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The Distillery Letterpress Printing

New York State of Mind

Posted on 02 March 2015 by daryl in News

It’s no secret that we love New York. It’s a constantly evolving city that unveils something new with each visit. From the music, galleries and museums to the vast array of bars and restaurants, it’s a place that brings us relentless excitement and inspiration.

In 2014 we were approached by Joanne and Kaz to help with their latest project. Previously we had successfully worked with the two on their restaurant venture, Vesta. Their new idea was was to bring classic New York style to the Sydney CBD in a modern and sophisticated way. Combining rustic charm with shared, farm fresh food and delicious cocktails; the Bowery Lane concept was born.…

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Synaesthesia – Colorplan coasters

Posted on 30 January 2015 by daryl in News, Specialty Printing

Elton John – “Yellow Brick Road” | Elvis Presley “Blue Suede Shoes” | Prince “Purple Rain” | Nena “99 Luftballoons”. Each piece printed with 2 colour plates, except 99 Red Balloons (3 plates), custom duplexed stock and custom die cut.

On the 17th and 18th of October, 2013, The Distillery launched its second studio in Jakarta, Indonesia. Alongside our aim to spread the love of letterpress, was also to spread our love of paper – In particular, GF Smith’s range of Colorplan papers.

Colorplan paper comes in 50 colours and holds letterpress impression beautifully. Its versatility and vibrancy makes it one of our favourite stocks for modern letterpress printing.…

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Lucky Black Friday

Posted on 10 June 2014 by nathan in News

To celebrate this Friday 13th June, something a little crazy is going on at The Distillery… We’re leaving Pantone Black ink on our press for an entire week!

What this means for you?

  • Beautiful classic black letterpress business cards
  • Fast 3 day turnaround
  • Lower production costs

Choose from 2 gorgeous paper stocks:

Coaster Board

Coaster Board is available in a white toothy tone, offering a natural and confident elegance. Available in 390gsm weight, the paper features a subtle fine grain, visible in look and slightly textured in feel. Learn more about Coaster Board.


Wild is a 450gsm paper stock featuring a soft feel, neutral creamy shade, and unique textured surface.…

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Open Studio – June 19th

Posted on 05 June 2014 by Courtney Jade in News

You’re invited to a night of design, drinks and demos!

Come along for the launch of our new design portfolio and workshop space. Have a drink, learn more about our design process and see how we work. The night will include live sign painting, script demonstrations and you’ll be able to print Distillery designed posters on our proofing presses.

This event is free however RSVP is essential. Please register at the form below, or visit the Eventbrite page for more info.

June 19, 6pm
The Distillery, enter via Crown Lane (rear of 115 Crown St, Darlinghurst 2010)

Online event registration for Open Studio – The Distillery powered by Eventbrite…

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Sign Painting- the pre-vinyl Sydney

Posted on 18 November 2013 by Courtney Jade in News

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.…

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The Distillery visits New York

Posted on 31 May 2013 by nathan in News, Studio

The Distillery visit New York

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.…

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The Distillery x Incu

Posted on 29 May 2013 by daryl in News


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.

The concept

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.…

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April-May Lettering & Letterpress Class

Posted on 19 April 2013 by nathan in News

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.

Course Details

  • 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.

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Invitation Packs for Suburban Legends

Posted on 25 January 2013 by nathan in News, Specialty Printing, Studio

Suburban Legends

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.

The idea

Using design and print in non-traditional ways, to reveal stories of Sydney.

The solution

A Suburban Legends invitation pack, featuring lenticular lens against three hidden scenes of Sydney, and a fold-out cotton poster.…

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The Wedding Day of Sanda and David

Posted on 06 September 2012 by nathan in Wedding Stationery


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.…

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Heritage soul with modern minds