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Bill Fick visit a HIT!

cool,Department,Lectures — KVH @ 8:31 am, Thursday, October 8th, 2009

Bill Fick visited our studios Monday and Tuesday of this week and brought a huge pile of prints, dating back through 10 years of work, to showcase and talk about in 3 of our classes.

Bill Fick, striking full zombie pose...

Very graciously, he also brought with him some of his trademark linoleum blocks to print from. Unsatisfied with standard paper-printing, the visit turned into a tshirt-printing-free-for-all.

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Unbeknownst to many, a writer for Printeresting.org was on hand to document it all. Be sure to check out their write-up on our T-shirt Extravaganza!



UNDER PRESSURE

cool,Facilities — KVH @ 2:59 pm, Friday, September 11th, 2009

So our new Pressure Washer for the Screenprint Studio is finally installed, plumbed, and fully functional.

Why did we replace an otherwise fully functional pressure washer? Because they swear to us that this one won’t explode when you ignore or abuse it.  They promised, I’m believing them.

It’s name is KRANZLE and it was made in Germany.

SO, the new operating procedure?

Don’t touch the switch on the back of the wall anymore. Just leave it on.

On the face of the unit (the big shiny thing next to the washout sink) there is a switch near the bottom left.  It is marked ON and OFF (weird, huh?).  There is a slight delay when you turn it on, but it’ll kick right in strong.

Turn it on, wash out, turn it off. Easy peasy.

The advantage of all of this is if you need to, you can let the handle on the gun go and turn the spray off without turning the pump off… It won’t kill the machine.  Now, this doesn’t mean that you can just turn it on and walk away, but it won’t explode anymore.

Questions, just ask a Faculty member or Kyle. We’ll be happy to show you the setup.

And REMEMBER TO WEAR YOUR EYE AND EAR PROTECTION! This thing is cranking out almost 2000PSI.

Have a great weekend!



Dolphin Press Artist’s Books online!

cool,Dolphin Press and Print,Publications,Resources — KVH @ 9:53 am, Thursday, May 7th, 2009

The very fine folks at www.issuu.com have offered MICA, and Dolphin Press the opportunity to publish, and YOU to VIEW the artist book editions from our collection online!

Below are our two latest editions, the top by Christopher Whittey called Industry Culture, and the second by Michael Bartalos called Vostok.

They are most definitely best viewed full-screen!



Letterpress and Wood Type mania!

cool — KVH @ 11:48 am, Friday, April 24th, 2009

Ok, so this is just awesome. Coolhunting visited Grafica Fidalga in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to do a poster run and meet the printers:

Please note how they create new type by laminating a cut plywood letterform to a second block to make it type-high. It’s particularly nice to see a production shop work through a print run; adding make-ready to a form, finding creative solutions to missing type (check out that % symbol) and fixing work-ups mid run with a hammer! A cursory google search seems to only identify their press as a 1929 German Letterpress – so extra credit to whomever can find the model and make. I can verify that it is a flatbed-cylinder press, akin to Babcock’s and Miehle’s early designs.

And while we’re on the subject of letterpress, wood type, and awesomeness, there is a new Wood Type Museum online, including photos and specimen-books, with a nice write-up by the folks at Hoefler & Frere-Jones.



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