Production Mode

Each winter, I take wholesale orders for my open edition cards, mini-prints, and bookmarks at a trade show in St. John’s. My spring is filled with printing, hand colouring, packaging, framing, and shipping out thousands of these pieces to shops around Atlantic Canada.

I’m in the midst of what I like to call Printapalooza right now. That’s where I take inventory of the product I already have in stock, add the orders I’ve taken and what I need for my own shop, and make a print list of all the pieces in the various colours that I can tally off as I go. My colour list is Black, grey, red, red-yellow, orange, red-blue, blue, blue-green, green, and gold/silver.

The colours change with the years, as tastes change for me and my customers. And the images change too- the lino-cut plates wear out after a couple of hundred impressions are pulled, and I replace them with similar or newly imagined images.

If you look up my twitter account,you’ll see pictures and little videos tagged #printapalooza this time of year.

Green

Pthalo green and white in a rainbow roll filled my afternoon here at the studio…  Looking forward to a plate of nachos to fill me at the café when I close up shop at 9.  Meet me there?  (Who remembers Friday Night Girls from Codco?  I think of them every Friday night!)

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Printapalooza

This is my chosen term for a period of time, usually about two weeks, for printing a full Black – Yellow – Yellow/Red – Red – Orange – Red/Blue – Blue – Blue/Green – Green – Silver/Gold print run of all the required card, mini-print, and bookmark designs to make up orders and shop stock.

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When I started making this product line about a dozen years ago, I could print about 350 pieces in a single day.  I’d start early and finish late.  But today, a morning’s worth of printing is all I can really do at a time.  Like most artists and craftspeople who do repetitive work, I have developed Tennis Elbow, or Lateral Epicondylitis.  A brace around my arm helps me get the work done, but I still don’t want to overdo it.  Eventually I’ll need to train someone else up to do the printing work, I guess.  But for now, slow and steady wins the race.

Today I finished the black portion of Printapalooza with the help of my lovely assistant, Ollie, aka mom.  We start in again tomorrow morning on a new colour.  If any of you are out and about and would like to see the printmaking process in action, please do drop in.  We love having visitors!