smiles wryly when asked how long it takes to clean the ink stains from his hands. It’s a mark of the trade he’s not sure he’ll ever be able to remove, but for the founder of
Brisbane Museum of Print
’s The Bacon Factory, the look is fitting. Harvey, a graphic designer of 25 years and Head of School at Design College Australia, moves fluently around the hidden inner-city space he and a handful of others have devotedly curated for the past four years. This is a vast collection of vintage print machinery, weathered tools and cabinets full of intricate treasures housed within the shell of an old small goods factory.
With the advent of perfectly formed computer type, the art and trade of letter press may well have vanished entirely, were it not for curious people like Harvey, drawn in by the soft thud of an inked-up…