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In 2003 the first Printer in Residence programme was initiated to encourage an awareness of the traditional printing and design facilities in the library and to foster the arts of book-making both within the University environment and in the wider arts community. Equal partners in the enterprise are the University Library, and the English and Design Studies Departments. With the acquisition of an etching press in 2005, there is now an opportunity to combine text with images. The results so far have been exciting.
In 2005, Brendan O’Brien, a Wellington based hand-craft printer, was invited to be the third Printer in Residence. While here two projects emerged: the printing of a tribute volume of verse by the artist Joanna Paul called access to lilac; and a first time printing of Bill Manhire’s and Ralph Hotere’s PINE sequence. One hundred copies of the former were printed and available for sale; 150 copies of the latter were printed, with 100 only for sale: 26 signed and 74 unsigned copies. Hotere’s PINE is the first publication from the new Otakou Press imprint, launched successfully in December 2005.
Ralph Hotere and Bill Manhire, PINE. Dunedin: The Otakou Press, 2005