Event Synopsis: BIG INK is pleased to partner with Two Rivers Printmaking Studio for a one-day large woodcut printing community event and demonstration. We will be utilizing BIG INK's giant mobile etching press to pull prints up to 40" x 96" in dimension. You are invited to participate by carving a block and printing with us! All consumable materials including paper, ink, cleaning supplies, and equipment usage are included. All that is required from participants is to bring a fully carved block. BIG INK remains in contact with each participant providing guidance and technical support when needed. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other regional artists while working in a creatively engaging space.
About TRPS: Two Rivers Printmaking Studio supports working artists in their exploration of both traditional and experimental printmaking. Through workshops and exhibits, TRPS provides education and instruction in the art and history of the fine art print. TRPS printmaking events are led by accomplished professionals and scholars in historical, contemporary and technical areas of printmaking. TRPS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering membership to all interested in learning and exploring the many forms of printmaking.
About BIG INK: BIG INK's mission is to inspire a greater public appreciation for large-scale woodblock printmaking and extend its practice. BIG INK is an organized network of creative thinkers focused on promoting the art of large-scale woodblock printing. The program was started in 2012 by Directors Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet as a way to spread their passion for the medium with other artists and the general public. BIG INK works by establishing a temporary print shop on site at partnership organizations, most often at museums, universities, art centers, studios, and galleries. Artists are selected, either by personal invitation or through a call-for-entry process, to attend these events and print original woodblocks at least 24” x 36” in dimension. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of artists have participated in BIG INK events across the country.
Event Location: Two Rivers Printmaking Studio, 85 N Main St # 160, White River Junction, VT 05001
Event Date(s): August 25th, 2018
Event Time: 10 am - 5 pm, please plan to remain on-site for the duration of the day
Criteria: Your block must follow these requirements:
Size: Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but not larger than 40” x 96” in dimension.
Material: Artists are responsible for securing their own ½” thick plywood, 1/2" MDF or 3/8" Shina for carving and their own carving tools. The plywood or MDF must be ½” thick, the Shina must be 3/8".
Fees: There is no fee for a participant in this event. All that is required of the artist is to bring a fully carved block.
Benefits: BIG INK events are best described as a concentrated burst of productive energy bringing together leading artists from throughout the region to network with each other and potential patrons. We provide the technical expertise and specialized equipment necessary to bring the artist's studio directly to the public in an engaging way. In addition, participants in this event also receive:
Professional Prints: BIG INK assists in the creation of multiple impressions from each participant's carved block.
Video Tutorials: Never made a woodcut or woodblock print? No problem! We've created step-by-step video tutorials to walk you through the whole process
Commonly Asked Questions:
Q: Can two artists collaborate on a block?
Q: What time are we expected to arrive at the event?
A: 10 am sharp
Q: How long are we expected to remain after our work is printed?
A: Until 5 pm
Q: What type of paper do we use?
Q: What type of ink do we use?
A: Oil-based relief ink, bring an apron and wear work clothes.
Q: Do I have to bring any other materials besides my carved block?
Q: Can we print in color?
In addition to completing the following entry form, please send your numbered digital images to firstname.lastname@example.org with the artist's name in the subject field. Entry fee can be paid with credit card or PayPal by clicking Add to Cart button on right.