Our oldest press, a currency press from 1830, has moved on to a new life with printmaker Maria Doering. Under utilized at EGPC due mainly to many members lacking the strength required to turn the wheel, we felt the press could be a better fit for the right printshop. Right now, Star is keeping a litho press named Germaine company in storage until Maria opens a printmaking studio in Halifax/Dartmouth Nova Scotia.
These type of presses were used to print copper engravings of bank notes, legal documents, even postage stamps. William Blake hand printed his illuminated books on a similar star-wheeled rolling press. You can see a British Library video about that topic here .
The hole left in EGPC’s studio has quickly been filled with another more modern etching on loan from member Bonnie Baker. Once we have gotten over our annual fundraising activities, we will have time to update website with pictures of the reconfigured space. Meanwhile we will miss decking Star out with her lights at the holidays.