What’s happening at Ruru Artisans

New Zealand has a fine tradition of art, prints, craft and many more high quality pieces. Ruru Artisans are a group of creative practitioners, that offer points of view with background stories of history of the making and the restorative processes of printing presses lying idle that are brought to life. Follow our stories and see what we are up to. Enjoy!

IMPACT9 exhibition

We first attended the IMPACT9 Conference in 2015 which was hosted by the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, and exhibited posters.…

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Posters – Letterpress, Digital, and Laser technology

We love old and new technologies and experimenting with a mix of design and printing methods. So we take advantage of opportunities to show and see print works, which in this case led us to creating designs for the IMPACT9 conference and exhibition run by University of the West of England, Bristol. The IMPACT conferences are an international multi-disciplinary event…

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Squintani Model 5 treadle letterpress

There is something meditatively satisfying when manually treadling a small letterpress, feeding in and removing individual sheets.…

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Korrex Berlin Special Hand breakdown

As any who run an older machine of any kind, there are challenges in keep them operational. So it was when we were about to start printing the Fennel series that instead of the satisfying whir of the inking drum motor, there was a single ominous click, then … nothing. …

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The Korrex Berlin Special Hand letterpress

The Korrex Berlin Hand letterpress proofing press exemplifies German engineering. Made in the 1970’s at Max Simmel Maschinenfabrik, in Berlin, Germany, the Korrex press even now runs as smooth as silk.…

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TH Pullan & Sons proof press test

It is always exciting making something work that was destined for the scrap heap. In this post, we test the now operational Pullan proofing press.…

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