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I am trying to purchase a printmaking press that will allow me to make bigger woodcuts as well as give my community access to a press .
I am trying to purchase a printmaking press that will allow me to make bigger woodcuts as well as give my community access to a press .
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Tipsey Turtle Woodcut 20" x15
Tipsey Turtle Woodcut 20" x15

 

Robot Color Woodcut 20" x30
Robot Color Woodcut 20" x30

 

Mounstruos Diabolicos Color Woodcut 30" x20"
Mounstruos Diabolicos Color Woodcut 30" x20"

 

Dirty Dog Woodcut 30" x 20"
Dirty Dog Woodcut 30" x 20"

 

Hyena Woodcut 20" x 15"
Hyena Woodcut 20" x 15"

 

Al Capone Woodcut 20" x 15"
Al Capone Woodcut 20" x 15"

 

Woodblock Printed T-Shirt Turtle
Woodblock Printed T-Shirt Turtle

 

Woodblock Printed T-Shirt Cat
Woodblock Printed T-Shirt Cat

Hey everybody! I need your help and we have to act fast! I have a chance to purchase a much bigger etching press than the one I've had for the last ten years.This is a used Charles Brand Press with a press bed that measures 36" by 60". That means I can make woodcuts that are 36" by 60" instead of the significantly smaller size  of 20" by 30 " that I am limited to now.It's hard to articulate but having a press this size would change my life immensely , as it would really impact the overall quality of my work. Bigger isn't always better, but in this case not only would my work be much larger, but it would allow for much denser/richer imagery.You'll just have to trust me, this is gonna make my work much better!I have wanted a press this big ever since I finished Grad school almost 20 years ago. The other major benefit of helping me get this press is that it will facilitate my dream of  being able to make my printshop "The Woodcut Funhouse " more accessible to the community.I know all too well , just how difficult it is in Mississippi to find a place to print a big woodcut , especially if you are no longer in college. There's pretty much nowhere ! This would be the biggest press in all of Mississippi. And I am going to be very willing to open up my shop to other printmakers that need a place to make a big print. I would also be able to host workshops for the public school students that currently have no place to discover the joys of printmaking.I am a hard working, prolific artist with an unbridled passion for printmaking. This opportunity will impact anyone I am fortunate enough to be able to share my enthusiasm with. 

Woodblock Printed T-Shirt Bukowski
Woodblock Printed T-Shirt Bukowski

 

Woodblock Printed T-Shirt
Woodblock Printed T-Shirt

 

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there really arent any risks associated with this project , Getting the press will simply allow me to make bigger/ stronger work at the same pace thatI am already producing. Once I get the press, I will make my print shop accessible to artists in my home town of Laurel, Mississippi , as well as other artist in need of a place to print.

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    Woodblock Printed T-Shirt

    This T shirt is printed by me directly from the woodblock that I carved by hand.

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    15" x 20" Woodcut Print

    This print is 15"x 20" and is printed in black ink on colored paper

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    20" x 30" Woodcut Print

    This print is 20" X30" and printed in black ink on colored paper

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    20"x30" Multi-Block Color Woodcut Print

    This print is 20" x30" and is made from four blocks , yellow, blue,red, and black to give the print the full range of colors

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    36" x48" Multi Block color woodcut Print

    OK yall! this is the exciting one!!! You get the first big print I make on the new press !!! I'm not exactly sure what the image will be yet, but if you know me , you know i work pretty quickly! Once we raise the money for the press, I will make a brand new, really big, really cool 4 block color woodcut. This print will be limited to an edition of 35 with 25 of them being available to my backers

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    Personal 3 day woodcut workshop

    For the more adventurous amongst you, I will give you a personal 3 day workshop.You make it to Laurel, MS and I'll conduct a personal 3 day woodcut workshop where I'll teach you everything you need to know about making your own awesome multicolor woodcut print. You provide transportation, you and a guest can take my standard three day color woodcut workshop. I've got a big enough house, you and your friend can stay upstairs . there are three rooms and a bathroom upstairs. i'll send my wife and kids out to my mother in laws farm for the weekend , and we can work on woodcuts as long as you want all weekend. but if thats not your style , we have plenty of hotels in town. I'm pretty sure you'll love visiting Laurel , but i know you'll love making the woodcuts!!! You choose the weekend and I'll clear my schedule! any time in 2017-18 is fine

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