Pat Byrne’s printed antique book pages have become something of a phenomenon here at Jam Art Factory. Wonderfully offbeat, these whimsical images depicting everything from hot-air balloons, rare birds, bicycling elephants and moustachioed gentlemen are filled with his own brand of eccentric humour.
A Dublin printer by trade, Pat has settled in Co. Wicklow, surrounded by more than his fair share of unusual books. Antiquated dictionaries with quirky definitions, musical notation sheets and encyclopaedias printed a hundred years ago all form part of his collection.
He chooses each page for it’s individual charm, the aged paper has a natural patina, warm golden tones and a history all of it’s own. Pat is constantly inspired by this process and comes up with new designs all the time, mixing ephemera and pop culture to create something fresh with notes of nostalgia.