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The 10Press Project

10Press project Draft Expression of Interest Poster


What is 10Press?

10Press is a local, collaborative letterpress print project that Commoners Press is running in 2022 with Moreland community members in Melbourne.

We are looking for 7 participants to collaborate with us at Commoners Press to develop a one or two colour artwork for printing. Apply by Sunday 10 April 2022 to be considered for the project!

10Press was created with the support of Arts Moreland through their Flourish grants.

What kinds of participants are we looking for?

How to apply

To apply, send an expression of interest including

Submit your expression of interest by Sunday April 10 2022 by email.


The prompt

Moreland?

Commoners Press is looking for visual works about Moreland: Its creative future, its past or other hidden stories - in one or two colours.

Design or art work size: Anything up to A4 in portrait orientation. Submitted work should not bleed to, or past the edge of that size. If you have questions let us know.

Additional context: Renaming Moreland (Moreland Council)


Commoners Press

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The Commoners Press was formed in 2017 with the purchase of 3 traditional letterpress machines, one paper guillotine and various printing sundries (paper stock, printing ink and tools) from Ray, owner of Excell Press in Brunswick. Ray had bought them new in the 1960ies and sold them to us when he retired in 2017. He continued to show us how to operate these machines alongside Geoff White, a former pressman who completed his apprenticeship on the very same machines.

In January 2021 Commoners Press moved from Brunswick to Coburg North and is now part of Coburg Studios on Charles Street. A semi-trailer was required to transport this very heavy machinery.


About letterpress printing

What is letterpress printing?

Letterpress printing is a type of printing that uses raised plates or type to create prints. Letterpress printing is not as common these days but these presses are very well made, long lasting and finely engineered machines. For this project, we will be using our Heidelberg press and our Chandler & Price press. These presses are 60+ and 100+ years old respectively. They still work extremely well and are fun to use.

To see how our presses work, have a look at:

What kind of printing can be done with a letterpress machine?

Letterpress printing works well with line artwork, text and halftone images. It is not the same as digital printing because each colour has to be printed separately. As more colours are printed, it becomes more difficult to line up the colours perfectly (this is called registration). The colour of the paper stock that is used can also be a way to include more colour.

For this project, we are printing using photopolymer plates, which are plastic plates made from light sensitive resin.

For more on letterpress printing using photopolymer plates see these videos:


Disclaimer

At the end of 2021, Commoners Press received a grant from Moreland Council to work with creative community participants and groups based in Moreland. The outcome of is the 10Press project and the plan is to develop works from the Moreland community to be printed by Commoners Press.