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 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 craft of letterpress printing and typography while exploring through practice how this technology is relevant in today’s art and design environment.

 

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 must 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, working as an understudy to master printer Seán Sills. In a quest to further my printing acumen, I then moved to the UK where I worked 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 primarily with students of Visual Communication. The focus here is on typographic education and experimentation.

 

I have recently been acknowledged by the NUI, RDS, IDI, FPBA and the 100 Archive of Irish Graphic Design for my letterpress printmaking, publication design and typographic work.

 

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