On early April, after much discussion and looking for a space Spokane Print & Publishing Center finally opened its door. A space dedicated to all things print, publishing and bookbinding located in 1925 N Ash Spokane, WA. This printing and resource center is open to the public offering access, guidance and machinery for the practice of letter press, screen printing, intaglio and relief print as well as book binding, board game design, Nerd Culture and publication. Artists Reinaldo Gil Zambrano from RGZprints, Thom Caraway, Bethany Taylor, Derrick Landers from MIllwood Printworks, Dorian Karahalios from Pompacorg and Derek Freeland from Bottle Crow publications came together to offer a much needed space for printmakers to continue exploring this art form after graduating college or beyond their kitchen tables. SPPC offers guidance in the form of accessible classes and open studio hours with each instructor present to help you materialize your ideas into printed matter and/or chapbooks, board games or bound book.
Some of the classes offered to the public are:
-intro to relief printing (carving linoleum)
-intro to letter press
-intro to screen-printing
-Victorian calling cards
-Action figure prototyping
-German stitch book binding
-Monster relief printing
and many more…
After the celebration of the first Spokane Print Fest last April in 2018, Spokane has been developing the spaces to bring printmaking to the community looking to make it more accessible for many and spread the love for this democratic art form. Spokane continues on its journey to develop their artistic identity that overcomes the prejudgment of “Spokampton” into a place for the nurture of the arts.
For those printmakers out there looking for a spot to keep creating and for those of you who would like to give it a try, please come by SPPC and check out of the ink is cooking.