Thank you so much for being part of ISP from the beginning
As you may know, I moved down from Baltimore, MD to South Florida at the beginning of the summer to open a communal fine art print and book studio in Fort Lauderdale. The dream started way before that in a leaky basement studio on Chase St in Midtown, Baltimore, when I thought about what it was that I wanted to spend the next years of my life doing. I ran Nocturnal Press from that basement for a whole year and every time I got comfortable a water pipe or water heater would burst and flood the entire space ruining prints, leather and other book making supplies (too bad print/book arts and water don’t mix.) It came time to plan for a more permanent studio space that I could have printing equipment in and did not make me cringe every time it rained or my neighbors did laundry. Setting down roots meant it was time to leave Baltimore after 6 life-changing and wonderful years to head back to my homeland, South Florida.
In February 2014 I made the leap and purchased a Vandercook SP15 from Don Black Linecasting in Toronto, Canada. I made the trip up to see it before it was shipped during a polar vortex and got to see Niagra Falls for the first time (it was almost completely frozen!) By May, the Vandy was waiting for me in my Grandma’s garage in Boca Raton, FL. In May, I also found a man named Jim in West Palm Beach, FL who was ready to part with his entire letterpress collection. From him I purchased an 8x10 and a 10x15 C&P, a TON of lead type (maybe it was more like 400lbs,) and lots of other equipment for the letterpress shop. All of this equipment was also moved into my Grandma’s garage while I prepared to move my life from Baltimore to Florida.
My plan was always to have a communal studio. Printmaking is a communal art form. Presses are very expensive and impractical for one person to own and this makes it it is hard to continue to practice once you are no longer in a class or attending an institution. After a lot of thought and consideration I came up with the mission statement for IS Projects, my soon to be art studio, which goes like this “IS Projects is a communal printmaking and book arts studio whose mission is to promote innovations and developments to print and book media by providing knowledge, training, and a supportive work space for South Florida’s artists.”
I am very lucky to have secured one of the last available spaces in FAT Village, a tight knit arts community within the larger Flagler Arts District in Downtown Fort Lauderdale. Move in began August 30th when myself and a team of 8 of my amazing family and friends moved over 10,000lbs of equipment in a 26ft Ryder box truck from my garage in Boynton Beach and my Grandma’s garage in Boca Raton 30 miles south to 15 NW 5th Street, the new home for IS Projects. Now the real work of setting up the studio is under way and there is so much to look forward to in the coming weeks.
I would greatly appreciate your support in the events below!
IS Projects Grand Opening!
Saturday September 27th from 6pm to 10pm
This will be the very first event at IS Projects and therefore the very first chance to check out the goods. We’ll have presses inked and ready to print so come check out the shop, make a print, enter the raffle, have a drink, sign up for a class, and enjoy the FATVillage Artwalk!
Kickstarter: An Etching Press for IS Projects ending Oct 6
I would be so grateful if you could help me to acquire an etching press for IS Projects A big part of the IS Projects mission is to provide artists with a space to make fine art prints, unfortunately letterpress has its limits, especially when it comes to larger format fine art prints. In order to fulfill this part of the mission I am planning to acquire a 3'x6’ Praga etching press. The press is waiting in Canada to be sent down to sunnier weather, all it needs is a ticket! This Kickstarter campaign will cover a beautiful Praga 3'x6" etching press with delivery that will be available for artists to use! It will also cover felt blankets, a pair of brayers and some high quality ink, all very necessary for making fine art prints. Remember, every little bit counts!