From Pennsylvania to South Florida to share the art of Linoleum Carving, Drypoint Printing, and his masterful series American Epic with you.
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Jesse Shaw is coming to ISP!

It's hard to believe how fast February slipped by. It's been a month chock full of workshops, commissioned printing projects, collaborations, and planning future endeavors. Thank you so much to everyone who's spent time in the shop this month. We love when you all share your creative energy with us and with eachother.

This Saturday during the FATVillage Artwalk, we're proud to present the work of Jesse Shaw, known as @americanprintmaker

We're also stoked to have Jesse teaching two workshops this week! There's still room to sign up on our workshops page.

American Epic is an in-progress, impressive series of energetic and mesmerizing linocuts. 

From Jesse:


When I pulled my first print my artistic vision became tangible for the first time.  After the second print I began to realize what the word infinite could mean to me. I gained personal meanings to many words through printmaking, including devotion, self-discipline, perseverance, and craftsmanship.  


I traveled to Dartmouth College in New Hampshire to study Jose Clemente Orozco’s mural “The Epic of American Civilization” in 2008.  Upon seeing the mural in person I was struck by how powerful the work is and spent an afternoon admiring the imagery. This mural was the initial inspiration that motivated me to begin my interpretation of the American Story.


This interest in Orozco’s work led me to Mexico to study Mexican printmaking and the works of other Mexican muralists including Diego Rivera, and David Alfaro Siqueiros. The intensity and sincerity in the murals, along with the history of the political and social purpose of printmaking in Mexico, brought me to approaching printmaking like a muralist. Each print in my series begins with a theme in which I can explore and research an interest. Technology, American rituals, consumerism, allegory, printmaking history, and religion are some of the topics I have articulated in the series.


I have been working on the American Epic series for eight years and have completed 28 prints. The work is shown while in progress as the series reaches the fifty prints that will make up the overall work. In addition to the series, I have continued to explore other mediums, techniques, and collaborations as an extension of the American Epic prints.



Upcoming workshops:

2 / 23 / 17 Drypoint Intaglio Printmaking with Jesse Shaw

Thursday, February 23    6 - 9pm

In this workshop artists will learn how to create a drypoint etching, a very direct intaglio method of printmaking. Drypoint etching is a great medium for artists who love to draw. From Rembrandt to Edward Hopper, painters have especially taken to this method because of the range of value and quality of line.

Beginner to advanced artists will acquire drypoint etching and inking techniques, and print an edition of prints on an etching press.

This class will certify you to reserve and use our etching press during open studio hours.

2/ 26/ 17 Reduction Block Printing with Jesse Shaw

Sunday,  February 26  12 - 6pm

Relief Printing is the oldest form of printmaking. This course is designed to teach students how to "think print" while carving away at a linoleum block, then how to use that block to make multi-colored prints and how to print the layers on top of one another. Students will get a sense of how it feels to work in a communal space surrounded by artists with similar interests. Students will also learn how to use and respect a large fine art press. Students will leave the class with a working knowledge of shop etiquette, linoleum carving, and printing techniques as well as a small portfolio of prints and their own linoleum block. 

This class will certify you to reserve and use our etching press during open studio hours.

3 / 15 / 17 Sketchbook Club: Nag Hammadi

Wednesday,   March 15,   6 to 8:30pm
$15 Members    $30 Non-members

In this workshop students will learn a two thousand year old book binding technique. It is an aesthetically beautiful and functional book structure that has a flexible spine which is made to withstand the foibles of ancient Egyptian life. We will make the cover out of upcycled leather and papyrus, fold and punch the paper, and sew everything together. Students will leave with a completed Nag Hammadi facsimile.

3 / 19 / 17 Pattern Block Printing on Fabric

Sunday,  March 19   12 - 5pm

The traditional method of block printing textiles is finding new life in contemporary art and design, giving fabrics a tactile, handmade look. Students will learn about creating motifs and repeat patterns, and will carve their own designs onto linoleum blocks. In-studio printing techniques as well as DIY at-home techniques will be taught, and students will get to test their images on fabric in class. Students are welcome to bring their own t-shirts, tote bags, linen towels, or any other fabric to print on in class, and they will each leave with a block design to reuse at IS Projects or at home. 

Sketchbook Club: Habits

Wednesday,   March 22,   6 to 8pm
Members: $15    Non-members: $30

This workshop is focused on helping participants to understand their relationship to artmaking, so naturally, the class will be formatted around conversation and a cozy sketchbook session. Students will be drawing, writing, collaging, and talking throughout the class. They will be guided through a series of prompts examining their relationship to their artwork, and the ways they stop themselves from making space for it in their lives. The goal is to offer students strategies for developing a sketchbook habit that they can maintain, and helping them to defend their artmaking practice. Students may or may not arrive with an intention to explore a specific topic, and all experience levels are encouraged to participate.


Don't forget to sign up for Sketchbook Club 2017!

Sketchbook Club is a new program for 2017 that encourages members to form creative habits and make space for their creative practice in their everyday lives while introducing them to other like minded creatives in the area. 

Sketchbook Club will meet twice a month for a binding workshop and a sketchbook habits workshop. Come to one or both to strengthen your own sketchbook practice and learn new binding, collaging and sketching techniques. 

Sketchbook Club membership costs $150 for the year. Members will receive free entry to their first workshop, half off all following Sketchbook Club workshops and a bonefolder with a handmade Sketchbook Club leather pouch.
Click here to join the club!


Looking for a place to make prints?

Assisted printing sessions start at $30 an hour. We can help you achieve your printmaking dreams by teaching you how to make prints and use the equipment on a one-on-one basis. 

Experienced printmakers are always welcome in the shop! Studio Rental is $15 hourly which includes ink and use of the equipment. We also have memberships and bundles available if you have a lot of ink to sling.

Don't want to get inky?
We happily print for you!

Email us to get printing 

Are you an artist or artisan with handmade items or fine art for sale?

The goods market is looking for vendors of the highest quality to sell their work during the FATVillage Artwalk the last Saturday of the month from 6-11pm for the rest of the year. Booths are reasonably priced and thousands of visitors come each month!
Please get in touch for details: 
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