Happy Holidays!

Stacy Rajab linocut on etsy.

Between now and the new year we will be closing up shop, both to enjoy some much needed time off with family and friends, and also implement some major site changes for 2013! Don’t worry, our mission and content will be true to form but you definitely want to stop back on New Year’s Day to see our new look and increased functionality. And if you stop by between Christmas and New Year’s, you won’t find the site but you will be treated to a fantastic splash page by printmaker/illustrator Daniel Maw. Now for our annual review- 2012 was quite a year for print and for Printeresting!

Prof Koichi Yamamoto using Printeresting Black in Knoxville.

Let’s start with Printeresting Black. To mark our 4th anniversary, we collaborated with Gamblin Artists Colors to produce our own unique hue of black etching ink. Fifty of these limited edition art supply/art objects were distributed to various academic and non-profit print shops around the country. The ink was big hit; we’ll have more news regarding Printeresting Black after our winter break!

Rum Riot Press installation shot.

The summer, we were curators & art bloggers-in-residence at the lovely Space Gallery in Portland, ME, where we organized Rum Riot Press exhibition. This sprawling survey of zine and small press artists books was a joy to curate and gave us an excuse to relaunch of the PDF of the Month.

Aliene de Souza Howell from her print-based installation, The Tomorrow Forest.

The year was full of amazing artwork and exhibitions. MoMA’s Print/Out was a centerpiece of conversation but it was far from the only print show to discuss. With the help of our growing list of talented contributors, we continued to provide a window into cutting edge print exhibitions all over the world. From Just Press Print in the UK and the ARTZINE Fair in Austria, to closer to home exhibitions like Printivale in Peterborough, NH, and Adrienne Herman at Western Exhibitions in Chicago, IL, there was plenty to of printwork to share.

Adriane Herman and Brian Reeves, detail of Dually Noted tiled wallpaper, (2012). Archival dye-jet prints. Each sheet: 27″ x 20″ Edition: 100. Image courtesy of the artist and Western Exhibitions

We viewed the print studios of Dutch designers-turned-printers, visited gig poster shops in Austin, TX, stopped by community print shops in Cleveland, OH and Colorado letterpress shops with a hallowed literary histories. And, of course, there were also print studios on bicycles!

Crystal Wagner was represented in force at this year’s print conferences.

In terms of conferences, Amanda Lee and Sage Dawson provided us all with great coverage of the MAPC 2012. And a number of talented guest contributors ran all over the SGCI 2012 conference giving those of us who couldn’t be there a real feel for the event.

Remember our March post about the Vista Sans Wood Type Project? See what they are up to now!

A booth at the IFPDA Fair from Ben Levy’s post. 

Super Storm Sandy caused massive damage and heart ache on the east coast. Amongst it’s smaller tragedies was a disrupted Print Week NY and what looked like a cancelled E/AB. We were happy to step in with the  Virtual E/AB series of posts. Just as we wrapped up the last of the series, we learned that the E/AB had been miraculously revived giving us something else to look forward to in January. We can’t wait!

 

…Whew. Another good year.
Time for some of that Printmakers ‘Nog!

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2 Responses to “Happy Holidays!”

  1. Stacy Rajab says:

    Happy Holidays!!! Can’t wait for the new changes to be posted. Thank you so very much for including my print! 🙂

  2. Jason Urban says:

    Thanks, Stacy. Your print captures the perfect sentiment! Happy holidays.