Hello all, This is Ness, Spudnik’s Spring 2010 intern, with some recommended reading! Many talented writers, photographers, graphic designers, and illustrators have contributed to Jettison Quarterly, an online magazine dedicated to raising awareness about the art forms and cultures that flourish in Chicago. While heading into their second year, they have already covered myriad topics over the city’s diverse terrain. For an inside look into some local establishments, interviews with creative legends, the works of emerging artists, and much more, catch up on some reading at jettisonquarterly.com and be sure to check back every three months. To read about two of my favorite things, screen printing and roller derby, check out the articles on Sonnezimmer Studio in issue 2 and the Windy City Rollers in issue 4. Best, Ness
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This January, I was the luckiest girl, and was able to spend a solid month in Providence, Rhode Island at this gem of a printshop. AS220 and Spudnik Press have very similar birthdays, and I feel that despite our physical distance, we are close friends. Embracing the inherent democracy of the medium of printmaking, Morgan and Jay are two printmakers who are making shit happen!
A member of Spudnik Press passed along this link to me. During a live performance of their new album, MADLIB collaborated with a printshop called HIT+RUN. In substitution of the traditional Merch Table, HIT+RUN had an entire mobile studio. Purchasers of the new record were not only able to see their album cover be produced. They were actually able to choose the graphics.
While, I’ve seen live screen printing at a plethora of events, this incarnation strikes a cord as a genuine way to keep production local and encourage collaborations between consumer and producer.
Hope everyone is enjoying the new weather! If you are looking to try something new with your spring energy, we have just posted four new classes and a workshop. To learn or brush up on screenprinting, etching, block printing, or working on fabric, check them out and register as soon as possible!
As you may have heard, Spudnik Press recently collaborated with Artifice Magazine, an amazing brand new literary magazine. This magazine is so good, that I find myself reading short stories aloud to my roommate at the breakfast table. And now they have have put together a must see photo journal of their trip to Spudnik Press! If you appreciate good things, I highly recommend you read the following:
AN ORBIT OF SPUDNIK: A PHOTO JOURNAL by Andy Farkas
And when that leaves you wanting more, you can check out the release party this Saturday at Loft3A.
House Press Book Release
Debuting four books by House Press poets
Saturday December 19, 2009
1821 W Hubbard
Chicago, IL 60622
House Press is a poetry-centered group of artists and writers which began to form in Buffalo, NY in 2001. Its mission remains simple: to self-publish their own work and other work they variously believe in. Over the last year or so, House Press and Spudnik Press have collaborated to create covers for House publications and host poetry readings. Past readings have featured talented poets from the midwest, the east coast, and even Canada. Tonight will celebrate the release of new work by four talented artists from our very own Second City.
I would like to extend a sincere THANKS to everyone that came out to celebrate with us. I couldn’t imagine having a better time. The food was delicious. The band was amazing. The company was top notch. Everyone who came chose a free print to take home. And to top it all off, the night ended in a dance party…
Let’s do that every year….
Drink and Draw
Theme: Technical Drawing
Wednesday December 2, 2009
Drinks provided (or BYOB)
Suggested Donation: $5
@ Spudnik Press
1821 W Hubbard, Suite 308
Chicago, IL 60622
Drink N Draw is our monthly night devoted to drawing practices. There’s no teacher and no pretensions. We provide a theme for the evening and a little booze. Attendees provide a sketchbook and drawing utensils. Please come, and bring your friends while your at it- a theme beverage is provided (or you can BYOB) Suggested Donation: $5.
December’s Drink N Draw theme is “Technical Drawing”. There will be mechanical bits & pieces, gears & whatnots to draw from. It’s the last Drink & Draw of ’09 & there will be a spiked wintery beverage to chase away the chill- so bring some materials & we’ll bring the fun!
1218 W Morse
7pm: The Battle
Open Jam to follow
Spudnik Press designed and printed this poster for the 2nd Annual Battle of the Jug Bands. Bands include the Northside Southpaws, Hump Night Thumpers, and Deep Fried Pickle Project. It promises to be a good time.
It’s been a long time since I posted something other than in invite to a Spudnik event or a new print made at the shop. But today I came across a video that I can’t help but share. It comes from Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. A fellow printer and friend of Spudnik, Jessica Vaughn, was a resident artist at Women’s Studio Workshop last year, and cued me in to the great work they are doing. A more recent resident artist Abigail Uhteg put together this stop motion animation document how she created her most recent artist book. It is entertaining, and if you aren’t an experienced etcher and book binder, educational to boot!