Baltimore Print Studios

When I lived in Basel, one of my favorite places to visit was the Basler Papiermühle (built in the 12th century) where you could tour the museum, visit the artists crafting paper on premises, make your own paper (both watermarked and letterpress) and tour the gift shop to pick up other incredible handmade and letterpressed goodies.  The entire facility was, at one point, fueled by water energy.  I have a map of Basel that I still need to frame from the gift shop, in fact, and the texture is incredible.  The experiences I had there formed my appreciation and love for all things letterpress.

I just caught wind of a need in our greater local community...the Baltimore Print Studios is in the process of moving into a new home this month and next and they need community support to help fund what will serve as letterpress and screenprinting facilities to area artists.  They hope to have the following equipment available to folks:
1 Vandercook SP20
1 Vandercook No. 1 Proof Press
1 Chandler and Price 8×12
1 Chandler and Price Pilot Press
1 Craftsman Superior (“Pilot Press” clone)
1 Golding Pearl #1 Platen Press
1 Challenge 19″ Paper Guillotine
1 Ideal 18″ Paper Guillotine
1 CAPS Brand Vacuum Silkscreen Exposure Unit
15 fonts of Wood Type
Various cuts, borders, and dies.
The image above is a poster that they are using for fundraising purposes.  You can purchase one for $15 plus shipping directly from the site and help support local artists create a community-based center for all things paper and letterpress up in Baltimore.  And even if you don't live nearby and don't imagine you'll take advantage of their services, the poster itself is a important reminder and a perfect addition to an office or workspace.  Get out!  Do things!

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