Wednesday, March 23, 2011

The meeting of SENTINEL and the 130 year old pear tree


the whole landscape is in dull lustre

weaving through Sentinel

black as piano keys.

 The pear tree spoke clear 

 of the beauty of Hill End

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New skull and crossbones brooch from Hill End Press worn by Genevieve

Our newly crafted resin and alloy skull, just what the winter coats need.
$150.00 each from Hill End Press

Beautiful letterpress stationery ready for you at T2 stores nationally mid March

Our unique handcrafted letterpress cards have just left Hill End Press's country studio on a delightful journey to all the T2 tea stores

These are very very special cards for you, that really are all handcrafted from the very start, something that is a rarity today.
Our beautiful lifestyle here at Hill End enables us to be creative and develop gift cards that are as unique as the surroundings we live in.
We start by designing our cards with drawings of our garden where roses are abundant and develop the letterpress plates in our darkroom.
Then we hand cut our Italian cotton art paper with its elegant texture in two processes, this is then taken to the Gordons Platen Press a 80 year old foot pedal operated printing machine.
Here Bill hand places the cut paper, one by one into the printing machine operating it with his foot and this spins the large solid fly wheel and that turns the inked rollers and prints the image.
So one by one each card is printed and checked for high quality printing. I then place them onto the drying rack and here they stay overnight till the ink is touch dry.
Bill printing with careful consideration 
Genevieve inking up

We use our baby Adana to add the letterpress font 'For You'
Cards drying on the rack for the night
This is our card creasing machine, its an old chinese press with a shovel lever that we modified and we think the little red book was originally printed on it!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Cost $500.00 - including materials for one A4 photogravure plate and lunch provided.
Workshops are limited to four students
Dates: Commencing Easter weekend Friday 22nd April, thence, 3rd weekend of each month.
For bookings email

Our printmaking studio is offering 3 day workshops in this evocative but elusive intaglio process. In an interesting mixture of digital and traditional techniques, students will learn to produce and print a copperplate photogravure print from either a digital file or image produced here in the beautiful landscape of Hill End.
A knowledge of printmaking, photography and basic photoshop is required.
Please come prepared with:
High resolution digital file of images or digital camera

Sign up, payment and cancellation policy:
To hold a reservation we require a deposit of 50% of class fees and the remainder to be paid on the day.
2 week notice for cancellations to receive a full refund of the deposit.

Cost: $250.00 lunch included
Materials to bring:
50 x 75cm cartridge for proofing and quality art paper for editions.
Lino cutting tools

Come and enjoy the experience of using the 1960's Farley proofing press as printers Wendy Murray and master printer Antonia Aitken from Megalo studios did. Here you can learn to print posters with your own linocut designs and learn to set wood and metal type from our vintage collection.
Commencing: 30th April Sat-Sun and thence, last weekend of each month. Email for