The Salvage Press is devoted to preserving, promoting and pursuing excellence in design, typography & letterpress printing. It is the name under which artist & designer Jamie Murphy produces his letterpress printed books and ephemera. All the work shown here has been produced in various letterpress outfits as he endevours to learn from these great ambassadors, studios and workshops.

The aim of The Salvage Press is to actively preserve the age old traditions and crafts of letterpress printing while at the same time explore through practice how this technology is relevant in today’s art and design environment.

 

Although the process is labour intensive, difficult and tedious work, the art of composing and printing type by hand is one that cannot be underestimated. It is a craft that lies within the very fundamentals of typographic design.

 

The process of realising design through letterpress printing is one where each and every decision muct be considered thoroughly and executed precisely. It requires slowing down and respecting the technology, only then will the end result be worth while.

Having studied The History of Art & Design and Visual Communication, in 2006 I graduated with a first class honours degree from the National College of Art & Design in Dublin. I worked for and learned from many of Dublin’s leading design agencies before a desire to become more hands on in my approach led me to start a design studio, Fjord, in 2009.

 

In 2012 I completed a two year MA in Design through letterpress printing at Ireland’s foremost letterpress facility, Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin, working as an understudy to master printer Seán Sills. In a quest to further my knowledge still, I then moved to the UK where I undertook an extended placement working with Justin Knopp at his letterpress atelier, Typoretum.

In 2015, I was appointed to the role of Letterpress Printer at the National College of Art & Design where I work with students of Visual Communication. The focus here is on education and experimentation.

 

I have recently been awarded by the NUI, RDS, IDI and the FPBA for my letterpress printmaking, publication design and typographic work.

 

My books and ephemeral works reside in private and institutional collections across the globe.