PER­SONAL TOUCH

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE -

ANDY Olive says pa­per goods ap­peal to many ages and de­mo­graph­ics . “We have peo­ple buy­ing our work from aged five to 90,” he says. “Peo­ple ap­pre­ci­ate the fact that our work is hand­crafted and not mass pro­duced. “Our cus­tomers also re­ally get the story be­hind the work, they un­der­stand that it’s not just a ‘notebook’ but it’s a whole col­lec­tion of ob­ser­va­tions and draw­ings and de­ci­sions and feel­ings that go into each piece.’’ Olive and the Vol­cano, so named be­cause the stu­dio looks out to an an­cient vol­canic crater, is an ex­ten­sion of the cou­ple’s back­grounds in print­mak­ing and fine arts, graphic and in­dus­trial de­sign. Andy says the process of pro­duc­ing any pa­per goods is multi-fold. “It’s not just a se­ries of steps but it’s a cre­ative prac­tice that in­volves so many dif­fer­ent as­pects of our lives,’’ he says. “It takes weeks and even months of writ­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy, lis­ten­ing to pod­casts, driv­ing in the car, lis­ten­ing to mu­sic, draw­ing, ex­per­i­ment­ing, mak­ing mis­takes, lis­ten­ing to funny things, an over­heard con­ver­sa­tion.’’ As for us­ing the let­ter­press ma­chines it­self, Andy says: “Let­ter­press is a re­lief print­ing process so a raised area on a plate is inked up and pushed at great pres­sure into soft pa­pers. “It cre­ates an im­pres­sion in the pa­per that is un­de­ni­ably beau­ti­ful.”

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