Printshop

Etching Press

The Gowanus Studio Space offers a printshop that is fully equipped for all Etching, Lithography, Woodblock and Silkscreen techniques. Contemporary artists and designers use this workspace, which has 14-foot ceilings, concrete floors and is filled with natural sunlight, to create new artwork and advance their careers in printmaking.

The printshop features a 24-inch ConRad Etching Press, an Elephant Lithography Press, a vacuum table for Silkscreen, and a darkroom supplied with a exposure unit for Photolithography and a 32 x 39 inch vacuum exposure unit for Silkscreen. (A complete list of equipment and supplies that the printshop offers its members can be found below.)

EQUIPMENT PROVIDED BY STUDIO

  • Drying racks and homesote
  • Etching press is 40″ x 60″
  • Elephant Lithography Press
  • Silkscreen vacuum table
  • Photolithography exposure unit
  • Silkscreen vacuum exposure unit (32″ x 39″)
  • Stainless steel graining sink with hose (48″ x 28″)
  • Espon 9800 printer for printing Silkscreen positives (see below)
  • Aquatint box (21″ x 30″)
  • Hot plate (18″ x 24″)
  • Kick shear (30.5″ x 14″)
  • Guillotine-style paper cutter (26″ x 37″)
  • Work table (32″ x 66″) and additional counter space

Silkscreen Vacuum Table

Guillotine-style Paper Cutter

 SUPPLIES/MATERIALS PROVIDED BY STUDIO: 

  • ferric chloride
  • grounds
  • emulsion and reclaimer
  • graining grits
  • cleaning supplies
  • processing materials
  • ink modifiers-varnishers, plate oils, magnesium carbonate
  • solvents
  • miscellaneous tools (including files, ink knives, drawing materials**)

*Generally speaking, you should plan to bring your own tools, screens, plates, paper, and inks.

**It is highly recommended that you bring your own.

 

EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES THAT CAN BE BOUGHT/RENTED AT STUDIO:

  • Flat files can be rented out for $20/mo.
  • Cabinet space can be rented out for $20/mo.
  • Positive printing (see below)

 

SUPPLIES TO BE BROUGHT BY MEMBERS:

Hot Plate

  • plates
  • litho stones
  • gloves
  • apron
  • sponges
  • tape
  • mylar
  • paper towels
  • printing paper
  • registration pins
  • foil/wax paper
  • contact paper
  • razor blades
  • drawing materials and tools
  • inks (special inks are not available in cabinets)
Orientation is required for all members before use of the studio, while classes are required for those who wish to practice a medium they have never done before. Broken/damaged materials or equipment will be replaced/repaired by member.

 

POSITIVE PRINTING

Members of the Gowanus Studio Space (as well as nonmembers) can print Silkscreen positives using our Epson 9800 printer for a low cost:

  • If both sides of the positive are under 24 inches: $0.75 an inch on the shorter side
  • If either side of the positive is over 24 inches: $0.75 an inch on the longer side
  • For example, a 24 x 36 inch positive would cost $27.

 

Have any questions, needs, suggestions, or comments? Email us at info@gowanusstudio.org and give us your feedback!

We’re always considering donations of equipment! As a fiscally sponsored non profit organization, The Gowanus Studio Space can make a home for your in-kind donations, and you can receive a tax deduction for the declared value of the equipment. Thank you so much!

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CONTACT

166 7th Street, Ground Floor
Brooklyn, NY, 11215

info@gowanusstudio.org

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