Author: Elephant Grass Print Collective

The winter gods strike again

Our Members Greet and Meet has been postponed until Sunday Jan. 15, 1pm to 3pm because of a pending winter storm.

Interested in joining but don’t have a background in printmaking? Don’t let it hold you back from becoming a member in 2017. Sharing skills  and learning from each other is one of the best membership benefit EGPC has to offer. If you cannot come to the meeting next week and had questions about membership or training, please email us this week.

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New Members welcomed!

Readylogo-with-name to try something new or interested in reviving your dormant printmaker? Elephant Grass Print Collective is welcoming new members for 2017. Join us for the first membership meeting of the new year on Sunday, January 8, 1 pm, 30 School Street, Parker’s Cove. (Snow date Jan. 15th). Meet members and learn about what we have to offer your inner printmaker. If you cannot make the date, email us to set up a visit or ask questions.

EGPC is a community based printmaking studio sharing skills, space, presses and supplies with people of all skill levels from beginner to accomplished. We host workshops by members and invited printmakers for skill development, organize a bi-annual exhibit and build connections with print shops and printmakers around the province.

What you find in the shop when you tidy up.

At the start of every year  we welcome new members.  That means we also needed to dust off additional storage shelves and make room in the flat files.  While cleaning up we discovered we still had a few Water Box Sets remaining for sale. If you missed your chance in December 2015 to buy this fabulous set 8 prints by EGPC members plus our guest artist Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print.  View the entire set:

8 individual hand pulled prints illustrating the theme Water, on 11 x 7.5″ paper (image size varies) presented in an attractive folder with accompanying description for $125.  Only 25 sets were create, Only a few are left.  Sets can be purchased online using Paypal or contact EGPC directly using our email .

How is this as a little additional incentive -Laura was recently nominated for an East Coast Music award as Graphic/Media Artist of the Year. Check out Laura printing album release tour posters  on her Vandercook No 3 here.

A Star has left the building

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.

 

Measure Twice, Cut Once …

… fold and collate 27 sets.  EGPC members gathered at the shop to build presentation folders and put the finishing touches on the Water 2015 Box set.  With so many hands we made fast work of it. Consensus among those present is that this is our best set yet (we say that every year).  Still the 8 prints in the package make for an impressive show.

Thank you to contributing printmakers Shela Breau, Micheline Gushue, Dyan Hatanaka, Janet Larkman, Ted Lind , Janel Warmington,  Bonnie Baker and our guest artist Laura MacDonald Deep Hollow Print

For a peak at the 8 prints included, visit our previous post.

The water is rising

Keeping with the four elements motifs, Water is the theme of our 2015 Box set.   Members have been cutting, printing, embossing, pasteing chine colle, and transferring for months  to complete their prints in time for the launch of EPGC’s annual fundraiser.

8 individual limited edition prints on 11 x 7.5″ paper (image size varies) presented in an attractive folder with accompanying colophon goes on sale now for $125.  Only 25 sets available. Sets can be purchased  by contacting us directly elephantgrassprint@gmail.com

View the entire set here:

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Prints by Bonnie Baker, Shela Breau, Micheline Gushue, Dyan Hatanaka, Janet Larkman, Ted Lind, Laura MacDonald, Janel Warmington

snowed in?

is a pretty popular question these days. It is February in eastern Canada and the snow banks are over our heads.  Despite all that nature has throw at us, EGPC is staying toasty and busy.

Three new members joined in January bringing core membership up to 11. With an assorted range of experience and interests,  it is going to be curious what 2015 brings in way of workshops and projects.  Already we have been experimenting with copper sulphate etching on zinc and had a visit from letterpress artist,  Laura MacDonald of Deep Hollow Print.  She began her career using a Nolan Press similar to the one in the shop.  Tentative plans are in the making for a workshop with Laura. Time to get serious about using our letterpress equipment.

After the success of 2014 Box set Fire fundraiser. (we sold out at 25 sets)  we installed an air filter system in the studio improving air quality.  EGPC is committed to being as green and replacing traditionally used solvents with lower toxic substitutes whenever possible.

Our next planned event is a Spring Open House for the public in April.  Something to look forward to…