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Letterpress Printmaker

Do you believe in Jakarta’s culture of craft?

Do you love design, printmaking and beautiful paper?

The Distillery is a creative studio specialising in crafting brands, stationery, and cultural events. Headquartered in Sydney, Australia and Kemang, Jakarta, we’re all about the idea of seeing, feeling and experiencing design.

We specialise in positioning our clients in effective ways, often commercially, but always with soul and meaning. As a full-service agency of artists and craftspeople, we don’t just dream up the big ideas, we bring them into the world with our own hands too.

As a production studio, we offer letterpress printing, foiling, specialty packaging and craft production services to couples engaged to be married, professionals and organisations who love paper and tangible beauty.

A welcome to the prestigious letterpress trade- this program is a rare and privileged opportunity to learn about letterpress printing from one of the world’s leading modern creative studios – The Distillery.

Position Responsibilities

  • Paper cutting
  • Quality control and packaging projects
  • Photopolymer plate-making
  • Plate setting and registration
  • Hand mixing ink
  • Cleaning printing presses
  • Letterpress printmaking
  • Working in a commercial-craft manufacturing environment

Letterpress Printmaker Program

The Distillery’s Printmaker Program is suitable for those seeking full-time employment as a letterpress printmaker.

It suits people with existing skills in printmaking, craft, or hands-on design, and would like to establish a life-long career in commercial printmaking.

We are seeking hard-working creative people, passionate from the heart about paper and print. This program is not suitable for those who casually like to try new things, or in a hurry to get somewhere. Letterpress printmaking is difficult and involves hundreds of hours of training – which at times is very tedious and frustrating. Only those with the right intentions and have the patience to see things through, will experience the joys of being a professional printmaker.

If successful for the program, you would join a highly motivated team of young, like-minded professionals who care about design, and have an eye for Indonesia’s future by respecting the past.

Being an Australian company, The Distillery offers a strong and exciting workplace culture, where hard-work, innovation and success is celebrated.


At The Distillery, we’re passionate about helping spread Jakarta’s new and exciting culture of creativity.

Our Jakarta studio proudly combines world-class Australian quality, service and operational standards,
together with local Jakartan passion, know-how and creativity.

Applicant Suitability

Letterpress print and production is a highly specialised field, and not suitable for everyone. From our experience, the following 8 qualities are necessary skill-sets:

  1. high level and relentless problem solving skills
  2. meticulous attention to detail
  3. tremendous volumes of initiative
  4. ridiculous levels of patience
  5. enthusiasm from the heart
  6. very high level verbal communication skills in native Bahasa Indonesia and professional English
  7. ability to leave your ego at the door
  8. ability to adapt to a failure-based success regime

The Distillery’s standards are very high. If you are considering applying, you must believe in yourself and not be afraid to be challenged.

Training & Employment

The program involves an intensive training program from The Distillery’s studio in Kemang, covering both theory and practice.

You must be available for 5 days a week (Monday – Friday), for a period of 8 working hours a day. You will undergo a probationary period, in which you will be closely assessed by the Production Leader and General Manager.

Benefits & Culture

This full-time position offers a base monthly salary of Rp. 6-7 million depending on your skills, plus performance-based bonuses, leave entitlements, and insurance.

In addition to your full time wage and leave entitlements, with approval you will also be eligible for letterpress prints and resources for your own personal projects.

Most importantly, our team has a friendly and positive culture, with a track record of success. We’re driven by the understanding that professional success is achieved by prioritising the needs of the project, and professional happiness is about aiming to be number one – and succeeding. Yet within all this, the challenge is to not take it all too seriously. Life is to be enjoyed.

The Distillery is an organisation where we work hard – why? Because we’re all very passionate about the work and creativity we specialise in. Since 2011, we’ve found that with passion, excellence and a great team, close to everything we do becomes engaging and enjoyable – and this is something we’re very proud of at The Distillery.

Apply Now

Applications close 5pm 30 October 2016. We’re looking to hire fast, so it’s first-in best-dressed!

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