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Chef Spotlight #3: Read/Write Library

Meet the third competitor in this year’s Hashbrown: Read/Write Library. The Read/Write Library is a new model for open, location-specific archiving of independent and small press media.

In what ways does your chili recipe embody your organization?

Like the Read/Write Library’s highly inclusive collection, this chili collects a diverse array of ingredients, from the simple bean to the sophisticated red pepper, from home-grown oregano to specialty mushrooms and blends them all into a spicy and delicious resource on Chicago history, literature, and culture.

Which celebrity would you most like to share a bowl a chili with and why?

Studs Terkel! You just know he’d get around to telling some great stories over a bowl of chili.

If you were going to catalog pot of chili, what would be your methodology?

Well, following the Read/Write Library cataloging conventions, I’d not only note the author, subject, and add some keywords, but I’d be sure to note the location and any other contributors associated with the chili, to better map its connections to the Chicago literary community.

Do you have any words of warning for your competitors?

I know how to boil a mean bean!

What does Spudnik Press love about the Read/Write Library?

One of my absolutely favorite aspects of the Read/Write Library is the work they do out in the community. While their brick and mortar location serves as an amazing archive of local talent and histories, through collaboration with events like Printers Ball and The Chicago Zine Fest bring their work to a larger audience. Their currently raising funds on IndieGoGo to increase this type of work by replacing a stolen library on wheels.

Learn more about Read/Write Library!

Five Reasons to Support and Sustain

Dear Friends,

As 2013 comes to a close, we asked our dedicated Board of Directors to reflect on how Spudnik Press is unique in serving our community and support the arts, and why you should consider supporting Spudnik. Here is what they had to say:

We bring people together

From the free artist talks and lectures we offer, to our collaborations with larger organizations like Homeroom for Ten x Ten, and the Poetry Foundation for The Printers Ball, engaging with our Chicago community is at the core of who we are.

We welcome everyone

Spudnik Press Cooperative supports artists and students from all backgrounds through field trips, internships, publishing projects, group classes, and private lessons. We collaborate with high school poets, nursing home residents, public school teachers, musicians, graphic designers, and established artists.This cross-pollination provides a unique context for individuals to connect to their communities through visual art.

We meet people where they are at

Whether you need to print a single t-shirt, develop a full product line, or learn a traditional printmaking process, Spudnik has something to offer you. However, Spudnik Press isn’t just a place to take classes and make art. We offer creative programming to support artists and aspiring artists at any stage of their career including professional development, internships, residencies, and apprenticeships. These services are often offered at low or no cost to the artists.

We are committed to being affordable

Accessibility and affordability are key parts of Spudnik’s missionm so we aim to keep our fees and tuitions low, and offer avenues to those who cannot afford studio access through subsidized apprenticeships, youth field trips, community workshops and more. Your support will increase opportunities we are able to offer to those who cannot afford Spudnik.

We invest your donations wisely

Each dollar contributed to our mission is spent judiciously, and all earned income is completely reinvested in our programming. An average of $33 per day is spent on art supplies, which adds up to over $12,000 each year. $150 covers one month of insurance. $750 pays for one Artist Residency. Even a small donation can help fund an exhibition or youth field trip, and ensures that we can keep costs low for all that use our studio.

Studio fees, tuition, and earned income only cover a portion of our operating expenses. The rest comes from people like you. Please consider making a donation to support our work. 

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Polymer & Paper Lithography

Plate lithography is a variation of traditional lithography and relies on the hydrophobic (water-fearing) and hydrophilic (water-loving) properties of a sheet of plastic or paper. Plate lithography offers an immediate and non-toxic printing process that can incorporate photography, digital designs and hand drawn illustrations. This process is low-cost, versatile, and playful process ripe for experimentation.

Plates can be made using an everyday laser printer, then reworked or added to with a variety of tools like ballpoint pens, crayons and markers. The plate is then carefully inks with oil-based ink and ran through a press.

In this workshop, students will learn both monoprinting techniques and how make an edition with polyester plates. Digital file preparation will be taught as it is necessary for working with photos. However these processes also lend themselves to hand drawn imagery, and the computer can be bypassed completely with the use of a photocopier.

By the end of the workshop, students will produce two images using a mix of techniques on 11” x 15” paper. First time printers as well as artists with photography and drawing experience are both well-suited for this workshop.

Stability Dynamics by Jeremy Lundquist: On view through 9/13

Stability Dynamics

New Work by Jeremy Lundquist

Stability Dynamics is a series of etchings produced during the Grant Wood Fellowship at the University of Iowa that directly reproduce, alter and layer fragments of the Joint Chief of Staff’s diagram, “Afghanistan Stability/COIN Dynamics.” The work is a critique of the current military and diplomatic strategy of the U.S. in Afghanistan while examining the futility of diagramming the chaos of war. The process involves printing each section from a single plate as information is built up and then scraped away. Lundquist pulls prints along the away as text and image materialize, linger, and disappear. This technique helps provide viewers the opportunity to consider and question how history and policy is constructed.

Stability Dynamics was installed as part of the 2013 Printers’ Ball: Trip and Return. His work will be on display in the printshop through September 13, 2014. See more of Jeremy Lunquist’s work