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Check out the first print ever made on our Line-O-Scribe Letterpress! This is one of three presses that are new to Spudnik. Once it’s up and running, it’ll be perfect for larger linoleum and block prints! Soon this press will be available for use at Open Studio! Keep your eyes peeled for updates.

Summer Residency Applications: Due April 11

Stop judging our typography choice and go put together the proposal you’ve been dreaming about!
That’s right! You’ve got an extra week!

Download the simple (and fun?) application here!

Hashbrown 2011: In Review

The Hashbrown Fundraiser was an amazing event, and the first event in our new space!
People enjoyed tastes of chili made by 12 different print makers while walking around and gazing at art on the walls, or leafing through books. The room was packed and filled with conversation, and everyone came together to make our fundraiser a success.

Click here to continue following our Space Race!

The coveted Golden Squeeges were given to SAIC Student Print Shop for Best Meat Chili, and Hummingbird Press for the Best Vegetarian Chili.

screen storage
Our new darkroom has lots of extra space for people to mingle and move around in.

Thanks to Hornswaggler who provided a bar with creative and delicious cocktails!

Here is our Fall 2010 Intern, Aaron, delicately balancing and enjoying a drink and a cup of chili!

Art Gaze
A group of people admiring the lovely work of our Fall 2010 artist-in-residence, Sanya Glisic.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Hashbrown for making it a great night, and to all the volunteers who helped make it happen. We hope to see new faces in the new space!

Seeking Donations

As we gear up to move this spring, we are looking for a variety of tools. We are hoping to have much donated as we suspect some of these items might be sitting in closets going unused. E-mail or call us if you have something you would like to donate!

Small Items:

Cordless telephone
Flat head screwdriver
6 pairs of scissors
6 exacto knives
3 stacking or folding stools
6 soft speedball brayers, 3-6”
push broom
tear bar
spray bottles
paint brushes (small and large)
joint compound
white wall paint
paint rollers
letterpress inks

Large Items:

kitchen cabinets
plate cutter
large drying rack
automated screenprinting press
vacuum exposure table
vandercook letterpress
2-4 flat files
hot plate
microgauges and steel bed for for Conrad E-24 etching press
36″x48″ self-healing cutting mat
risograph machine

Art Documentation was a success!

Sunday, Jan. 30, was the first Art Documentation Day at Spudnik Press. It was definitely a long day, but rewarding as well. One thing that was fun that I didn’t expect was getting to see some work outside the field of print media. Thanks Maureen for making it happen! And thanks to everyone who participated.

We hope to do this again down the road.

New Chicago Comics

A few weeks ago, the New Chicago Comics show opened at the MCA. Included in the exhibit was work by Lilli Carré that was made here at Spudnik Press through our Residency Program. We were ecstatic to have work done at our community press represented at the Museum of Contemporary Art. If you missed the show, Thea Liberty Nichols wrote a review of the show for ArtSlant that includes highlighted images from the exhibit.

Free junk from our home to yours!

About a month ago, we had a big cleaning day and found some under or unused items that the press owns. We posted them to Craigslist, thinking we would make buck AND free up some space in the studio. Alas, most of what we unearthed is still here…

It needs a home!

If you want anything listed above, either stop by the studio and take it home OR send an e-mail, see if we still have it, and set up a time to pick it up. Donations for these items are super appreciated, but not required…

Clockwise from top left:
A. Adapter for a mac. From what to what, I don’t know.
B. 96 Cloth Pins
C. Walkman!
D. HP Scanner with attachment for scanning slides
E. A Boatload of free pens
F. Organizer, black plastic
H. HP LaserJet Printer, prints 8.5″x11″

Fall Artist In Residence: Sanya Glisic

Sanya Glisic

September 1 – November 30, 2010

We couldn’t be more excited to welcome our Fall 2010 Artist In Residence, Sanya Glisic. Below, in her own words, is a snippet of what she’s brewing up for us:

“Heinrich Hoffman’s “Der Struwwelpeter,” first published in German in 1844, contains ten cautionary tales for children, each one with a clear moral and overly exaggerated consequences for misbehavior. Since its first publishing, the book has retained a cult following, similar to Grimm’s tales.

For the residency, my project is to create a series of editioned, screen printed books illustrating this story. These old tales embody the whimsical, dark sensibilities that I closely identify with. Their morbid but playful nature lends itself freely to my line-work and interests in folklore and the surreal. This project is not intended to be a book for children; the drawings will emphasize the grotesque aspects of these tales, and will be for an adult reader.”

3 Far Out Years: Thanks for Supporting Us!

Thank you to everyone that came out to celebrate our growing print community. We enjoyed lovely live music, delicious tamales, the smell of fresh ink, and 50+ pieces of art by Chicago’s best.

I would like to personally thank everyone who volunteered in one capacity or another, as well as the following people for their above and beyond contributions:

New Now Know How Jazz Ensemble
Kim and Lee: Tamale Chefs
Nevena and Abby: Interns Extraordinaire
Cristina, Liz, and Pete: Carved Block Contributors
Colin and Megan: Over-the-top Volunteers and Errand-runners


FREE Printing Workshops on Saturday, July 24th! Come on by!

Yes. FREE. Free as a bird. Free, free, free!! In celebration of Spudnik Press turning 3, we want you to come hang and print with us all day this Saturday! Starting at 11 am, Spudnik members will be offering free screenprinting and monoprinting lessons to all visitors. Materials will be provided by Spudnik but we encourage bringing additional materials of choice.

If you ever wanted to know what printing is all about and what makes it sooo deliciously addictive, then come on by and check us out! Plus you’ll get to walk away with your own hand-printed greeting card or a sweet-lookin’ patch.

And while at Spudnik, you can browse our collection of prints, ask us questions, tell us some jokes, and learn more about the fabulous community of printing. Sounds great right?!

See ya there!!
Team Spuds

Spudnik Press @ The Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival

Sketch of concept for large-scale, site specific sculpture for BIG by Andy De La Rosa

Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival

On-site screen printing

Friday, July 23, 2010
4pm – 11pm
Max Gerber Parking Lot
Washtenaw and Milwaukee Avenue

For one night only, we’ll be joining the Milwaukee Ave Arts Festival, a new event featuring dozens of art exhibitions, performances, and a spectrum of live music along Milwaukee Avenue (2250–2850 North Milwaukee in Chicago). We will be contributing to a pop-up sculpture garden in the parking lot of the defunct Max Gerber Showroom. Festival-goers are invited to try their hand at screen printing a design created at Spudnik just for this event.