I’ll have a ten week course in letterpress beginning in Distillers Press in NCAD in the new year. It’s listed as Intermediate but I’m happy to take beginners too!
This ten week course is suited to students who have completed an introductory course or have experience with setting metal and wooden type. Individuals with a background in graphic design, typography, print, literature may find this course particularly interesting. This ten week course provides an opportunity to access Distillers Press and the collection of over 500 cases of wood and metal type. Participants will build on basic techniques of hand setting and, with guidance, undertake research and work toward a large project or set of small projects. This limited edition will take the form of prints, posters, booklets or cards and could involve typography, or illustration or a combination of both. As well as typography based projects, participants can make use of other relief methods such as printing from lino cut and digitally designed plates as well as printing with multiple colours and hand inking.
The course provides an overview of the processes and materials involved in letterpress printing, and offers participants a chance to develop a larger project over time.
Wednesdays, 6.30 to 9pm
Begins Wednesday 15 January, 2020 for 10 weeks
Course Fee €320
(scroll down to find course VC509)
In addition to the response poster I designed and printed to accompany the exhibition, ‘Print Protest & the Polls’ at the National Print Museum, I was also asked to print this replica print of an original suffrage poster from 1918.
The original poster hails from the NLI’s collection and will be on loan to the Museum throughout the exhibition period 17 May to 30 September. The replica was printed from a flexographic plate and printed letterpress on the Museum’s Vandercook press. The commemorative replica is made up of a limited edition of 500 posters that are now available in store at the Print Museum and online at €25 each. You can view and buy online here: www.nationalprintmuseum.ie
The paper was kindly sponsored by Antalis and the plate by Flexographic Plate Plan.
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 can view and buy the print here: www.nationalprintmuseum.ie
And 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