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… At long last, t-shirts!

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!

t-shirt press

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!).

t-shirt printing!

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.

Vandercook Maintenance Workshop

Don’t you just love taking things apart? It’s even better when you understand how to put it all back together?!

This Sunday, February 2nd, Paul Moxon, itinerant printer and Vandercook aficionado, will be in our studio teaching his Vandercook Maintenance workshop.

maintenance

Whether you use own your own press, use a community studio press, or are thinking of buying a Vandercook to call your very own, this workshop will provide excellent direction for your future presswork. In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn all the points of maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication for a Vandercook Proof Press, so as to be prepared for potential problems and make or direct repairs. We will also discuss any Vandercook models of interest and other brands as warranted. The workshop will be taught on our four presses, a Vandercook #4, two SP20s, and an SP25. Many Vandercook models share similar features, so even if your press isn’t in the list above, the workshop will be beneficial.

Participants are encouraged to bring questions, photos and/or broken parts. Paul will also share examples from his collection of Vandercook literature. Participants will also be getting their hands dirty on our presses, so dressing as sharply as the gentlemen above is not recommended.