Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see us at Home County this weekend! The festival was very good to us and we had a great time. It was wonderful to spend a few days back in my old neighbourhood, and to reconnect with some London folks including former classmates, former teachers, and even my beloved former boss John from For The Art of It gallery, where I used to be a picture framer in another life. We’re already looking forward to being part of the festival again next year.
We’re very pleased and grateful to have been chosen for the festival’s Fresh & First award, given to a craft vendor new to the festival who brings a fresh and creative new approach. We worked hard to make our booth fun and inviting and it was gratifying to have that recognized!
We’re all set up and the weather is gorgeous. We’re here all weekend in beautiful Victoria Park; stop by and see us if you’re in London!
We have added some great finds to our type collection in the past few weeks! We recently visited the home studio of one of the proprietors of Morgan Press, a small press in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and purchased some of their type and ornaments:
And our friend Nicole of Frontière Farm House picked us up a fun mixed basket of old wood type:
The studio will be closed from Saturday, June 17 to Monday, June 26 to give us a chance to recharge in between our two big summer shows. We’ll be back in action on Tuesday, June 27, with classes starting up again our first day back! If you want to get in on any of the great classes we have scheduled for you, you can still register online to save your spot. Just click on the “classes” tab to the right.
We hope you enjoy the gorgeous summer weather, and we’ll see you in a week!
We’re having a good start to our second day at Art in the Park at Windsor’s historic Willistead Manor! If you haven’t made it out to the show yet, you can still catch us here until 5pm. We’re in booth #345, on the Devonshire Road side of the park.
Here are a few photos of our booth setup:
This weekend we closed the studio and drove up to Oshawa to pick up this gorgeous beast:
It’s a 6.5×10 Chandler & Price Pilot, fully refurbished, in beautiful condition, and ready to be put to work. It’s a perfect press for our tiny space, with the capability to handle large scale production while being user friendly and a fantastic learning press for our students and studio members. We can’t wait to fire it up and get printing.
We’re shutting the studio down for a few weeks for some much-needed creative refueling. We will be camping next to that beautiful lake pictured above, with limited connectivity, but will be able to check in periodically. You can still email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want to sign up for our fall classes.
See you on August 16th!
The staff for Up The Mesh Count have been in the studio printing up covers for the project zine. Here they are all chilling in the drying rack after a long day of printing. They look pretty rad, and they glow in the dark!
Up The Mesh Count is funded by Ontario Arts Council and the City of Windsor Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Find out more about the project here: Up The Mesh Count Facebook page
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!
Hey everybody! I am so excited to finally get to share this with you. Beginning in March 2016, we will be offering a membership programme at the studio! We’ll be accepting just a small number of members to start out, with hopes of expanding as we carry out our wish list of studio upgrades. In our first (almost) year in Walkerville, we’ve had so many great supporters coming in and taking multiple classes, taking private instruction, and renting use of the studio, and becoming a member will make all that easier and more affordable. And you’ll get to be a part of something really fun!
Here’s how it works: you can sign up for a 3-month, 6-month, or 12-month membership, whichever works best for you. Membership is $25 per month, and for that you will get:
-two hours of studio rental or one hour of private instruction time free each month
-20% off the cost of all additional studio or private instruction time beyond your monthly free allotment
-20% off supplies and materials purchased from the studio
-50% off registration for group classes (no limits!)
-space to store your supplies and equipment in our studio instead of lugging it all back and forth
-the opportunity to piggyback on studio supply orders
Your studio time allows you access to and use of:
-letterpress equipment and type
-Nolan proof press
-Adana platen press
-Chandler and Price paper trimmer
-bindery equipment and tools
-screen coating darkroom
-exposure table and washout facility
-screen printing table
-wood shop (table saw, mitre saw, drill press, jigsaw, sander)
To make the membership more awesome, we’re working on some major studio upgrades including: reorganizing the basement to have more functional (and separate) wood shop and screen preparation areas; constructing screen storage and cubbies for member use; building new, larger inking surfaces for relief and intaglio printing; setting up a dedicated screenprinting station; installing a better washout area for screens; purchasing a multi-colour t-shirt printing press.
And! Anyone who signs up for a 12-month membership between now and May 30th will be eligible to take part in a group show of our members, scheduled for the week of May 28-June 4 2017 at the Artspeak Gallery (Arts Council Windsor & Region). The show is already booked and Levigator Press is covering the gallery rental, so all you have to do is come to the studio and make some amazing work!
There aren’t a lot of spots available, so if you’re interested or want to learn more, give the studio a call!