Who said print is dead?! Learn both physical and digital printing at PrintLab this Saturday at the National Print Museum

Creative Maker logo (Courtesy of Creative Maker site)

Have you ever wanted to design your own poster or card? Well now you have the chance to materialise those design ideas and get your creativity flowing this coming Saturday, the 16th. at the launch of PrintLab, in the National Print Museum. The Beggars Bush museum will be one of four different cultural centers involved as part of the Creative Makers project, co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme. Other countries involved in the project include Italy, Spain, and Estonia.


The Creative Europe Programme strives to support heritage and cultural sectors internationally by funding innovative projects for the populous. In doing so, they aim to strengthen cultural bonds within Europe and further afield, while also generating fresh interest in existing heritage closer to home by developing audiences. The actions undertaken will hopefully generate more funding and employment within the small to medium creative sectors within Europe and will highlight the importance of linguistic diversity across the continent.


PrintLab’s goal is to involve all families and children to take part in “hands-on social experiences” in order to teach them about the current communicative aspects of letterpress printing and the historical relevance of the skill. These workshops are inspired by the ‘Fablab’ concept, which provides tools and spaces for public technological designs and craft exploration.The workshops will be based around both digital creation and physical printing, merging the two for an enhanced learning experience. Likewise, the delivery of the ‘Fablab-style’ workshops will encourage both team skills and individual skills.


As stated in the press release, the launch workshop will be led by the letterpress printing artist Mary Plunkett and all are welcome. PrintLab will be open to the public on Saturday February 16th, from 14:00-16:30 and is a free event.


For more information from the Print Museum email info@nationalprintmuseum.ie

To see some of Mary Plunketts’ work visit her website at http://maryplunkett.ie/

By Geneva Pattison