Wednesday, July 20, 2011

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 souped up bike? all foot and pedal powered "floats" are welcome to join!
September 3rd: West Philly Broad & Spruce to Clark Park
September 10th: Kensington Little Berlin to Flux Space
Please contact:

Want to play in the Armada Marching Band?
Please contact:

I will be posting photographs and sneak peeks as an insider at the Art Alliance this summer, so please stay tuned!

Friday, July 15, 2011

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, this is the very first silkscreen I've ever printed, so if you happen to be an artist who gets one of these, don't judge me if the print is was a very ambitious print at 30" by 30" for a novice!  PLUS, BYO's exposure unit is non-existent, so this is drawn completely by hand....yikes!
I also totally messed up the screen filler the first time and had to clean it off and start from scratch, oops!

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
 New Prints
Exhibition and the 5
 in IPCNY’s new Gallery at 508 West 26
 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 deadline.
THERE IS NO ENTRY FEE. Independent artists, workshops, publishers and dealers are all welcome to submit
recently completed print projects. Please refer to the Submission Guidelines below. The Selections
Committee, composed of six members of the art community, will be announced in the coming weeks. All artists
whose work has been selected will be notified by phone or email. If you have not received word by
August 19, 2011, check the “what’s new” section of IPCNY’s website for the list of artists included. PLEASE DO
Artists and publishers whose work has been selected will be responsible for the framing and delivery of work to
IPCNY by October 24, 2011. IPCNY will cover the return cost of delivery within reason. Due to the increased
number of international submissions being selected, IPCNY can only contribute $50 dollars on return shipments
overseas.  Packaging must be provided by the lender for work being shipped outside of New York City.  With this
40th presentation of New Prints, IPCNY continues its role as an important venue for the rotating display of
exciting contemporary fine art prints. We look forward to seeing your recent projects. Thank you.
*NOTE*: Please follow the guidelines when preparing your materials, or your submission may be disqualified.
1) Materials must be received by August 1, 2011
3) Send images in digital format on a CD (no DVDs)
labeled with the submitter's name. DO NOT SEND
maximum of five works per artist is allowed. There is no
size limit.
• Images must be clear, professionally presented,
and accurately represent the work.
• Images must be in jpeg format, the largest
dimension (length or width) should be 1000 pixels.
• Image resolution must be set at 72 dpi.
• Name each image as follows: artist's last
name_first name_entry number.
            (For example; smith_john_01.jpg,        
              smith_john_02.jpg, etc )
All submissions must contain an image list, included as a word
document or plain text document on the CD, as well as a
hard copy printout. The list should be presented as follows:
• Title the list document file: artist last_artist first.doc
• The list must be headed with the name of the submitter
and complete contact information: address, phone number
and email address. Publishers, please include a new form
for each artist submitted.
• Each list entry should be numbered corresponding to the
number on the digital images. The list should include:
Entry number, artist’s name (first, last), title, date
completed, medium, edition size, dimensions: (Length x
Width in inches) plate size, paper size, printer, publisher.
           1)  John Smith
                Love Song, 2009
                Lithograph with chine collĂ©. Edition: 25
                Plate: 25" x 25", Paper: 30" x 30"
                Printed by Editions, Inc.
                Published by the artist
Mail to: IPCNY, New Prints Program, 508 West 26
 Street, Room 5A, New York, NY 10001

Monday, July 11, 2011

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!