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!

Introducing local artist, Michelle Newman

Michelle Newman is a self taught who lives in Doubtless Bay. Her artwork is inspired by nature and she uses various mediums to create it. She sells her artwork through her online store, Michellezart Studio. Some of the products she sells include greeting cards, watercolors, and personalized letters. She also offers custom artwork commissions. Newman finds joy in creating art…

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Hand painting onto prints

Sometimes we opt to add some colour to pieces by hand. In this case, the colours added are Windsor and Newton inks and highlight a small part of the pictures.…

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How we crease gift cards

We crease gift cards using the Squintani Model 5 treadle press. Each card is individually creased by hand and as you see in this short video, it is a quiet meditative process. Enjoy the video and take a little time out with the gentle roll, click, crunk of the treadle press.…

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Printing the Tui and Duck pieces

As we have been sorting out various mechanical and technical issues, printing the bird series has been delayed for seems like forever. But this week, we have take off! The first off the press are the large Tui and Duck prints, which sport one colour so far.…

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A little bit of fun

Supporting the design community For many years, we at Ruru Artisans have loved supporting the creative industries and the adoption of new technology through direct action and consulting. While publishing is still a big deal in New Zealand (though COVID offered challenges recently), take the period between 2000 and 2010, when people were asking if publishing and magazines would survive.…

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Reworking Existing Iconic Children’s Book

The Boy and the Taniwha: This reworked book design was exhibited at the Bodleian Library at the Oxford University, United Kingdom, and is catalogued in the feature publication Heroic Works, for the Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2017, edited by Jeanette Koch.…

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