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Let's move a 114 year old 7.5 ton heavy lithography Schnellpresse from Switzerland to its new home in Southern Sweden.
Let's move a 114 year old 7.5 ton heavy lithography Schnellpresse from Switzerland to its new home in Southern Sweden.
125 backers pledged SEK 110,309 to help bring this project to life.

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I bought a 114 year old printing press from Ernst Hanke, a retired Swiss master printer. The Schnellpresse will be the soul of my lithography print shop in southern Sweden - but the transport is extremely delicate, since the machine is 7.5 tons heavy and complicated to disassemble.

This beautiful and well-maintained press needs to be kept in use, not accumulate dust in some museum or even worse: end up on the scrap pile.

A Schnellpresse is a lot more like a steam locomotive than like a regular litho press: there's literally tons of gears, cogs and bolts. Only an expert can disassemble the press, ship it to Sweden and assemble it in my shop. Luckily we know just the man for this job: Willy Etter (http://www.steindruckmaschinen.ch/), who moved his first Schnellpresse in 1967 and has already moved this press once, in 1988.

The Press:
A "Steindruckschnellpresse" (Stone lithography fast press), built in 1904 by "Maschinenfabrik Johannisberg Klein, Forst, Bohn Nachfolger in Geisenheim a. Rh."
The last 30 years the press was the heart of a printmaking workshop in Ringgenberg, Switzerland. Hundreds of wonderful Paul Wunderlich lithographies have been printed on this press by one of the grandmasters of stone lithography, Ernst Hanke.


The total costs of moving:
We estimate the move to cost around 150,000.00 SEK, that's approx. 15,000.00 EUR. There's no way I can do this cheaper or by myself.

All the other things:
I've bought a barn in Småland, which will house the new printshop. There's a lot to be done tunil then, a new concrete floor needs to be poured, strong enough to hold the heavy Schnellpresse, the walls need isolation and new, bigger windows need to be installed before that. All these expenses/workloads are considerable, and so I've decided to ask for help with the one thing that I can't do on my own: moving the big Schnellpresse.

Once the press is set up and the barn is turned into a proper workshop, I'll print with artists, and have courses for local schools / communities.
While the area around the barn is quite rural, the "Kingdom of Crystal" / "Glasriket" is close by, with a strong tradition of glassblowing artisans, so I'm sure a lithography printshop will fit right in.

Stone Lithography?
Here's a video of Ernst and me printing together on the Schnellpresse in his printshop in Switzerland. (It's also the Making Of for the "Still Life" and "Summer Rain" prints you can find among the rewards!)

and here's Ernst and me printing with my students at the Litografiska Museet in Huddinge last year:

Where is this new printshop going to be?
In a converted barn in Småland, between Tingsryd and Emmaboda. I'd love to be in Stockholm, but with rents these days that's never going to happen. So Småland it is, in the forest, with all the space that's needed.

Why build a new shop, aren't there enough already?

I'm a lecturer in printmaking at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, which lost their printshops in a tragic fire in 2016, and hasn't made much effort to rebuild them yet. A new, independent shop with enthusiastic printers and a wonderful Schnellpresse, that's just what Swedish printmaking needs these days.

But first the press needs to move, and for that I need your help!

The Rewards:
Enough talking already, show us the rewards:

Schnellpresse Silver Support #1-3
Schnellpresse Silver Support #1-3
Schnellpresse print: Rainbow
Schnellpresse print: Rainbow
Schnellpresse print: Black Heart Magic
Schnellpresse print: Black Heart Magic


 

Schnellpresse print: Lithographer and Dog
Schnellpresse print: Lithographer and Dog
Bone Rain (silkscreen)
Bone Rain (silkscreen)
Dead Dandy Silkscreen print
Dead Dandy Silkscreen print
Schnellpresse print: Summer Rain
Schnellpresse print: Summer Rain
Schnellpresse print: Still Life
Schnellpresse print: Still Life

Risks and challenges

The biggest difficulty in this project is that the press has to move at some point, otherwise everything else is under control and in the best possible hands:
I've worked on this very press with Ernst, one of the last remaining Schnellpresse mechanics in Europe will help with the move, and I know and love stone lithography.

All that needs to happen now is for the press to be moved to Sweden!

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    Schnellpresse Supporter!

    A Schnellpresse postcard, and our eternal thanks.
    The postcard is a photo of the press, Ernst and Patrick, printed on a RISO at Endless Editions in NYC.

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    Schnellpresse Silver Supporter! #1

    A letterpress print, printed with Mark Herschede on a Vandercook press at the wonderful Havenpress in Brooklyn.

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    Schnellpresse Silver Supporter! #2

    A letterpress print, printed with Mark Herschede on a Vandercook press at the wonderful Havenpress in Brooklyn earlier this year.

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    Schnellpresse Silver Supporter! #3

    A letterpress print, printed with Mark Herschede on a Vandercook press at the wonderful Havenpress in Brooklyn earlier this year.

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    Name engraved on press part

    The cover of the ink-fountain at the end of the press needs to be refurbished. I'll use this opportunity to engrave it with the names of the generous supporters that helped me make all this possible. Be one of them!

    I'll email you a photographic proof once the engraving is made, and you'll be a permanent part of the press from that moment on, for the next century to come.

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    Pledge SEK 1,000 or more About $113

    Schnellpresse print: Rainbow

    Ernst and I printed this lithograph from stone on his Schnellpresse, one of the last prints made in Switzerland before the big press move. A delicate tusche wash under a transparent rainbow roll.

    Edition of 42, stone lithograph on 300g Zerkall paper, 41.5x27cm

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    Schnellpresse print: Black Heart Magic

    Black Heart Schnellpresse Magic. Crayon and tusche lithograph. Everything about this press move project is in this print, in one form or another.
    Ernst and I printed this lithograph from stone on his Schnellpresse, one of the last prints made in Switzerland before the big press move.

    Edition of 42, stone lithograph on 300g Zerkall paper, 27x41.5cm

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    Schnellpresse print: Lithographer & Dog

    A cute skeleton printmaker and a dog, drawn with tusche in classical Danse Macabre style. Maybe it is Ernst and his dog Happy, maybe it's me and my future dog, maybe it's someone entirely different. That's why I love drawing skeletons so much, it's what we all have in common. That, and dreams.

    Ernst and I printed this lithograph from stone on his Schnellpresse, one of the last prints made in Switzerland before the big press move.

    Edition of 42, stone lithograph on 300g Zerkall paper, 27x41cm

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    Pledge SEK 1,200 or more About $136

    Schnellpresse Gold Supporter #1

    Bone Rain
    Printed with Mark Herschede at Haven Press in Brooklyn, this silkscreen print has a wonderful, smooth fade in the background.

    Edition of 42, silkscreen on Coventry paper, 53x71cm

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    Schnellpresse Gold Supporter #2

    The Dead Dandy
    A reference to Nils Dardel's painting "The Dying Dandy" from 1918, the Dandy has now finally succumbed, but it's still all about vibrant colours, and about moving on. With this guy's help, what can possibly go wrong with a press move?

    Printed with Mark Herschede at Haven Press in Brooklyn.

    Edition of 42, silkscreen on Coventry paper, 54x74cm

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    Schnellpresse print: Summer Rain

    Another Danse Macabre variation, with a beautiful fade from yellow to a mint green, tusche clouds and brush stroke rain.

    Ernst and I printed this lithograph from stone on his Schnellpresse, one of the last prints made in Switzerland before the big press move.

    Edition of 22, stone lithograph on 300g Zerkall paper, 59x42cm

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    Schnellpresse print: Still Life

    When talking about this kickstarter with friends, I was advised to maybe not draw so many skulls and skeletons. Really good advice I thought, but then I arrived in Switzerland, grained a stone, had a coffee and got to drawing, and here we go, a tableau with skulls, Monstera and geometries.

    Ernst and I printed this lithograph from stone on his Schnellpresse, one of the last prints made in Switzerland before the big press move.

    Edition of 42, stone lithograph on 300g Zerkall paper, 61x42.5cm

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    1 Day of Printing

    Join me in Småland for a day of Schnellpresse printing. I'll have medium-sized stone ready for you to draw on, which we'll print in an edition of 30. Includes all materials such as paper and inks. You do the drawing and walk away with your edition at the end of the day, I do all the rest.

    This can be to produce a work of yours, or you bring a group of friends or colleagues who want to experience this wonderful press in action.

    Estimated time for this: May 2019. Let me move the press and setup the shop first. Travel to and from the shop at your own expense.

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    Print your own edition! (2 Days)

    Join me in Småland for two full days of Schnellpresse printing. I'll have a 50x70cm stone ready for you to draw on, we'll print it in an edition of 50, over the course of two full days, to make sure your image really gets all the work and attention it needs.

    Estimated time for this: May 2019. Travel to and from the shop at your own expense, stay for free in my guest house while we work on your edition.

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