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Polishing our final Etching Press.

Welcome, Charlie. This vintage Charles Brand Etching Press is a beauty, shined, sanded, and painted to perfection by Aiden Rumack and Peter Haarz.  Thanks guys! The Charlie  press is a 22" by 44" gear-reduced crank press, and is the third etching press at BYO.  Our space is filled to the brim now, and our equipment list is finally complete!

New Years Day Holiday Party

Lisa Imperiale featured at The Soup Kitchen Cafe

BYO Member, Lisa Imperiale, is having new woodblock prints and works on paper featured this month at The Soup Kitchen Cafe, Frankford Avenue's newest and tastiest Cafe. The show consists of a dozen richly printed, beautifully framed woodblock prints, and a dynamic, colorful installation of mix media on cut paper. Be sure to stop by and take a look. The Soup Kitchen Cafe is located on Susquehanna and Frankford Avenue. The show will run from November 17th - December 30th. There will be a casual Sunday brunch reception where you can meet Lisa and enjoy coffee and delicious food on December 4th, 1-3 PM. You can also find Lisa's prints and printed items for sale on her Etsy Shop . Sneak Peek! detail from Obstructed Views, mix media on paper

Members Show Opens this First Friday on Frankford Ave!

Ted Mosher just received a strong shout out in our CityPaper's First Friday Focus column.  He has a solo show. "New Work" opening this Friday evening at Highwire Gallery.  A bonus, the other members of BYO Print (where Ted prints etchings and monoprints) are featured in Highwire's back room Grey Wall Gallery (at least, that's what I'm calling it). While you're roaming Frankford Ave this Friday night, be sure to push your way through the crowds of art-admirers to the back room of Highwire Gallery, and visit our prints! "New Work" by Ted Mosher "BYO Print Members Show" featuring print work by Katie VanVliet, Lauren Fischer, Lisa Imperiale, Chad Lassin, & Caroline Garcia Ziegler. Highwire Gallery 2040 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA October 7-31, 2011 Opening Oct 7th, 6-10 pm


It's official!  BYO Print is moving down the street!  Come late October, we'll be set up at 2206 Coral Street, just a few blocks away from our current location.  Nestled in a homey rowhouse on an active block, we'll have more square footage for specific-use areas.  Look forward to a new silkscreen room, exposure closet, acids being far away from flat files, and a CLEAN breakroom! Plus, all the amenities that a house has to offer, like hot water. Want to help us out?  The official moving day is October 23rd, and we'll be working on projects at the new space to get it ready for the printmaking studio in the meantime.  Anyone willing to help us move or build things will be gifted with booze, food, and some free hours to work in the shop once we're all set up.

The Miss Rockaway Armada in Philadelphia

This is some pretty exciting news so listen up! The Miss Rockaway Armada is a group of artists that come together from near and far to build "floatillas", floating sculptures made from urban debris, and repurposed architectural/ industrial/ mechanical materials. The artists are builders, sculptors, printmakers, performers, musicians all living and working together to promote new ways of thinking about materials, habitats, community, and travel. It's kind of hard to describe, you really need to see them in action. And you will have a chance to in the upcoming months. Sponsored by the Pew Foundation and Hosted by the Philadelphia Art Alliance, the Armada is taking over Philadelphia with a fleet of floatillas, parades, marching bands, all sorts of shenanigans, and a huge exhibition at the Art Alliance. Want to see the construction in progress? Visit the build site anytime to take a look! 313 S. Broad Street Want to join the Armada in a parade with your own

Printing for 70 Rupees to Paradise Road

Hi folks!  I've been secretly assisting Rebecca Goldschmidt, the proprietress of The Random Tea Room, in organizing the festival, 70 Rupees to Paradise Road  .  Mostly to do with artists and google spreadsheets, BYO Print became one of the festival's sponsors when we agreed to print a very unique object for the festival, the rupee box!  Artists exhibiting during the festival donated a piece of artwork to a raffle, a fundraiser for the historic boat that this all takes place on, The Gazela (docked at Penn's Landing, BTW).  Each artist will receive a large silkscreen when they drop off work, which is a flat meant to be cut out and built into a sea chest!  Artists are encouraged to personalize their sea chest, but they will all share the same basic shape and printed elements.  The rupees, or raffle tickets, will go inside throughout the week until the closing party on July 30th when the winners of each artwork are drawn and announced.  How fun! Also, as an etcher mostly, thi

Call for Submissions: New Prints, NYC

International Print Center, New York, NY New Prints 2011/Autumn November 3, 2011 – January 7, 2012 In keeping with our mission to promote the greater appreciation and understanding of the fine art print, IPCNY presents a selection of new prints several times per year. New Prints 2011/Autumn will be the 40 th  New Prints Exhibition and the 5 th  in IPCNY’s new Gallery at 508 West 26 th  St, Rm. 5A.  The opening will correspond with Print Week in New York.  Please note: The exhibition will tour to the Visual Arts Center at The University of Texas, Austin from January 27 to March 10, 2012.  Please submit to this special exhibition! Criteria for selection are: • Only original fine art (limited edition and unique) prints are eligible; reproductions of other artwork such as drawings or paintings are not acceptable. • Selections will represent a broad diversity of sources, geographical and otherwise. • Prints must have been completed within a year of the submission deadlin

Our newest member: Caroline Garcia Ziegler!

Welcome to the BYO Print family, Caroline! Here's one of Caroline's mixed up fairy tales! According to her own blog, Okay Hooray!  this block is based on a doodle from her sketchbook.  This first layer, with some hand coloring is just the beginning! Stay tuned to her blog to find out just how she added the color, and for more layers! Caroline was recently an Artist in Residence at the Print Center of New Jersey, and taught several classes there.  She'll be teaching a class August at Peters Valley Craft Center, focusing on relief printing and book binding.  I need a lesson in bookbinding...come to think of it.... Anyway, on behalf of BYO Print and our printers, welcome to the family!

Visit us THIS SATURDAY at Trenton Avenue Arts Festival!!!!!

BYO Printers will be raising money this weekend at the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival by giving away hand-pulled prints in exchange for your donation towards our new exposure unit!  We are planning a big upgrade to BYO's facilities, and need your help! I carved this sketch onto a woodblock last night (first relief print in quite a while!) and will be printing it on Connie, our favorite mini-workhorse press, all day long!  

Spring Open House

BYO Print welcomes everyone to attend our Spring Open House/Members Show. 7pm-? First Friday 5/6/11 Members will be showing work and we will be celebrating Spring! As usual- we are BYO- feel free to bring us treats 2212 Sepviva (North Loft) Philadelphia

Old Photos of an Even Older Press

Last summer the machinists of Liberty Cycles, the motorcycle shop below BYO Print, helped us and the other artists on the loft assemble Matt Neff's amazing antique press.

Etsy Features Liberty Vintage Motorcycles

BYO Print is in the loft above (you can see our windows). How cool is this? Congrats to Adam for being the subject of a great video.

BYO Founder gets quizzed at Phillyist!

Check it...I was recently asked a series of inquisitive artsy questions by a lovely design/style/fashion/arts editor for PhillyIST. Here is the post!

How I spent my New Years Day.

Making fake walls and a ceiling at BYO... They're horribly unattractive, but these layers of plastic will give our space heaters a fighting chance of keeping printers warm through the rest of the winter. If you've been printing here already, sorry it took so long!