Commoners Press is a local startup print studio that works with artists and designers in Australia and abroad on short run projects.
We really like projects that are community focused, experimental, sustainable and/or regenerative practice.
We have 3 letter presses including a 100+ year old manual press and are currently working with 3D printing as a way of connecting new and old printing technology.
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- Our latest project is 10Press a local and collaborative print project with participants from
Morelandin Melbourne. For more information visit the 10Press page.
- We will be part of Melbourne Design Week 2022, Melbourne Artists Book Fair 2022 and Geelong Design Week 2022, visit the 3words page for more information and bookings.
How it started
The Commoners Press was formed in 2017 with the purchase of 3 traditional letterpress machines, one paper guillotine and various printing sundries (paper stock, printing ink and tools) from Ray, owner of Excell Press in Brunswick. Ray had bought them new in the 1960ies and sold them to us when he retired in 2017. He continued to show us how to operate these machines alongside Geoff White, a former pressman who completed his apprenticeship on the very same machines.
In January 2021 Commoners Press moved from Brunswick to Coburg North and is now part of Coburg Studios on Charles Street. A semi-trailer was required to transport this very heavy machinery.