Steve and Liz Garst, owners of the Provisional Press will lead an interactive session where attendees can explore alternative methods of printing using LEGO blocks and other nontraditional matrices to print designs on the Provisional Press. The Provisional Press is a DIY proof press that makes letterpress printing a lighter and less expensive endeavor for new printers, educators, and artists. Over the last three years, the Garsts have sold thousands of press kits all over the world. In addition to selling the kits, they lead workshops for children and community members to introduce them to the world of letterpress printmaking. In this open and interactive session you can come with an idea to print or come to play. There is a special focus on accessibility, so if you would like tips, pointers, or just share some stories about printing with the public, drop in and play with a Provisional Press.
Provisional Press Playtime
Steve Garst is a printmaking and book artist who teaches at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He earned his BFA from Ball State University and MFA from Miami University. His artwork focuses on the duality of feeling connected to the land while at the same time altering its natural state. His most recent research has been the design and production of the Provisional Press, a DIY relief and letterpress printing press project.