanny Petters, Kelly Ratchford and invited artists David Fox, Beatrice O’Connell, John O’Grady, Eve Parnell, Mary Plunkett and Lorcan Walshe.
Gallery Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 11am to 6pm (until 8pm on Thursdays).
and all weekend: 12 noon to 5pm on Saturday & Sunday.
Closed on Mondays (or viewing by appointment only)
Link: Olivier Cornet Gallery
Galway Print Studio and Graphic Studio Dublin
Selected Poetry of Joseph Mary Plunkett and George Noble Count Plunkett
Galway Print Studio have Graphic Studio Dublin to join them in a joint exhibition to be held at the Connacht Tribune Gallery in August. The exhibition opens 15th August and concludes on the 28th.
Link: Galway Print Studio
This Easter I’ll be involved in a very interesting project between the dlr LexIcon and the National Print Museum. Have a look at the description and the link below: Spaces available!
Creating the Manifesto
Led by Clare Bell, Nathan O’Donnell & Mary Plunkett
Over four days during Easter 2016 (29 March – 1 April), participants will devise and write personal manifestos at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, and then use these texts to design and print letterpress posters at the National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Dublin 4.
This is an active, practical and fun 4 day project incorporating creative writing, design and print, during which participants will also find out about historical manifestos, including the 1916 Proclamation.
The project is free and open to those aged 16-20 yrs.
See more at: http://libraries.dlrcoco.ie/events-and-news/library-blog/creating-manifesto-project
Standard Edition bound in Hahnemuhle Bugra Butten
Winter Fair at the National Print Museum
Title page of ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’
This set of three books of William Butler Yeats’ poetry were designed and printed towards the end of 2015, the year which celebrated the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth. I had the opportunity to work with Yeats’ poetry for a number of projects during the year but wanted to take the chance to make my own books.
Each book contains one longer poem on which a three page fold-out linocut is based, as well as a selection of four or five shorter poems. The linocuts for each were exhibited earlier in the year with the Hamilton Gallery offsite at the Hawk’s Well Theatre as part of my exhibition, ‘Words and Fragments’. The linocuts had always been planned with these particular poems in mind and to fold down to fit within the books.
They were set in 18 point Caslon and printed on 170gsm Somerset Book on the Arab treadle press at my workshop. The accompanying fold out linocuts were inked by hand and printed on 250gsm Somerset Velvet using the Farley proofing press in Graphic Studio Dublin. They have been printed in an edition of 50, the first 20 of which (deluxe) are quarter bound in cloth with a printed cover and contain a three plate linocut. The other 30 (standard) are bound in Hahnemuhle Bugra Butten paper with a single colour linocut. A set of the deluxe is presented in a slip case. The deluxe binding was undertaken by Duffy Bookbinders. The bound size is approximately 17cm x 24 cm.
Linocut inked by hand
The third plate is printed
Linocut from ‘Sailing to Byzantium’
The Deluxe Editions at the Winter Fair, National Print Museum
The three books and their contents are:
Wild Swans at Coole
He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
When you are old
The White Birds
Sailing to Byzantium
No Second Troy
Red Hanrahan’s Song about Ireland
The Song of Wandering Aengus
Down by the Salley Gardens
Who Goes with Fergus
An Irish Airman Foresees his Death
The Lake Isle of Innisfree
The books were launched at the Winter Fair at the National Print Museum at the end of November and I was delighted with the very complimentary responses I received.
The three plate linocuts have also been printed in editions of 50 and are available in the Hamilton Gallery in Sligo and Graphic Studio Gallery in Dublin.
The deluxe are priced at €85 or €250 for the set of three. The standard paper covered are priced at €45. Please contact me directly for sales!
Somerset Velvet Newsprint and Somerset Book
Detail of ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’
Linocut from ‘The Song of Wandering Aengus’
Linocut from ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’
Linocut from ‘The Wild Swans at Coole’
Single colour linocut in the Standard Edition
This broadside was commissioned by the poet Joan McBreen and published by Artisan House Editions, based in Letterfrack, Co.Galway.
Artisan House, run by Mary Ruddy & Vincent Murphy, asked me to design and set the text of the poem, The Mountain Ash, to accompany an etching by the artist Margaret Irwin West. The finished broadside was launched to a great response at the Clifden Arts Festival on the 19th September by the poet Des Kavanagh.
It was a pleasure to work with Mo Irwin. We had a number of discussions by phone about how the etching and text would work together and the logistical details of the two printmaking methods. Mary and Vincent oversaw everything, keeping in great contact with Joan, Mo and myself.
Margaret Irwin West, Joan McBreen and Mary Plunkett at the laaunch of ‘The Mountain Ash’ broadside at the 38th Clifden Arts Festival 2015. Aoife Herriott Photography
Aoife Herriott Photography
Joan McBreen, Des Kavanagh and Margaret Irwin West at the launch of ‘The Mountain Ash’ broadside at the 38th Clifden Arts Festival 2015. Aoife Herriott Photography
Mary Ruddy of Artisan House, Joan Mc Breen, Des Kavanagh, Margaret Irwin West and Mary Plunkett
Joan Mc Breen speaking at the launch of the broadside of her poem, The Mountain Ash
Tony Curtis was persuaded to sing a song about the Rowan tree!
The broadside was produced in a limited edition of 150 copies. Mo’s etching of a Rowan tree with detail of the leaves is presented beside the text of the poem set in 18pt Caslon Old Face. Mo printed each copy of her etching herself on her press at her home outside Clifden, Co Galway. I then set the text of The Mountain Ash at The Belgrave Private Press and printed it on the large Farley proofing press at Graphic Studio Dublin. The typeface chosen was Caslon, in part due to Joan’s affection for the broadsides of the Cuala Press printed by Elizabeth Yeats and featuring the images of Jack Yeats. The broadside was printed on BFK Rives grey paper which gives a great richness to the final piece. In advance of the launch, 30 copies were framed in a waxed ash by local framer Pete Coneally and the remaining copies are presented in a cloth bound folder.
It was a great project to be involved with and I’m delighted with the final piece. It is available from Artisan House Editions www.artisanhouse.ie
It was my first time at Clifden Arts Festival and I was sorry I couldn’t stay longer. The “singing in the bookies” evening sounded particularly entertaining!
Here are some details of letterpress courses I’m teaching this June & July in Distillers Press and The National Print Museum. I’m a bit late advertising as the one day course in the National Print museum has already booked out but do keep an eye on their website for future courses.
Distillers Press, NCAD
Three Day Course, Monday 29th June to Wednesday 1st July, 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: www.ncad.ie/continuing-education/prospectus/
The timetable of Summer courses being offered in 2015 along with the application form is now available here: www.ncad.ie/files/cead_files/CEAD_Summer_2015.pdf
Full descriptions of the courses can be found in the brochure Summer 2015:
National Print Museum
5th July, 10.30am – 4.30pm
This course will introduce people to letterpress printing, specifically using the Vandercook proofing press. After an introduction to the typecase and instruction on how to set type, each participant will set their own piece of text using metal and/or wood type. Each participant should prepare a short quote, saying or excerpt of prose or poetry that they would like to set and print. The result will be a card or small print in a short edition.