Coming to a close

The days have been flying by, and the Experimental Letterpress is coming to a close. We all have been putting the finishing touches on our reduction cuts, and they look nothing short of amazing! Below you’ll see how they are progressing:

Andy is so pleased with his turtle!

Sarah’s awesome elephant! (prior to her printing the type)

Sharbreon’s bright and cheery broaside!

Our final assignment is a bit of a free for all. We get to print a broadside using one of the techniques we learned over the summer. Historically, broadsides are one of the most popular printed formats. Typically created with large type and an image, they were used as handbills, playbills, and poetry platforms. In this instance, we each chose a poem and designed an illustration for each. There were a wide variety of themes, colors, and layouts, and they all turned out great!

At the end of September, the work created in this class will be part of the End of Summer Show, some of which will be available to purchase! We hope that you will come and not only support student work, but also creativity and development of new art in the city of North Adams! See you there!

No goodbyes…. Just see you later!

Hi friends!

I want to thank you all for making this summer as amazing as it was. I’ve learned so much over the past few months and have met some great people along the way!

I learned how to prep a gallery and hang work:

Host an opening:

Operate and print on the press:

I could continue, but I’d have to make this an entire presentation! The city of North Adams has shown me that as long as there is someone to appreciate it, art can thrive anywhere. I’d like to send a special thanks to Pam and Andy for being my comic relief on slow days, and being such great team members to work with. I’d also like to thank Melanie for all of her insight and guidance through this entire process. She’s shown me so much about art, education, and the world of letterpress. Most of all thanks to all of you for being my “eyes and ears” this summer. As I get ready to head back to 100+ degree weather and grad school, I’ll cherish the mild summers and preofessional/life lessons I’ve learned during my time here. You know how I feel about goodbyes, so I’ll see you later! :)

-Sharbreon

A Call for Membership

When you become a member, you’ll receive our monthly postcard like the one above.

 

Hello everyone!

Thanks to all of you we have had a great summer thus far and we hope to finish out with a bang! As we continue to grow and develop, we will need that support to move forward into the future. Membership plays a huge part in our growth, both artistically and financially. When you become a member of PRESS you’re investing in a public art project that is revitalizing a community and keeping the tradition of letterpress alive! Membership definitely has it’s perks. Just see for yourself:

Membership Tiers & benefits

ALBION: $25
A free print
Letterpress printed birthday card on your special day.

KELSEY: $50
Everything at the Albion Level
Plus an exclusive members-only print at the end of the membership year

ADANA: $100
Everything at the Kelsey Level
Plus our limited edition monthly opening postcards sent right to your home.

VANDERCOOK: $250
Everything at the Adana Level
Copy of out 2013 Limited Edition Calendar, to be mailed in December.
Plus recognition on our Wall of Fame and website

KOEING BAUER: $500
Everything at the Vandercook Level
Plus recognition on printed materials

GUTENBURG: $1000
Everything at the Koeing-Bauer Level
Plus a private printing experience

When you become a member of PRESS you’re investing in a public art project that is revitalizing a community and keeping the tradition of letterpress alive! If this is something that would interest you, you can always stop by or email us at letterpress105@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for your continued support!

The Wonderful World of Linocuts!

Adg is busy carving away linoleum!

In this week’s edition of “Experimental Letterpress,” we have ventured into the world of linocuts! A linocut is a printmaking technique (a variant of woodcut) in which a sheet of linoleum (sometimes mounted on a wooden block) is used for the relief surface. A design is cut into the linoleum surface with a sharp knife or linoleum cutter which produces a mirrored image onto a sheet of paper when printed.

For this week’s assignment, we were each given a number between 1 and 7, and had to come up with a design to accompany each that incorporated the number in some way. After much thought and deliberation, everyone ended up with some pretty awesome contributions! The linocuts will be printed using 3 colors: yellow, orange, and salmon, so there will be lots of cutting and carving to be done. Yesterday we printed the yellow layer, and I’m so anxious to see how the rest of it will come out! Check out the slideshow below to see our progress from last night, and stay tuned for the final results!

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THANK YOU!!!

Our new sandwich board!

We want to extend a special thank you to everyone that made last night possible. There was a great turnout in spite of the weather, and we had a blast! We got to introduce Katie Baldwin and her students to the city of North Adams, as well as showcase some of our own new prints! We hope you’ll pay us a visit if you didn’t get a chance to attend last night’s opening, or even bring by a fresh face if you’re already one of our amazing friends. See you soon and have a great weekend!

The fan favorite! “Gin makes me grin/ Whiskey makes me frisky” :)

Type High TONIGHT at PRESS!

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Hi everyone!

Tonight we will be joining forces with Downstreet Art to host our second opening: Type High: featuring Katie Baldwin and her students from Wells College Book Arts Center. This show is jam packed full of eye-catching colorful prints using a wide variety of printmaking techniques. The festivities kick off at 6 P.M, and will include live performances, new pop-up shows, and trolley rides around the city. Melanie even has a few surprises up her sleeve! We will be here rain or shine, so gather your friends and family, and come on down to 105 Main Street!

Experimental Letterpress @ PRESS

I’m sure that most of you know by now that Melanie is a professor at MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts). She teaches an array of fine arts/printmaking classses, and this summer PRESS is home to her Experimental Letterpress class. This amazing class teaches traditional letterpress processes including setting and printing type and relief image making as well as more experimental techniques like pressure printing and mixed printing techniques.

We have currently been working on a really cool process that Melanie learned at Penland School of Crafts. It’s called a sandragraph. As stated by Harry Reese,the creator of the sandragraph, it is a low-relief collagraphic printmaking procedure in which prints are directly off surfaces that have been covered by cloth and acrylic polymer gel medium, mounted type-high and locked up on the flat bed of a printing press, and printed in a traditional letterpress or relief manner. We even did a post about them earlier in the summer (found here).

These are examples of the plates that we used to print our Sandragraphs.

Here’s some the prints in progress!

The best part about this process is the fact that none of us knew how the sandragraphs would actually look! We all had a blast figuring out what the next step would be for our prints, and I can’t wait to see how everyone’s work turns out. As the summer continues we’ll be posting more student work from the Experimental Letterpress class. Some of it will even be showcased in the End of Summer exhibition so keep your eyes and ears open for details! Thanks for stopping in!

Getting ready for TYPE HIGH!

This week we prepare to say farewell to the work of our dear friends Barry and Julio. Ink in the Blood had a great run and we are so happy that we had the chance to share their passion and talent with the city of North Adams. Our walls feel so empty already!

Our wall is itching for some art!

This Thursday marks the second opening for Downstreet Art! Our next featured artist is Katie Baldwin, and the name of the show is “Type High”. She is an extremely talented printmaker and professor that has quite a bit in common with Melanie and what she does here at PRESS. This show is an exhibition that resulted from work created by students enrolled in “Art on the Press”, taught by Katie at the Book Arts Center at Wells College in Aurora, NY. This class provided an intensive focus on tools, materials, concepts and techniques relevant to relief printing. Technical skills were gained in setting type, carving images, registration of multiple colors, and printing on the Vandercook presses. Content was developed through the exploration of personal work in printmaking. Through workshops, discussions, critical analysis and making prints students developed sophisticated ways in which printmaking became a vehicle for the expression of ideas, content and personal voice (sound familar?).

We can’t wait to get the work up and host another amazing opening. Keep your eyes open for a sneak peek of what we have in store!

 

PRESS Membership has its perks!

We love our visitors and friends here at PRESS. We wish we could see you everyday,but we know that’s not possible. However, we do have something special in place for those that can’t attend events and openings regularly. It is a way to keep a little piece of PRESS with you year round.

It’s MEMBERSHIP!

Membership definitely has its benefits, including great free stuff, services and recognition. Members will always be the first invited to participate in special workshops and events. It’s your ticket to priority treatment! Join at any level and know that your contribution helps fund paper, ink, type, and other materials used to make the work we do.

Check out our postcards we’ve sent out throughout the year!

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Membership Tiers & benefits

ALBION: $25
A free print
Letterpress printed birthday card on your special day.

KELSEY: $50
Everything at the Albion Level
Plus an exclusive members-only print at the end of the membership year

ADANA: $100
Everything at the Kelsey Level
Plus our limited edition monthly opening postcards sent right to your home.

VANDERCOOK: $250
Everything at the Adana Level
Copy of out 2013 Limited Edition Calendar, to be mailed in December.
Plus recognition on our Wall of Fame and website

KOEING BAUER: $500
Everything at the Vandercook Level
Plus recognition on printed materials

GUTENBURG: $1000
Everything at the Koeing-Bauer Level
Plus a private printing experience

Imagine your name on the Wall of Fame!

When you become a member of PRESS you’re investing in a public art project that is revitalizing a community and keeping the tradition of letterpress alive! If this is something that would interest you, you can always stop by or email us at letterpress105@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you, and thanks for your continued support!

Current events!

Hi everyone. First we’d like to send a special hello to those of you that just recently started following our blog. We’re so glad you found us, and we hope to hear from you soon!

The next few weeks are very exciting for PRESS. We have a few upcoming events that we wanted to remind you of, and hopefully we’ll see you at one, or maybe all three!

The first event is THIS Thursday July 19th. We are having A Printer’s Talk with Barry Sternlieb and Julio Granda, the featured artists in our current exhibition.

We also have an awesome Introduction to Letterpress workshop coming up! There are two date offerings: July 21st and August 4th. The material is the same for each, so it won’t be necessary to sign up for both (unless you feel moved to do so! :) )

 

You can find more detailed information on each event here.

For any questions feel free to email us at letterpress105@gmail.com. See you soon!