Located in the Donegal Craft Village in Donegal Town, The Pear in Paper is an award-winning letterpress and lino-print workshop.
Lynn set up The Pear in Paper in 2015, when she was on maternity leave with her third child: “I realised that I wanted to have my own business and be creative every day” says Lynn, “so I decided it was the right time to pursue my dream. From the outset, I wanted it all to be as environmentally friendly as possible, right down to the way I print; my card was made from recycled material and all packaging was compostable.”
Lynn Erskine Costello at work in her studio with Florrie, a letterpress platen built in 1872.
Lynn started with lino printing, something she had never done before: “I learned how to do it on the internet, and it developed from there. I applied for an Expansion Grant with Donegal Local Enterprise Office, which really helped me bring the business to the next level. I acquired a letterpress, which I call Florrie, which uses no motor or electricity – each piece is created with slow, deliberate execution. 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.”
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