The Distillery is a letterpress & design studio in Darlinghurst. Walking past the floor to ceiling windows outside you'll see a broad, open plan studio and 8 mechanical spiders pleasantly poised along the walls.
These are the printing presses, the oldest of which date back to 1890. They have great names like 'the original Heidleberg', the flagship piece for Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, a German printing company supplying half the world since 1850.
Taken from their website: "We run three Heidelberg Windmill and a Heidelberg Cylinder press to letterpress print, hot-foil stamp and die-cut specialty print pieces."
The Distillery is a new company working alongside Rockstar Memoirs, a yearbook design and publishing company who may have decided where and in what resolution your or your daughter's face appeared in your own high school yearbook.
The exciting prospects of these machines actually stem from their imprecision and mechanical action. The specific identity of each printed piece is made special with varied edges and bleeding inks, effectively engineered to conform to a design standard while maintaining an individual touch.
Recently The Distillery combined with well known events group, The Thousands for a Biennale demonstration event at Pier 2 on the harbour where, with the foot pedal press, they printed pamphlets for the whims of spectators: 'Johnny James Shark Respect Club', 'I Love Fat Chicks' etc.
Over the next few months The Distillery is planning classes for the public on how to use the printing presses and various other offset printing techniques. Keep your eyes on their Website for further information or visit the studio at 115 Crown street, Darlinghurst. You'll meet the friendly production crew, who'll be happy to answer any questions you might have about what they do in there.