We’ve got a new press in the shop! Well, not NEW, just finally up and running after more than 2 years of anticipation, and no longer just being used as a coat rack in the studio! That’s right, our 4-color t-shirt press is finally available for rental!
A few things to keep in mind:
To rent our t-shirt press, you must have taken both our Intro to Screenprinting Workshop (returning in June) and our T-shirt Printing Workshop, or you took our T-shirt Printing Workshop and already know how to coat, burn and expose a screen, or you already know those things AND you know how to screenprint on fabric, using this kind of press.
The t-shirt press can be rented for $20/hour. This is a higher rate than our usual $15/hour to accommodate the cost of the electricity for the flash dryer. Pre- and post-press time are still billed at $15/hour, so make sure to budget your time well and sign up for the correct slots on our reservations calendar. Your printing time on the press includes the whole time you’re using the press. If someone has signed up for time after you, be certain you’re off press in time for their reservation.
As always, studio rental includes photo-emulsion and remover, and use of studio equipment and tools. T-shirt press rental will include the press and the flash dryer. T-shirt screens are available to rent for $5 per day, or you can bring your own. You’ll also need to bring your own shirts, film positives, ink (for fabric of course), paper towels, tape, etc. And, just as with our paper-printing tables, inks must be water-based (no plastisol!).
Our first T-shirt printing workshop last week was a great success, thanks to our good friend Rachel Bone of Red Prairie Press. We’re happy to have her teaching this again in May, sign up here if you’d like to take the workshop (seats are going fast!). No experience is necessary, but this class does not cover all aspects of screenprinting. A full Intro to Screenprinting workshop or previous experience is required to come back to rent printing time in the studio.