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Help me bring community printmaking to the San Fernando Valley.
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112 backers pledged $5,027 to help bring this project to life.

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My Mission

I'm committed to bringing workshop printmaking and papermaking to the San Fernando Valley, where nothing like it exists.

Reasons and Opportunities:

Both of these arts are outstandingly community-oriented. Printmaking has a long history of social engagement and practical collaboration.

Only recently has a non-toxic fully-equipped Printmaking studio become possible. This means that I will be able to open to all ages.

And this inspires me because:

Printmaking is a melting pot for digital & analogue, photographic & drawn, and multi-media methods. In an age that often downplays the physical quality of the printed image, graphic paper arts have become a bridge between traditional and digital approaches to how pictures can exist in the world.

To me, this means that printmaking can become a foundational rather than a specialized part of art education.

Just think of the difference between a grand piano and an electronic synthesizer. Then think of the universe of possibility and insight that belongs to those who practice both.

For a look at a printmaking environment: here's a video from the LA Printmaking Society monotype marathon at CSUN, last Fall.


This Kickstarter

The first move is to buy a printmaking press. 

That is what this Kickstarter funds.

John Greco of Josephine Press (http://www.josephinepress.com) in Santa Monica has offered me a little-used, and long-stored Dickerson Combination Press. The challenge is to pay $3000 by the end of June.

A studio will grow around this all-purpose piece of machinery. It can produce etchings, photo-etchings, lithographs, photo-lithographs, woodcuts, lino-cuts, collagraphs, and monotypes.

Please note that any pledges beyond the $4,750 goal will go directly into acquiring the materials necessary for our studio. Updates will be sent out to all backers.

A 28'' x 48'' Dickerson Combination Press.

Cost Breakdown

The press, cleaned and ready for production - $3000

Transport - ~$300

Press equipment (registration grid, polycarbonate bed, etc.) - ~$200

Kick starter's Take: $250

Amazon's Take: $150-250

Reward Materials and Shipping: $750 estimate

The Master Plan

This summer, my business partner Zeina Baltagi (http://www.zeinabaltagi.com) will be running a Kickstarter to purchase a hollander beater, the primary piece of papermaking machinery. The beater allows us to recycle all kinds of paper and fabric into print-ready sheets. This combines conservation with concept and turns our studio into a self-contained paper arts facility.

By the beginning of Fall 2013, we will be in the process of incorporating The Valley Print Studio according to the non-profit filing period. Within the next year, we will be staging a large organizational kickstarter that will launch our facility in a commercial space. At that point, we expect to begin subscription membership for professional artists, all-age educational programming, and artists' residency opportunities.

(See Risks and Challenges section at bottom for a recap and qualification of this plan).

Who I Am

I'm an artist and art-educator in the San Fernando Valley and a recent graduate in printmaking from the California State University at Northridge (CSUN). 

While completing my degree, I've taught classes, directed murals, coordinated workshops, tutored college-preparatory art students, and developed exhibitions at the college and community level. 

I am also an emerging fine-artist with my first international solo-show at 55 Ltd. in Berlin, Germany, this coming September. (http://55ltd.net).

Check out how I use printmaking at: http://www.mileslewisstudio.com/prints.htm


The Reward Breakdown -

Please note that any pledges beyond the $4,750 goal will go directly into acquiring the materials necessary for our studio. Updates will be sent out to all backers.

I intend to use this kickstarter to begin personal relationships with our community backers: I will hand-deliver the reward for any pledge of $75 or more, in the Los Angeles area.   


$10 - "We Talk Printmaking" Postcard 

A hand-developed cyanotype postcard (3.5''x 5'') with a note of thanks on the back. The first piece of print from The Valley Print Studio. This accompanies every pledge of $10 or more. 


$15 - Custom-Cut Print-Postcard

A hand-printed, and selectively cropped postcard (3.5''x5'' - 4''x6'') with a note of thanks on the back. 

$25 - The Great Print Grab Bag

A random print by Miles Lewis (sizes varied between ~4''x4'' and 14''x18''). For what a story's worth - you will also receive a technical explanation of how your print came to be.  

$30 - Limited-Edition Screen print or Cyanotype

A limited-edition 8.5''x 11'' fine art screen print by Miles Lewis. These series were made specifically to support this campaign. 

Relief printer Alec Dye and I screening your images at the CSUN print studio.
Relief printer Alec Dye and I screening your images at the CSUN print studio.

Custom Projects -



Custom Portrait Cyanotypes

Cyanotype is an alternative photo-process and a standby addition to the more usual techniques of printmaking. I will create a portrait of you or a person of your choosing in the same manner as the image below.                       

$500 - Custom Portrait Series

Miles Lewis will create a series of photographic cyanotype images.

The pieces will be inventively and respectfully interpreted from the portrait subject of your choice. 

Below is an image of the materials and techniques involved: 6 collagraph and cyanotype prints on fine art paper and fabrics.  

details: 

Prints and Print-Paintings

Rider - framed collagraph on paper - 27'' x 39'' - $350
Rider - framed collagraph on paper - 27'' x 39'' - $350
Candles and Ingot - Wax, acrylic, and relief prints on panel - 16''x20'' - $350
Candles and Ingot - Wax, acrylic, and relief prints on panel - 16''x20'' - $350
Plant Screen and Valley View - acrylic over lithographs mounted to panel - 16'' x 20'' - $350
Plant Screen and Valley View - acrylic over lithographs mounted to panel - 16'' x 20'' - $350
Wife's Majority - Wax over lithographs and collagraph, mounted to panel - 20'' x 24'' - $400
Wife's Majority - Wax over lithographs and collagraph, mounted to panel - 20'' x 24'' - $400
Still Life and Frame - egg tempera on panel mounted to stretchers overlaid with cyanotyped and painted fabric - 24'' x 32'' - $800
Still Life and Frame - egg tempera on panel mounted to stretchers overlaid with cyanotyped and painted fabric - 24'' x 32'' - $800
Brain and Boots - egg tempera and encaustic wax over cyanotype print mounted to panel - 36'' x 48'' - $2000
Brain and Boots - egg tempera and encaustic wax over cyanotype print mounted to panel - 36'' x 48'' - $2000

Risks and challenges

Once I reach my goal - I've got the press. I will immediately be able to create my own work. I will also be able to share this capability with students and colleagues.

The Plan Timeline:

This summer, my business partner Zeina Baltagi will be running a Kickstarter to purchase a Hollander Beater, the primary piece of papermaking machinery. By the beginning of Fall, we will be in the process of incorporating the Valley Print Studio according to the non-profit filing period. Within the next year, we will be staging a large organizational kickstarter that will launch our facility in a commercial space. At that point, we expect to offer subscription membership for professional artists, all-age educational programming, and artists' residency opportunities.

As with all such long-term projects, we can't make iron-clad promises for the timing of each phase. However, through these equipment-funding Kickstarters, we will be able to produce prints and paper and engage the community, through outreach and exhibition initiatives, at any level of operation or overhead.

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    A note of thanks on the back of a hand-printed "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio Events.

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    A note of thanks on the back of a custom-cut print-postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio Events.

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    The Great Print Grab Bag: A random print by Miles Lewis and a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    A limited-edition "Valley Gate" screenprint. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    A limited-edition "Valley Gate" cyanotype. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    A limited-edition Body and Mind cyanotype. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post our Facebook page. Invitation to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    A limited-edition "Body and Mind" screenprint. Please note that these are unique variable-edition prints. Each image has a different proportion of blue and red. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    Your choice of a "Body and Mind" or "Valley Gate" cyanotype and one random grab-bag print. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events

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    A set of the "Valley Gate" and "Body and Mind" screenprints, along with a grab-bag print. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    A set of 3 (all the same image) sun-printed cyanotype portraits of yourself or a person of your choosing. Just send me a photograph.
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    A set of 2 (all the same image) hand-drawn and printed cyanotype portraits. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    A set of 3 photgraphic and 2 hand-drawn cyanotype portraits of yourself or a person of your choosing. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    "Candles and Ingot" by Miles Lewis and 2 grab-bag prints.
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    "Plant Screen and Valley View" by Miles Lewis and 2 grab-bag prints.
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    Framed "Rider" collagraph by Miles Lewis and 2 grab-bag prints.
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    "Wife's Majority" by Miles Lewis and 2 grab-bag prints as well as a full set of "Valley Gate" and "Body and Mind" screenprints and cyanotypes.
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    A custom cyanotype portrait suite - 6 pieces, no larger than 22'' x 30'', each - fabric and paper. You will also receive 2 grab-bag prints and a full set of "Valley Gate" and "Body and Mind" screenprints and cyanotypes, as well as a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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    "Still Life and Frame" by Miles Lewis, 2 grab-bag prints, and a full set of the "Valley Gate" and "Body and Mind" screenprints and cyanotype.
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    "Body and Mind" by Miles Lewis, 2 grab-bag prints, and a full set of the "Valley Gate" and "Body and Mind" screenprints and cyanotypes. You will also receive a note of thanks on the back of a "We Talk Printmaking" postcard. Commemorative acknowledgement in the first post of our Facebook page. Invitations to all Miles Lewis and Valley Print Studio events.

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