The Arrival

My Press has finally arrived from Melbourne Etching Supplies.   I could hardly contain my excitement as Boris pulled into the driveway yesterday with my press on the back of the Ute.      I feel so thrilled to have a press here on Bruny.   It is amazing to have such a beautiful press just a couple of steps away in my studio instead of having to travel up to town for a print session.   Thanks to Boris and T-bone it didn’t take long to unpack, carry down (all 170 kgs),  assemble and level.    Thanks guys. 

I’ve lightly oiled the bed and rollers (I live right beside  the sea and I’m so worried about rust !!),  I’ve trimmed the blankets down to size and I’m ready to print.   My dear old dog, Cedar,  died a week before Christmas – so it seems only fitting that the first print I do on my new press is one of  him.   I’m off to the studio to play with my new toy !!

       

Pressing Issues !

I  dream of having my own etching press.  I have been extremely fortunate over the past 6 months that I have been able to access presses here on Bruny.  I had the use of an etching press on North Bruny Island for a few months over the  Christmas break last year.  Thank you so much Ian for the trust and the use of your studio space – it meant so much to me to have access to a press and have a special place to go and print. Thanks too Micky.   Here it is – a monster of a press that was fantastic to use –

 I recently heard about another press here on South Bruny, that wasn’t bieng used.  I was bold and ‘phoned and asked if I could bring it  to the Green Room and use it.   Yes……yes, the answer was yes !! Thanks to Alan Mansell – Bruny Island Printmaker extraordinaire – who is taking a spell from the ink at the moment.  Cheers Alan – you’re a Champ.     I am  so excited to have the little MES bench press in the Green Room for the next 2 months or so. I plan to be very productive……. Here it is: