About Us

And Our Culture

WE ARE DREAMERS, DRAWERS, CYCLISTS, GARDENERS, FANS, FRIENDS, FAMILY, JOKERS, HUNGRY.

Jenna
Hipgrave

Co-Founder, Production Director, Designer & Letterpress Printer

Jenna Hipgrave

Co-Founder, Production Director, Designer & Letterpress Printer

Simon
Hipgrave

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Simon Hipgrave

Co-Founder & Creative Director

Andreea
Nemes

Studio Manager & Production Coordinator

Andreea Nemes

Studio Manager & Production Coordinator

James
Karanikos

Designer & Letterpress Printer

James Karanikos

Designer & Letterpress Printer

Matt
Osborne

Designer, Letterpress Printer & Workshop Instructor

Matt Osborne

Designer, Letterpress Printer & Workshop Instructor

Olive

Welcoming Committee

Olive

Welcoming Committee

Led by co-founders Jenna and Simon Hipgrave, Hungry Workshop is a letterpress specialty print and design studio.

Based in Brunswick East, in Melbourne, Australia, we create tangible objects, mementos and artefacts, collaborating with creators, designers, makers and tinkerers. We foster a creative dialogue with our collaborators to reach a finished product that is true to the vision, maximises value and minimises waste.

While we’re not afraid to get our hands dirty with experimentation, we’re always hungry for perfection.

Always hungry, never satisfied.

FOR WORK THAT HOLDS WEIGHT

We started our letterpress journey in 2010 in an old tin shed in Caboolture, Queensland with two retired printers – Bob and Ken – who were happy to teach us their trade and incredibly generous with their knowledge. One day Bob and Ken offered us a printing press to take home. We had always dreamed of starting a studio together and that day the dream became reality. Fast forward 11 years later, we work with a fantastic crew of people, we have nine printing presses in the workshop and we call Melbourne home.

Letterpress Printing

Like you, we obsess over the details. We know that every project that comes through our doors is one-of-a-kind.

We specialise in letterpress printing, foil stamping, embossing and die cutting, using our antique machinery to create business cards, brand collateral, invitations, swing tags, packaging and stationery. We take our time hand-mixing ink and picking the perfect paper stock. We take great pride in the physical pieces we create.

All our presses are powered by 100% GreenPower and we can even letterpress your project without electricity, just good old fashioned human power. The paper stocks we use and recommend are uncoated, often recycled and tree-free, and occasionally handmade from our paper offcuts. We consider the finished product, the materials and our impact on our world for each and every project.

OUR PRINT

Object Design

Our design expertise combined with extensive production knowledge create physical experiences that are touching and can be touched, leaving behind an indelible impression.

We collaborate with a diverse group of individuals and organisations, from furniture makers, architects and cafe owners to social entrepreneurs, art galleries and couples on their way down the aisle – anyone that wants to make a meaningful connection in the real world.

OUR DESIGN

Driven by an innate desire to live in the moment and create more than we consume, we’re forever challenging ourselves to be more than sustainable. It's embedded in our process, our method and our people. This drive has led us to create Off–Line, an in-house range of stationery products that aims to strengthen people’s understanding of their potential and impact for doing and inspiring good. We’re further supporting this mission by committing 50% of all profits to celebrate positive mental health and champion environmental sustainability.

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TOGETHER WE’LL MAKE YOUR PROJECT AMAZING.
TOGETHER WE’LL MAKE YOUR PROJECT AMAZING.

We welcome all of our clients to collaborate and share in the process. Face-to-face consultation for each project provides opportunity to exchange ideas. A final press check as the project runs ensures you know exactly what you're getting, and from who – right here in our Brunswick East studio.

For us, there’s fulfilment in the journey of creation.

Say Hello

We love to curate, exhibit, talk and write about our design process and our craft of letterpress printing, and support fellow creatives doing the same.

curated

  • 'Twenty-Six'
  • ALNF fundraiser
  • December 2019
  • ‘Potluck’
  • Free to Feed fundraiser
  • December 2017
  • ‘Post Post Office’
  • NGV Design Week
  • March 2017
  • ‘Shelter’
  • ASRC Fundraiser
  • December 2016
  • 'RiiTUALS'
  • September 2012 & December 2012
  • ‘Trophy Lives’
  • May 2012
  • ‘Queenslake’
  • Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal
  • March 2011

exhibited

  • ‘Letterpress Around The World’
  • Kappan Tokyo 2018
  • July 2018
  • ‘Pinzilla’
  • May 2016
  • ‘Ladies of Letterpress Book Show’
  • December 2015
  • ‘The Director’s Cut’
  • Look Hear
  • October 2013
  • Obus Papercraft Installation
  • August 2013
  • Gorman Adventure Sneakers
  • June 2013
  • ‘Upfront’
  • March 2013
  • ‘Board’
  • NGV Studio
  • November 2011
  • ‘Seven With Another’
  • July 2011
  • ‘Stop Flooding My Record Collection’
  • May 2011

speaking

  • 'The Future of Design'
  • TDK Tuesdays
  • December 2019
  • ‘Print Isn’t Dead’
  • RMIT
  • October 2018
  • ‘Heavy Metal'
  • Mohawk Show
  • September 2017
  • Creative Talks
  • Renew Newcastle
  • October 2015
  • Volume Control
  • May 2014
  • Analogue Digital
  • May 2013
  • ‘Backwards’
  • Creative Mornings
  • May 2013
  • Sex, Drugs & Helvetica
  • September 2012
  • Look Hear
  • August 2011

supported

  • 'Whole of Discipline', Season 2
  • RMIT Communication Design
  • 2020
  • '#CaringThruCovid'
  • May 2020
  • 'Water, An Exhibition for Change'
  • Glasshaus Inside
  • 13 June 2019
  • ‘Simple Gestures’
  • November 2018
  • ‘Pattern for Yemen’
  • by A Friend of Mine & The Souvenir Society
  • October 2018
  • ‘Fossil/Human’
  • by Bonnie Eichelberger & Luke Elliot
  • January 2015
  • ‘I Believe in Space’
  • by Jess Cruickshank
  • October 2014
  • ‘GOLD’
  • by Sean Fennessy
  • October 2013