Myrtle Street Studio is a functioning fine art print studio operated by artist, Jay Dee Dearness. The
Studio produces both fine and commercial art in the form of print and paper related media. This ranges
from intaglio methods of printmaking such as drypoint and etching through to relief methods such as
letterpress and linocuts; and stencil methods (such as screenprinting) amongst others. The Studio also
dabbles in alternative photographic print techniques and papermaking/bookbinding.
While Myrtle Street Studio is open to the public for gallery and book/print shop visits, the working
studio itself is a private press and access to the facilities is mostly by invitation. We do however accept
enquiries for collaborations with other artists, creatives and designers and run a workshop program that is conducted both from the studio and other locations.
‘Shelley’ was named after Mary Shelley, the British novelist who wrote Frankenstein. She is an MES Etching Press and is the beast responsible for churning out all of the intaglio work done at Myrtle Street Studio. She also takes care of some of our larger relief print work when we can press her into service!
‘Helga’ the Heidelberg is our ‘Windmill’ Letterpress (circa 1950). She is our letterpress workhorse and is a wonderfully precision oriented machine for all our smaller scale relief jobs. An amazing piece of mechanical engineering to see in motion!