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Introducing: Open studio at Levigator Press

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We’re trying something new this spring: open studio sessions! It’s a chance for people who don’t need much help in the studio, and those who might need just a little guidance, to print in a relaxed group atmosphere at a slightly lower cost than booking press time or private instruction. You pay a flat rate, the equivalent of two hours of press rental, for a three hour evening session to work on your projects.

You’ll still need to register in advance as you would for a class, as space will be very limited. Some of our presses can only accommodate one person per session, and if what you want to use has already been booked then you may have to wait for the next session. We’ll do our best to accommodate you but we promise we won’t crowd you either!

Open Studio participants may use the following studio areas:

-silkscreen coating area, screen exposure unit, and washout booth
-screen printing tables (can accommodate up to four printers at this time)
-Nolan proof press (for letterpress or block printing; one user per session)
-Adana platen press (one user per session)
-intaglio press (one user per session)
-C&P paper shear, nipping press, and other bindery equipment
-clean table surface for preparing paper
-large light table for preparing transparencies
*Wood shop power tools and our Janome serger may also be used with demonstration of expertise (at our discretion)

You must bring your own materials. A limited amount of materials (paper, screen print ink, some bookbinding supplies) may be purchased in the studio. One-time-use quantities of harder to access supplies such as screenprint emulsion, etching ink, and letterpress ink are available for a small additional fee.

You can view upcoming Open Studio dates by clicking on the Open Studio events category link.

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Happy birthday to us!

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Levigator Press opened its doors one year ago today! Thanks so much to all of our amazing friends who helped us to get this far.

No festivities today, but join us this Saturday, March 19 from 1-4pm for a free colouring party and snacks! We’ll have some new colouring pages made up to give away, and you can use our stuff or bring your own!

Studio tour

Thanks to everyone who came out to see us during the Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour! We had a blast and met some great new people.

Our new pottery line, in collaboration with The Pottery Cupboard, got great reviews. Here are the finished prototype pieces:

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During the tour we also played with tile designs, drawing images in clay slabs with the etching needle and then pressing letters using letterpress type. We’re thinking of offering a tile making class in January if anyone’s interested!

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Nicole (of Mercantile 519) worked on some knit patterned slump bowls:

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We also did screenprint and block print demos. Here are some of the things we printed:

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Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour!

This weekend we’re inviting Dayna Wagner of The Pottery Cupboard and Nicole Drouillard of Mercantile 519 to join us in the studio as part of the Windsor Essex Open Studio Tour. From 10am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday, we’ll be doing nonstop demos in pottery, printmaking, and knitting, with loads of fun stuff planned. If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop in and check us out! It’s worth taking in the whole tour, which encompasses Windsor, Belle River, Amherstburg, and LaSalle.

We’ll also be debuting the first pieces in two new lines of pottery the three of us are working on together, and making more pieces right on site. Here’s a little preview of the cups I was drawing on a few weeks ago, fresh out of the kiln:

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ATC session at Levigator Press

Last night we hosted an Artist Trading Card session as part of Ontario Culture Days. We had a mix of die-hard ATCers and adorable children, and it was a lot of fun!

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How-To Festival at Windsor Public Library, Nikola Budimir branch

This Saturday I’ll be taking part in this fun event: Windsor Public Library How-To Festival. It’s an opportunity to learn some nifty and valuable new skills in under ten minutes (each).

I’ll be showing people how to sew on a button, including how to make a thread shank under a flat button, and tricks for making sure your buttons stay put forever!

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The event runs from 11 to 3. The Levigator Press shop will still be open during that time, and I’ll be back in the shop from 3:30 to 6.

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This weekend at Levigator Press

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Summer is here! And Walkerville will be hopping this weekend, with Art in the Park, the opening of the new City Market, and loads of yard sales. Here at Levigator Press, we have to work all weekend, but we’re in the mood to party!

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Nicole of Mercantile 519 will be joining us for sidewalk sale madness, bringing you hot summer specials on letterpress cards, jewellery, and more! We’ll also be playing some cornhole, so come on over and loosen up your throwing arm.

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Inside the studio we’ll be printing up a storm, with impromptu demos in screenprint, letterpress, and block printing all weekend long. And because we had so much fun last time we did it, you can bring a t-shirt in between 2 and 5 on Saturday to have it printed with an image of your choice from our selection of hand carved wood and lino blocks. All you have to do is show up and be awesome!

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Letterpress workshop with Emily Davidson

On Saturday, May 2, Levigator Press hosted a letterpress workshop with visiting artist Emily Davidson of Halifax, Nova Scotia, in partnership with the Arts Council Windsor Region, Artcite Inc, and Mayworks. Following Emily’s talk about her studio practice, participants set type, locked up a forme in the press, and printed a collaborative poster.

An exhibition of Emily Davidson’s work can be viewed until June 6 at Artcite.

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Levigator Press Grand Opening

Our grand opening event was a huge success, with good crowds coming through the studio all day long, lots of interest in printmaking and the demos, and some lovely people signing up to take classes! Thanks so much to everyone who came out to see us or sent along your well wishes from afar. We’re overwhelmed, grateful, delighted, and exhausted. And super excited to get down to the business of making prints with all of you!

A shot of the shop during the last early moments of calm:

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Letterpress demo:

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Relief printing demo:

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Our demo print: HEY. We printed this on t-shirts for some of our visitors. Can’t wait to see them being worn around town!

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Special thanks to: Nicole Drouillard of Mercantile 519, who helped all day long by handling sales while I demoed and schmoozed; Leesa Bringas, who stayed up very late the night before helping set up the retail part of the shop; Eugenia Vlasova and Paul Phillippov of Weeded Words who made vinyl decals for our window and wall, as well as some sweet Levigator Press tote bags; my dear friend Monica Rock who helped with some of the gross jobs while getting the space ready, and who delivered the gorgeous flowers for the opening; and of course Peter, without whose support we wouldn’t even have this amazing space.