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A Community Printmaking Studio Located In The Heart Of Brattleboro VT
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    "One Day" Etching

    A hand printed copper plate etching with drypoint and aquatint. The copper plate was etched using traditional printmaking methods. Each print was hand pulled by yours truly. This is a limited edition etching printed on rag paper using oil based etching inks.

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    "Too Far From Close" Etching

    This humble 4"x4" copper plate etching was made to invoke a sense of place and homesickness. Various step etches give this print a full tonal range with focal points directed at the light sources. This etching is printed with warm black oil based etching ink on archival rag paper. Limited edition of 15.

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    "Foundations" Etching

    This little print was created using a photo based etching technique called photopolymer, just one of the various ways to achieve a print.

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    Mystery Print+ First Proof Press Sticker

    I will personally select a print from my archives and send it out to you! This print will be of high quality and taken from a limited edition. Pledgers will also receive a First Proof Press Sticker, show off you printmaking pride with this custom vinyl sicker. Perfect for laptops, presses, bathroom stalls, car bumpers etc.

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    Cat T-Shirt

    A T-shirt of cats lounging on a printing press. A blend of two of my favorite things. Hand screen printed by yours truly.

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    First Proof Press logo T-Shirt and Print

    Recieve a T-Shirt with my hand carved logo on it! This logo was carved out of linoleum by hand and was printed by yours truly using fabric based block printing inks. Those who pledge will also receive a mystery print along with the shirt.

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    First Proof Tote Bag and Mystery Print

    A custom tote bag bearing the First Proof Press logo! use this bag to carry whatever your heart desires. Pledges of this tote will also receive a mystery hand printed etching!

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    "Dwelling" Etching

    A beautiful hand printed etching with aquatint and burnishing. This etching captures a full tonal ranged achieved by utilizing the airbrush aquatint process. Each print is one of a kind and is part of a limited edition. The image size is 7"x10.5" and is printed on rag paper using oil based inks.

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    "Standpoint" Etching

    An etching made on copper. This print has dynamic use of perspective and multiple layers of aquatints to get various tones of grey. With very small details this etching invites the viewer in for a closer look. Limited edition print run

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    "Mainstay" Etching

    This copper plate etching has been a fan favorite for years. For the start of First Proof Press I will create an edition of this print for you all. Utilizing intaglio techniques such as drypoint, aquatint and soft ground, this etching captures a lush tonal range inside a unique setting.

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    Mystery Framed Etching

    Get a one of a kind etching that is already framed! Using only the finest archival materials, each etching is housed within a contemporary frame, ready to be hung on the wall.

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    One Day Relief Print Intensive

    Learn the basics of relief printing in this one on one intensive session at First Proof Press. Students will be guided through how to design, carve and print their own relief prints out of linoluem. At the end of the session students will have the knowledge and skills to print graphic, one of a kind linoleum relief prints as well as a set edition to take home.

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    Name A Mini Press+ Relief Print Course

    Get the opportunity to name a portable etching press and come hang out at First Proof for a one day intensive on how to create your very own one color relief print! Participants will be guided on proper tool use, basic printing practices and carving. At the end of the session students will have their very own hand carved prints to take home, and the skill set to replicate the process.

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    Screen Printing Intensive

    Spend a day at First Proof learning the basics of Screen Printing! Students will be guided through making an imagine on the screen, printing techniques and set up, running an edition and studio set up! This will be a one on one instructional course.

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    "Voyage" Framed Etching

    A large scale copper plate etching framed using archival materials. This 20"x16" etching rests inside a contemporary black frame with an 8ply mat surrounding the art. By utilizing aquatint and soft ground techniques I created this fantastical scene that draws the viewer in with its immense detail. The print is professionally framed with UV filtering glass and is ready to be hung upon arrival!

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    "Steal Away" and Name The Biggest Press

    This massive 3'x5' woodcut was hand carved and hand printed. Due to the size I was unable to use a printing press, so instead I used a wooden spoon to print the image. This print was carved from plywood and is printed with oil based ink.
    With a print this size it's only fitting one would get the honor to name the largest press, The American French Tool Etching Press. This is the cadillac of the print shop and will be the workhorse for all of the workshops. Im open for any names just as long as they are not offensive in any way. Keep it weird, keep it plain, it's up to you to decide. The name you pick will live on with the press forever! I will crate a custom nameplate so the press can wear the name with pride.

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    Etching Workshop and Comemorative Plaque

    This reward is perfect for anybody looking to learn the art of copper plate etching. I will personally guide you in a one on one 3 day session at First Proof Press! Participants of any skill level are welcome, first time printers or seasoned artists. You will leave with the knowledge of how to create etchings and with a set edition of prints to take home. I will also include any one of my etchings as well.
    On top of that I will have a commemorative plaque made to show my appreciation. This will be mounted in the studio where it will rest for the entire life of First Proof Press.

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    "The Hollow Earth" Framed Etching

    One of the largest etchings I have created to date. This beautiful hand printed copper plate etching sits inside a custom hand built walnut frame. The image is set back with a minor shadow box inside the frame and is framed using archival materials. The print is glassed with museum quality UV filtering glass which is nearly invisible to the eye and cuts down on glare. The print rests within a second fillet frame which further adds to the depth and a tangible quality to the frame. Metal accents line the corners of the frame to reflect elements in the etching itself to create a cohesive feel that is completely unique to the print. This is the only frame of its kind, perfectly suiting for an etching that is one of a kind.

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    Portfolio of Etchings

    I will assemble a custom portfolio of Intaglio etchings I created. This will be a very limited edition created exclusively for this fundraising campaign. The prints will rest inside a hand bound, archival portfolio. Each print will utilize the various processes of etching including aquatint, drypoint and soft ground.

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    Guided Year Long Membership and Plaque

    The highest honor at First Proof Press. Your pledge will grant you access to the printmaking studio for an entire year, open to all skill levels, be it experienced artists or first time printers. Participants will be guided through all the mediums and equipment at the studio with one on one instruction upon request. A plaque will also be made in your honor and placed predominantly in the studio.

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    "Easy Does It" Etching & Name A Press!

    Receive a one of a kind hand printed etching and the honor of naming a Printing Press! I will create a custom nameplate for the press and for the entire lifespan of the press (which is practically forever) it will go by the name you choose. Please keep it PG folks, no salty language or offensive titles. Feel free to make it as unique as you'd like.

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    "Comfort" Etching and Name A Press

    An etching I made to instill a sense of warmth and home. This detailed etching was etched from copper and was hand printed. With this print you will also be allowed to name a press! Im open for any names just as long as they are not offensive in any way. Keep it weird, keep it plain, it's up to you to decide. The name you pick will live on with the press forever! I will crate a custom nameplate so the press can wear the name with pride.

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    "Gentle On My Mind" & Name A Press!

    An etching I made after living out of my car during a roadtrip. With this print you will also be allowed to name a press! Im open for any names just as long as they are not offensive in any way. Keep it weird, keep it plain, it's up to you to decide. The name you pick will live on with the press forever! I will crate a custom nameplate so the press can wear the name with pride.

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