Posts By: Nate Beaty

In Progress Sponsor: Megan Lee Designs

Megan Owdon-Weitz, of Megan Lee Designs, is offering up one of her quirky, screenprinted t-shirts for Spudnik’s “In Progress” Benefit Auction. Bid on the chance to choose from an array of well-made, hand-printed tees…choosing your size and favorite design! Check out Megan’s store for a sneak peak of what’s offered!

In Progress Sponsor: Kelsey Keaton

Special thanks to Kelsey Keaton, of Whimsylore, for donating a beautiful letterpress journal and bookmark for Spudnik’s Fall Benefit Auction. Come and place your bid on Saturday, September 29 from 6-10pm! Kelsey is a book artist, illustrator, a collector and amateur entomologist, residing in Chicago.

In Progress Sponsor: Bloom Yoga Studio

Bloom Yoga Studio, a Lincoln Square yoga and massage studio, has donated a 1-month unlimited yoga package to the Spudnik Press Fall Benefit Auction. With a variety of classes for all ages and stages & their convenient location, the winning bidder is sure to get plenty of use (& relaxation) from this yoga package.

Bloom was voted Best Yoga Studio in Chicago by The Chicago Reader for the third year in a row!

A big thanks to Bloom for their generous donation!

In Progress Sponsor: Star Lounge

Star Lounge has generously agreed to contribute a donation to Spudnik’s Fall Benefit auction, “In Progress” on Saturday, September 29 from 6-10pm. Attendees will have the opportunity to bid on a flight of Star Lounge coffee beans for your brewing pleasure.

Star Lounge is located in Chicago at 2521 West Chicago Avenue. Be sure to visit and say, “thank you” for sponsoring your favorite printshop!

Spudnik Featured Artist at Renegade: Andrew Ghrist

Join us at Renegade Craft Fair on Saturday and Sunday, September 8-9 from 11am until 7pm, along Division in Wicker Park. Have a t-shirt printed from a selection of hand-carved woodblocks, made by a Spudnik printer! Featured here is a wood block carved by Spudnik volunteer, Andrew Ghrist.

Here’s what Andrew had to say about his experience at Spudnik and the process of carving his first woodblock:
“For the last couple of weeks I have been volunteering at Spudnik Press (Chicago) which has been a good look at how a print shop outside of school setting functions. I assisted Spudnik staff with they’re booth at the Milwaukee Art Festival here in Chicago as well as helping around the shop. I watched professional artists who depend on shops like Spudnik to have a place to collaborate with other artist and produce their artwork. They asked me to design and carve a woodblock for a T-shirt they will be selling this September at the Renegade Craft. I had never made a woodblock print or any other type of relief print for that matter, but I took this opportunity to learn something new. I was weary at first but as I became more comfortable with the carving tools I free handed a majority of the block. We haven’t printed any of the shirts yet but here is a picture of the block. I hope they are able to sell a bunch these!”

You can see more and purchase Andrew’s work at Etsy.

Renegade Craft Fair: Volunteers Needed!

Saturday & Sunday, September 8 & 9
11am – 7pm
along Division Street in Wicker Park

Join in on the fun with Spudnik Press as we print wood block t-shirts at Renegade Craft Fair!

We are also looking for volunteers to help out! Email if you are available to volunteer at one of the following times (2 people are needed for each shift):

Saturday, September 8
8:00am – 11:00am (set-up with Brandy)
10:30am – 2:00pm
1:30pm – 5:00pm
4:30pm – 8:00pm

Sunday, September 9
10:30am – 2:00pm
1:30pm – 5:00pm
4:30pm – 8:30pm (tear-down)