in 2015, I decided it was the right time to pursue my dream. my dream was To set up a workshop where I could create select pieces of stationery and honest, hand-pulled lino prints. three years later, I have a small but, steadily growing, sustainable business. with a background in environmental management, it was always going to be a eco-friendly practice. in 2016, I restored a treadle based press (affectionately named Florrie) and today we are inseparable, we are a great team, a force to be reckoned with. She prints with such precision and grace. Every day, the smell of ink, the whizz of the fly wheel, the 'ding' as the rollers ink the plate are little reminders of why I love what I do and why we all should fight for our dreams. Florrie, the letterpress platen was built in 1872 and uses no motor or electricity. each piece is created with slow, deliberate execution.
I have many loves. My family and friends. Get togethers, where every one is eating good food and all chatting together about nothing in particular but, it means everything.
I love nature, the ever changing seasons, to get outside where I can spend ages looking at leaves and lichen on stone walls.
I love music. I love to listen to Woody Guthrie to Ella Fitzgerald to TOTO to George Michael to Haim to picture this. I love all music.
I love interior design, a lot. It can keep me awake at night. I did go on to study this and thought about this at one point as a career but the pull of the letterpress was too strong.
I love genealogy and can spend quite some time tracing roots! I got as far back as 1640 on my mother’s side but there is always more searching that can be done. It is a real passion for me and I love it.
living in Donegal on the rugged north west coast of ireland evokes my love for nature and reminds me of the fragility of the precious environment around us. I am also reminded of the people I love, who are no longer here with me and my desperate wanting to hold onto something of that time. In a sense, by being a letterpress woman, I am holding on to the past, looking after our future, our environment, encouraging people not to forget. All these reasons make me strive to make The Pear in Paper a success.
Thank you for reading, it was quite lengthy!
Lynn costello Erskine