Irish Ink

Dolmen Printing Plates Processing Adventure: Part 3

For my final post in this three–part series about the Dolmen Collection Printing Plates processing project, I want to share some observations about the collection. First of all, why does this collection matter? To answer this for myself, I thought about the most unique thing I had seen over the course of the project. The... more

Dolmen Printing Plates Processing Adventure: Part 2

When we last left off, I had spent many hours (hundreds?) creating data while processing the collection. Now I had to clean up my own work. I should mention, I have not yet earned my master’s in library and information science. I am due to begin this September at University College Dublin in Ireland. As... more

Dolmen Printing Plates Processing Adventure: Part 1

The Dolmen Press was an Irish publishing house active from 1951-1987, founded and run by Liam Miller and his wife, Josephine Miller. The Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University acquired the Dolmen’s design work, printing plates, correspondence and administrative papers in the late 1980s. This is a treasure trove of Irish poetry, the... more

Pauline Bewick, Irish Art Treasure

Pauline Bewick (b. September 4, 1935) Pauline was born in Bat Cottage, Corbridge, Northumberland, the second daughter of Alice Bewick (known as Harry). Pauline Bewick describes a delightful childhood and remembers walking to school barefoot as a girl. Each student had to bring a piece of “turf” (peat moss) for the fire at the school.... more

Leslie MacWeeney – Community Art Organizer

Lesiie MacWeeney (b. 1936) Leslie MacWeeney was born in Dublin to a professional family and taught by a series of governesses. She had polio as a child and spent some time alone. She enrolled in the National College of Art and also represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1959 and 1961. Leslie is known... more

Juanita Casey – Author, Artist, and Horse Breeder

Undated photo of Juanita Casey from the Dolmen Press Collection Juanita Casey was born under the name Joy Barlow in 1925 to what she referred to as “Traveling People.” Her father, Jobey Smith, was from the English Romany group and her mother, Annie Maloney, was from the Irish Travelers. Juanita’s mother died when she was... more

Michael Biggs, Lettering Artist on Paper and Stone

Michael Biggs is best known in Ireland as a Liturgical artist, who carved inscriptions, sculpture and church furnishings. He began his career cutting gravestones and actually continued doing this throughout his life. Biggs eventually carved some of the most important Irish memorials honoring her heroes, including the Memorial Wall at Arbour Hill Cemetery, burial place... more

Elizabeth Rivers, An English Artist in Ireland

This installment of Irish Ink is introducing Dolmen Press artist, Elizabeth Rivers. Rivers contributed a number of illustrations to the Dolmen Press oeuvre, which ZSR Library Special Collections and Archives is proud to house. Elizabeth Joyce Rivers was born in Little Pennys, Sawbridgeworth, Hertordshire on August 5, 1903. She was English, not Irish, which was... more

Tate Adams, Printmaker and Irish Expatriate in Australia

This installment of Irish Ink is introducing Dolmen Press artist, Tate Adams.  Adams contributed a number of illustrations to Dolmen Press publications, which ZSR Library Special Collections and Archives is proud to house. Tate Adams was born in Holywood, Northern Ireland in 1922. He lost his mother early at age 11. Tate’s father was a farmer and... more