printmaking

Golden Key PRESS?

A couple of weeks ago I obtained a relief/etching press, FOR FREE!

outsidepress

About 2 months ago, I met a fellow artist Mary Howat at the Artspiration Festival held at Fleisher Art Memorial. As we were checking out each other's work, she mentioned that she had a printing press in her basement that had been collecting dust for the last 20 or so years. "If you can get it out, its your's," she told me. We exchanged cards and I told her I would contact her in the near future.

basementpress

About a month went by before I got around to making that call- I found her card in a stack that I had collected showing and attending various shows in between. Luckily, she said it was still available! I went by her house to scope it out, and man, what a beauty! As you can see from the pictures (and can probably infer), the press is cast iron largely and heavy as hell! I ended up employing a neighbor to help me pick it up.

carpress
outsidepress

I have not fully dedicated time to calibrating it, but I did pull some tests and proofs.

crowcopper

I'm sure I will update more as I continue learned about this brandless machine, but I am still very proud and lucky to own it!

crowproof

Franklin Institute: Science After Hours Event, 7/11

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of co-representing Second State Press at the Franklin Institute’s Science After Hours event. Science After Hours is a program run by the museum that provides the space for socializing and adult-themed activities for working professionals. Last night's theme was "The Sixties". My fellow printmakers and I were doing a quick screenprinting demonstration using a pretty cool Ben Franklin Design. Here are some pictures from the night!:

Here's our set up, right across from the Giant Heart!

Here's our set up, right across from the Giant Heart!

The crew for the night!

The crew for the night!

Helping an attendee pull their print

Helping an attendee pull their print

It was a great opportunity to engage with people and spread the word about printmaking. So many people reacted positively and signed up to learn more and potentially take classes later on! I will definitely throw my hat in to be a part of future events!