Once a familiar sight on the streets of Sydney, sign painters would often be seen dangling precariously from skyscrapers, crafting beautiful signage and advertisements on the sides of buildings.
However, with the invention of vinyl lettering and LED billboards, the art of traditional sign painting is something we unfortunately rarely see much of today.
The Sign Painting Revival
Sign Painters – the movie
Roger’s presentation was followed by the eagerly anticipated Australian premiere of Sign Painters – The Movie. Produced by Sam Macon and Faythe Levine, the 80 minute film is filled with insight and laughs. It leaves you with a view of the world from sign painters who have seen massive changes in the sign painting industry throughout the United States.…
An open mind is a beautiful thing.
And to help achieve this, The Distillery believe in travelling the world.
For two weeks each year, senior members of our studio pack our bags, and take an excursion to learn more about our craft.
For The Distillery’s Production division, our aim is to spread the love of letterpress and specialty craft in Australia. Heritage and soul plays such an important part to our philosophy, and what better way for us to learn more, than to visit the United States.
This year, we coincided our trip to visit The National Stationery Show held in New York City.…
Everyone wins when collaborating with art and design. Following up on our 2012 Christmas Cards, The Distillery and Incu have teamed up again with Repetition – a feature installation at Incu’s Paddington store in Sydney.
Incu’s Window Project is an ongoing series, converting shopfront window space into a popup exhibition. In May, The Distillery’s artist designers Elise Polito, Ben Toupein and Daryl Prondoso were given free reign to develop a piece for display.
Cohesively bringing together three artists with individually distinct styles is no easy task. For The Distillery, we set out to highlight the beauty of the medium itself.…
Update: The Distillery now run letterpress classes in Sydney, via our Academy.
Dave Foster and The Distillery are partnering up to present a combined course for fundamental lettering and letterpress. For those who appreciate the tactility of using their hands to create artwork and printed matter, we have designed the course to be engaging, useful, and fun! You will have close one on one time with both Dave, Nathan and The Distillery in a very intimate and small class setting.
- Days: 3 consecutive Saturdays 27 April, 4 May, and 11 May 2013
- Times: 9:30am – 4:30pm, including 1 hour lunch
- Location: The Distillery, 115 Crown Street, Darlinghurst
Day 1 – Introduction & Lettering
- Course participant welcome and introduction
- Basic terminology and explanation of lettering
- Introduction to brief: To draw one word of your choosing, to be letterpress printed into a poster and stationery.
On November 30, 2012, The Distillery held Suburban Legends – a letterpress poster exhibition. Featuring thirteen Sydney artists, we celebrated the stories of suburban Sydney with an amazing array of designed and illustrated letterpress printed posters.
Good design has an amazing ability to bring people together. With proceeds from the night and poster sales to be donated to The Starlight Children’s Foundation, The Distillery devised a unique way to draw attention, and bring Sydney’s creative community together and support Starlight.
Using design and print in non-traditional ways, to reveal stories of Sydney.
A Suburban Legends invitation pack, featuring lenticular lens against three hidden scenes of Sydney, and a fold-out cotton poster.…
Sanda and David became engaged whilst on a brief holiday from Sanada’s home country of Canada in Cuba. This love of travel lead them to take their honeymoon before the wedding, which inspired the illustrations of a Tuscany town and vineyard used on their wedding stationery. Their wedding ceremony was held at All Saints Anglican Church in Hunters Hill followed by a reception at a Deckhouse on Sydney Harbour.
How was the lead up to your wedding day?
It was pretty smooth considering, the three months before the wedding went really quickly, through a combination of Christmas, holidays and hosting around 10 family members and friends over from Canada.…