Print Farm Club makes debut with sale

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The new Print Farm Club will make its debut on campus by holding a sale today.

There will be sale tables set up from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the Center of the Arts atrium.

The Print Farm Club will be selling mostly clothing, bags and posters with prints on them.

“I have a bunch of clothes and actual prints [to sell],” Alex Pitsch, vice president of the Print Farm Club said.

The Print Farm Club creates prints from a variety of printmaking processes, including screen printing, relief printing and intaglio printing.

“I like the relief print,” Pitsch said.  “You have a block of linoleum or wood, and you sketch out your design and you carve away, and then you roll ink on it and send it through a press.”

Prints can take anywhere from one hour to several weeks to create.  Colored prints are more complex and can take longer to make.

“There’s a lot of time and effort that goes into it.  You can sync a lot of hours into one print, so that’s why they’re kind of expensive,” Pitsch said.

The items on sale will range from $5 to $50.

“Twenty percent will go to Print Farm and the rest the artist gets to keep,” Pitsch said.

A logo competition started the formation of the Print Farm Club.

“I took a print relief class with Max White and the first assignment was to design a logo that said Print Farm on it,” Pitsch said.  “I really enjoyed that class and my design won.”

The competition had multiple divisions.

“There were four categories and a winner in each of them, so there’s four designs circulating on flyers and stuff,” Pitsch said.

Print Farm Club has just fewer than 10 members.  Alysa Powell is the president.

“This semester we’re focused on the sale, but next semester we want to use our art to outreach.  One of the things we’re thinking about was making postcards and sending them to people in nursing homes or something… send them a little piece of art,” Pitsch added with a laugh.

Anyone interested in joining the Print Farm Club should contact Associate Professor of Art Max White at [email protected]