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We are on the move in 2020!

661c657b084aa35269aad4102a4bba73Elephant Grass Print Collective is a diverse group of experienced and novice printmakers that have been sharing skills and equipment for over 6 years in our current space in Parker’s Cove. In early 2020 we will be moving the studio to a central location in historic Annapolis Royal and are looking for new members.

We will miss our neighbours, Coco the dog and Buster the window cat but not driving winding and sometimes icy rural roads. Our new location will be accessible by foot, public transit or vehicle.

Interested in starting or continuing printmaking? Come to our first meeting of the decade at the Annapolis Royal Town Hall Boardroom (285 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal – 2n floor) on Sunday January the 26th 2pm-4pm and find out how you can become a part of this exciting opportunity.
If you are interested but unable to attend please contact us at elephantgrassprint@gmail.com.

Be: Art Cards for Gender Safety

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Letterpress prints know Words without action are not worth the paper they are printed on. December 6, Friday commemorates the 30th anniversary of l’École Polytechnique shooting of 14 women because they were women. EGPC joined with 3 other Canadian letterpress printers in turning their words into a positive response against the rise of Gender based violence in Canada.

EGPC member Bonnie Baker took action with 3 other Canadian letterpress printers, from Nova Scotia, Alberta, and British Columbia. We created 5×7 postcards with their responses to the 30th National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and the horrible event that inspired it.

We then swapped cards, and the resulting sets of five postcards each are for sale, with all proceeds going to local groups raising awareness of gender safety.

The exchange is the printers way of calling out everyday violence against women, girls and LGBTQ2 individuals.

On Instagram Bonnie Baker, one of the four participating letterpress printers, writes about hearing of the shooting at the Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal on December 6, 1989,

“As a confident young woman in rural Canada listening to the brutal news, I felt kicked in the gut, a reminder every step we made towards equality, fair treatment and respect was still fragile and potentially dangerous,” she writes.

Here is what they printed: “Gender is a journey… from @EGPCPrintmakers, Souls are all equal… from @arquoisedesign , Health, dignity, autonomy … from @dogwoodetterpress , Got your back.” from @whiskyjackpress.

You can get a set by sending an email to elephantgrassprint@gmail.com

Suggested donation $20, or pay what you can. Monies collected by EGPC will be donated to the Elizabeth Fry Society Mainland Nova Scotia, or directed to a group of your choice.

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.

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.