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!

TH Pullan & Sons Proofing Press rescue

Some time ago, we were contacted about an old etching press that was about to be sent to scrap. It had been in use for many years at the Epsom Teacher’s College in Auckland, New Zealand but had since been moved around and left out in the elements as a piece of “visual art”. Not really knowing if we could…

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Renovating the WH Pullan & Sons Proofing Press

TH Pullan & Sons were an engineering company in Glasgow that specialised in printing machinery and proof presses. They went into liquidation c.1906, so it is difficult finding any actual information about the company or their products. This press is a wonderful example of industrial revolution engineering. Fully hand crafted and even after years of misuse and neglect, is still…

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Printing the Summer Fennel series of prints on the Korrex

Printing of the limited print run of the Fennel series of prints on the Korrex Berlin Hand letterpress is a process we love. The press is a joy to work with and the results, on archive quality paper and colour fast inks will last the duration of time. These prints are available now… well, while stocks last anyway.…

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Tae ki te toi: Colour in pre-European Māori art

In his paper, “On the fine perception of colours etc.”, William Colenso describes the use of colour by pre-European Māori from his first-hand experience of having met and observed the work of elderly Māori still alive at the time. The legacy he provides offers a rare glimpse into how ancient Māori created and used colour, shape, and texture for various…

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Lighting the way

The series presents a historical narrative that traces early contact between representatives of the British Crown, clergy associated with Church Missionary Society (based in London, England), and Māori chiefs of the far north of Aotearoa New Zealand of the early 1800s. The encounters occur prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and illustrate how an influential…

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