Printers Without Margins Fellow Spotlight: Quincy Brimstein

Quincy Brimstein is an our first fellow for the year and has been diligently working on her project this month. Brimstein is an artist based in Portland, Maine.  She received her BFA from NSCAD University in 2015 and has participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Arquetopia.  Brimstein has been an advocate for programs that engage at-risk youth since becoming a mentor for Seeds of Independence back in 2010l.  She is currently volunteering once a week with Lunch Bunch at Harriet Beecher Stowe School, Brunswick, which pairs adults with second graders for lunch and recess activities. Brimstein's goal as a Printer Without Margins is to produce a resource guide for community members to get involved and volunteer with programs that encourage dialogue and creativity with at-risk youth.
You can see more of her work here: https://www.quincybrimstein.com/
She'll be doing an instagram takeover of our Pickwick account later this month, but you can also follow her on her own instagram account: @quincinabee

 

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Printers Without Margins 2018 Fellows

This year we were very lucky to receive funding from the The Kindling Fund to create a fellowship program for our Printers Without Margins Project. This program will offer a one-month printmaking fellowship to six individuals in 2018 who want to create radical printed matter for a larger community. Pickwick will provide access to our printshop, instruction, materials, creative guidance and a small stipend to each fellow. The fellowship is intended to give someone who wouldn't otherwise have access to the equipment and community support that Pickwick provides it's members. One edition of 100 signs, posters, pamphlets, zines, postcards, etc. will be created related to the issue they bring to the table. Possible topics can include issues such as: racism, LGBTQIAA+ rights, incarceration, homelessness, gentrification, environmental change, politics, healthcare, and so forth. Distribution of the printed matter to the public for free is required; for example: posting in public spaces, passed on during canvassing conversations, sent via post, or any other creative method of dissemination. 

We will be featuring each of these fellows, projects and their experiences on our blog and our social media throughout the year. There will be multiple events and opportunities to meet the Fellows and see the work that they make. Sign up for our newsletter and follow our instagram to keep up to date! 

The Kindling Fund  is a statewide regranting program for artist-organized projects in the state of Maine, administered by SPACE Gallery and part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Regional Regranting Network.

 Clockwise from top left: Quincy Brimstein, LaLa Drew, Dee ClarkE, Kat Blaisdall, Celia Jailer,  Titi De Baccarat

Clockwise from top left: Quincy Brimstein, LaLa Drew, Dee ClarkE, Kat Blaisdall, Celia Jailer,  Titi De Baccarat

Brief bios of our fellow are below, please stay tuned for more information each month about each person and their projects:

Quincy Brimstein: April
Quincy Brimstein is an artist based in Portland, Maine.  Brimstein has been an advocate for programs that engage at-risk youth. As a Printer Without Margins, her mission is to produce a resource guide for community members to get involved and volunteer with programs that encourage dialogue and creativity with at-risk youth.

Kat Blaisdell : May
Kat Blaisdell is a writer-woodworker who helps those affected by substance abuse. Her Printers without Margins fellowship will be utilized to help reduce the stigma shame that both active addicts and people in recovery face.  As a recovering person, she knows the judgement and stigma that both active addicts and people in recovery face. Addicts and alcoholics, whether actively using or not, are judged as less than, as other, as bad — even as something to be feared. 

Dee Clarke: June
Dee Clarke is the founder and director of Survivor Speaks USA. Survivor Speak USA (SSUSA) is a Maine-based, survivor-led  organization working to end sex trafficking and sexual exploitation through centering the experiences, healing, voices, and leadership of survivors.  She will us her fellowship to create work based in the belief that proactive and informed public policy is a key way to end, prevent, and intervene in sexploitation.

LaLa Drew: July
LaLa is a local poet, writer and organizer. When they're not busy worrying about the current state of our existence, they run a poetry night for Queer and Femme People of Color. They are also a contributor to Black Girl in Maine and recently began a column in the Phoenix called, Unpacking the New Normal. They're excited to utilize the skills gained in this fellowship to make tangible the energy of the POC arts community. LaLa will create work which highlights the strength and vibrancy of the POC community.

Celia Jailer : August
Celia Jailer is a 22 year old artist from the California Bay Area currently finishing her last semester at the University of Massachusetts, where she studies Social Thought, Political Economy, and Art. Her project for Printers without Margins will be an edition of books about the struggle for Palestinian liberation, as seen through the lenses of the border wall between Israel and Palestine and the implications of US/Mexico border wall. 

Titi de Baccarat: September
Titi de Baccarat is an artist who possesses many facets at once painter, sculptor, jeweler, clothing designer, and writer. Dedicated to justice in a hostile political context, he was forced to flee his country, Gabon, with only the wealth of his artistic ability. He has lived in Portland since February 2015. He believes that Art rehabilitates love, bringing together people of all countries, of all backgrounds, of all cultures, and all ethnicities. His upcoming work as a Printers Without Margins fellow will describe his experiences as an immigrant in the United States: his pain, fear, uncertainty, and his hope for his future here. “Immigration is not a color, it is pain and hope.”

Holiday Party & Print Sale!

Come join us for our annual party and print-tastic sale! We deck the shop with our members prints and this is the perfect stop on your holiday shopping adventure. Fine art prints, cards, apparel, and all sorts of printeresting goods abound. Saturday night will have snacks and drinks and a DJ for your shopping and dancing delight. Sunday day will offer a calm refuge from other holiday shopping adventures you might be on. Come on by! 

 

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PRINTERVIEW!: Crystal Cawley

Crystal Cawley has been a member for over a year and can be found battling our largest press while making letter and text based patterns for a variety of her pieces and soothing our vandercook as an active Printer Without Margins. Her Printer's Devil edition (above) gives us a taste of her text pattern and embroidery mastery. 

quick bio in 2-3 sentences:

Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. Besides being a happy member of Pickwick Independent Press, she also prints and teaches in Portland at Wolfe Editions. 

tell us about your print:

CC: I used a photopolymer plate for the skirt, which was leftover from a print I made in 2015. It is a gathering of wood type brush-style letters photographically made into a single plate. The bodice is printed from a wood type number 3 that is in a sorts case at Pickwick. 

music you listened to while making this print?

CC: Whatever was in my head that day. I forget how to turn on the music at Pickwick.

how many times did penny make you fetch a ball for her?

CC: 0 (this time) because I was printing very early and nobody else was there.

how long have you been making prints?

CC:Since 1976. 

how do you get started with your prints?

CC: Some inspiration comes from books — I’m happy stealing quotes and ideas from poetry, non-fiction, and fiction.  Other times I go to the print shop, start looking in type cases, and start with whatever catches my eye. From there it’s getting my hands dirty and paying attention to what develops. 

what's your favorite recipe?

CC: My Aunt Clara’s chocolate cake with mocha cream frosting

other places we can see your work?

CC: My web site, locally at the Maine Women Writers Collection, and other public collections listed on my web site.

take a selfie right now 

CC: Nope, I don’t do those. 

PRINTERVIEW!: Rachel Kobasa

Rachel Kobasa has been a member at the shop for three years and creates letterpress and screen printed masterpieces. She's created a Printer's Devil Print for mass consumption, but you can also see her posters at most rallies, marches and protests and in postcard form at any representatives office. 

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1. give us a quick bio:

RK: What is this, an online dating profile?

2. tell us about your print:

RK: I like diners, I can stare forever at the sky when the sun has set but the hues of blue are still varied, and I have a fondness for Ed Ruscha.

3. music you listened to while making this print?

RK: Ego Death, by The Internet - over and over again

4. how many times did penny make you fetch a ball for her?

RK: I'd say about three.

5. how long have you been making prints?

RK: More than five but fewer than seven.

6. what has printmaking taught you?

RK: Perfection is a false notion. (But it IS a board game - did you know that?)

7. how do you get started with your prints? (inspiration and/or process)

RK: Either a commission - so taking someone's ideas/needs and then jumping into my own practice - or starting from something I've seen/heard/read in the world. How's that for specificity?

8. what's your favorite recipe?

RK: Granola. It's kind of a secret unless you're in my apartment and see it displayed on the fridge.

9. other places we can see your work?

RK: My dad's house!

10. take a selfie right now: