One of the best parts of having a shop and a press is getting the opportunity to work with fellow artists and printmakers. Mike Kachanis and I have known each other for many years! We have been in some gallery shows and collaborated on prints in the past. There is an earlier blog from last year about our 1st printing marathon at Spofford Press.
This year was our 2nd week long printing session, fueled by coffee, Radiohead bootlegs and nonstop Instagram posts (Mike is finally on social media via an Instagram account)! Here are some pictures from this past week!
Mike tends to make larger woodcuts then his etchings. Printing them is better suited for 2 people, which is how these week long events started!
We hand burnish all of Mike's blocks. This can be accomplished using barens or the backs of spoons, but Mike showed up with these beautiful burnishing tools that he made with his father recently. They are very smooth solid wood in an egg shape, and they glide over the paper beautifully. They have a slight taper at one end so you can really get into small hard to print areas.
A nice advantage to using Japanese paper and oil-based ink is that you can see the image through the back of the paper as you print it, either by hand or press. This is the printed block just before pulling the paper to reveal the print on the other side! The back of the paper is almost as crisp and dark as the front.
Mike's work is so large and graphic that it makes for pretty awesome and dramatic photographs!
You can smell the drying ink outside! LOT of prints hanging...
By the final day the drying lines were full and the editions were printed!
Another killer week with Mike Kachanis. Looking forward to seeing what galleries these mammoth prints end up in!