Woodcut

BIG INK Large-Scale Woodblock Printing at Hatch Show Print, Nashville, TN

Share

Country:

Eligibility:

Deadline to submit a proposal: Midnight, July 8, 2019

Event Location: 224 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Event Date(s): September 14-15, 2019

Event Time: 10 am - 5 pm

Public Time: 11 am - 4 pm

Link to Submit: https://www.bigink.org/apply/

Event Synopsis:

BIG INK, a nationally recognized print arts organization, is traveling to Hatch Show Print in 2019.  Hatch Show Print has invited BIG INK to host a two-day event where prints will be pulled from large-scale woodblock plates.  We are seeking image proposals from emerging, mid-career, and established visual artists who would like to carve a woodblock, at least 24" x 36" inches in dimension, to print at the event.  No prior printmaking experience is required. Any artist that has an interest in print media and wants to achieve a deeper understanding of woodblock carving is welcome to apply.

Upon completing the application and being accepted, artists will have two months prior to the event to carve their design.  BIG INK has created how-to videos that guide participants through the carving process.  The series draws from invaluable technical observations made by BIG INK's directors and past participating artists.  The artists' sole responsibility is to bring a fully carved and ready to print woodblock on their assigned printing day.  All consumable materials including paper, ink, cleaning supplies and equipment are included with participation.

The event itself is an excellent way to network with other participants, plug into a growing creative community, and produce high-quality work that can later be used for sale and exhibition.

About BIG INK:

BIG INK's mission is to inspire a greater public appreciation for large-scale woodblock printmaking and extend its practice.  Founded in 2012, BIG INK was originally the brainchild of Lyell Castonguay and Carand Burnet.  Castonguay, whose personal woodblock work is often monumental in scale, wanted to organize a community of large-scale woodblock artists.  Castonguay and Burnet began to host informal gatherings at print studios around their local area.  These happenings evolved into the collaborative working model BIG INK utilizes today.  BIG INK establishes a temporary print shop on site at affiliate organizations, most often at museums, universities, art centers, studios, and galleries. Artists are selected through a call-for-entry process to attend these events and print original woodblocks at least 24” x 36” in dimension. Since the program’s inception, hundreds of artists have participated in BIG INK events across the country.

About Hatch Show Print:

Hatch Show Print is one of America's oldest letterpress shops, in business since 1879. It has created original art for Elvis Presley, Grand Ole Opry stars and contemporary artists like The Black Keys. Step inside the shop to view printmaking in action, take the official tour or shop its selection of historic restrikes, apparel and collectibles.

Participant Benefits:

BIG INK events are a constructive way to collaborate in a creatively inspiring space while gaining an in-depth knowledge of how to create a large-scale woodblock print. The program is designed for printmakers who understand basic woodblock principles but want to expand their expertise and working scale. The program is also designed for those not yet trained in woodblock but whose visual aesthetic would lend itself to the medium. This includes illustrators, sculptors, designers, and painters who use bold contrast, strong outlines, and patterning. Participating in an event often inspires artists to incorporate more print work in their studio practice.

BIG INK's role is to make the production of a large-scale woodblock accessible and easy to understand. We make the experience rewarding and informative by imparting our knowledge of preferred materials and techniques. We do so through a tutorial series comprised of over 20 videos.  Step-by-step instructions guide BIG INK participants with preferred materials and methods including plywood types, image transferring, carving, creating textures, fixing mistakes, tool maintenance, incorporating power tools, and more.  BIG INK remains in contact providing guidance and technical support when needed.  At the conclusion of the event, BIG INK photographs each participant's finished print. We add this image to the bigink.org online archive. These images are used to help curate BIG INK themed exhibits at national and international art venues.

How Many Prints Are Produced?

BIG INK assists in the creation of three impressions from each participant's woodblock.  We pride ourselves on producing high-quality impressions despite that events typically happen in a community setting.  Work is printed using oil-based inks on archival paper and the quality is comparable to what you would receive working at a private studio.

What happens to the prints produced at the event?

We request ownership of one print for our archive in order to photograph your work and use it for curatorial projects.  At some point, we hope to donate these prints to a museum.  The archive consists of over 300 prints and growing.  The other two prints remain in the artists' possession.

What do I submit with my image proposal?

We ask for basic contact info, a short artist statement/bio, anticipated dimensions of your woodblock and most importantly a JPG that represents what you intend to carve.  You are welcome to submit an image from your portfolio or a new design.  Upload your image in black & white via the application on our apply page.  Please note your proposal image doesn't have to be completed on a large scale and can be drafted in your preferred medium.  Black sharpie, pen & ink, and dark pencil gives us the clearest impression of your concept.  Avoid the use of gray tones when possible. Refer to this album of past proposals for inspiration and reference.  Images must be solely created by the applicant.

What material should I use to carve my woodblock?

Artists are responsible for purchasing 1/2" cherry ply, 1/2" MDF or 3/8" Shina.  Purchase links to materials will be provided to accepted participants.

How big can I work?

Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but no larger than 40” x 96” in dimension.

Fees:

It is free to submit a proposal; accepted artists pay $300 dollars to participate.  This covers all consumable materials for the event including printing ink, paper, cleaning supplies, equipment and photography.  The artist is only required to bring a fully carved block.

Scholarships:

We are unable to offer scholarships at this time. Past participants have been able to cover funding through local and state grants, The Awesome Foundation or crowd funding platforms like Kickstarter.

Other Commonly Asked Questions:

Q: Can two artists collaborate on a proposal?   A: Yes, list both names on the application.

Q: Can I submit an existing image with my proposal?  A: Yes

Q: If accepted can I change my proposal image after the fact?  A: Yes, as long as it falls within the same aesthetic.

Q: Does my proposal image have to be a certain size?  A: Your proposal image can be small.  It doesn't have to be the same size as your woodblock.

Q: Am I expected to attend both printing days?  A: No, but you’re welcome to.

Q: How many prints does each artist produce?  A: Three, one of which is archived in the BIG INK portfolio.

Q: Can I bring my own paper and print more?  A: Because we work with many artists at one time we standardize for time's sake.  There isn't enough time to print more than three impressions of your woodblock at the event.

Q: What type of paper do we use?  A: Masa

Q: What type of ink do we use?  A: Oil-based relief ink, bring an apron and wear work clothes.

Q: Do I have to bring any other materials besides my carved block?  A: No

Q: Can we print in color?  A: Because we work with many artists at one time we standardize for time's sake.  There isn't enough time and space for color printing.

Q: How do we transport the finished prints?  A: BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work.

Q: Do you have recommendations on where to stay?  A: We use Airbnb and quality hotels are usually located a short drive away or within walking distance.

Q: What is the best way to transport the finished block if I'm flying?  A: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue.  Contact us directly to confirm. When shipping your block please include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home simple.

Q: Can I create an edition of prints after the event?  A: Yes

Q: Can BIG INK create an edition of prints for me?  A: Yes, for a fee.

Q: Can I cut the block in half to facilitate transport to and from the venue?  A: We recommend it for images over 6 feet long. We will abut the pieces together on the press before printing.

Artist Testimonials:

"Being a professional sculptor, carving a woodcut was something that appealed to my sensibilities but was also something I'd never done.  BIG INK's step by step videos was helpful in guiding me through the process. BIG INK answered my technical questions quickly and gave me feedback on my image when I emailed photos.  I'm now taking what I learned as a BIG INK participant and integrating it back into my 3-D work." Kerry O. Furlani

"BIG INK encouraged all the participants to work together to execute their prints. The event inspired me to continue exploring scale and surface in my practice and opened up a new channel of communication with a great group of artists."  Enrique Figueredo

Deadline: 
07/08/2019

Entry Fee:

Fee Detail: 
Free to apply, $300 dollars if accepted
Contact & Links: 

Create a large woodcut with BIG INK at Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

Share

Country:

Event Synopsis: BIG INK is pleased to partner with Dedee Shattuck Gallery for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions. We’ll be utilizing BIG INK’s giant mobile etching press to pull prints. If accepted, artists will have two months prior to the event to carve their image into a piece of plywood. BIG INK remains in contact with each participant providing guidance and technical support when needed.  The Shattuck serves contemporary artists and craftspeople as well as the local and global art communities by providing compelling exhibitions, enriching cultural events, and a forum for the exchange of creative thought and critical discussion about the arts.  The Shattuck emphasizes the relationship between contemporary art and the environment. The Shattuck is primarily solar powered.

About BIG INK: Our mission is to inspire a greater appreciation for relief printmaking and extend its practice among contemporary artists.  We invite artists, via a call-for-entry application process, to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, through bigink.org.  Approximately sixteen proposals are accepted per event and those selected are given two months to carve an image. At the end of the two months, BIG INK meets with the artists at a predetermined space, such as an art center, festival, or community print shop, and helps them print his or her woodcut onto paper. These events culminate in exhibition opportunities and potential sales for the artists who participate.  Since mid-2017 BIG INK has helped 125 artists create new work at venues across the United States.

Event Location: Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners’ Lane, Westport, MA 02790

Deadline for Consideration: Midnight, April 9th, 2018

Event Date(s): Jun 16th & 17th, 2018

Criteria: BIG INK considers proposals based on the following:

Size: Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but not larger than 40” x 96” in dimension.

Material: Artists are responsible for securing their own ½” thick plywood, 1/2" MDF or 3/8" Shina for carving and their own carving tools. The plywood or MDF must be ½” thick, the Shina must be 3/8".

Originality: The uniqueness of the design will be a major consideration.  A drawing, digital graphic, altered photography, collage, sketch, painting or print are acceptable examples to include with your proposal. Images must be solely created by the applicant.

Cohesiveness: The anticipated dimensions of your woodblock should match the format of the image you submit.

Fees: It is free to submit a proposal; accepted artists pay $295 dollars to participate.  This covers all consumable materials for the event including: printing ink, paper, cleaning supplies, and equipment usage.  All that is required of the artist is to bring a fully carved block. 

Benefits:  BIG INK events are best described as a concentrated burst of productive energy bringing together leading artists from throughout the region to network with each other and potential patrons.  We provide the technical expertise and specialized equipment necessary to bring the artist's studio directly to the public in an engaging way. Our mobile printing press, dubbed “The Big Tuna,” has the ability to produce woodblock prints up to 48” x 96”. No other etching press of its size is used for this form of collaborative printing.  In addition, selected participants also receive:

Professional Prints: BIG INK assists in the creation of three impressions from each participant's carved block.

Video Tutorials: Never made a woodcut or woodblock print? No problem! We've created step-by-step video tutorials to walk you through the whole process.

High-Res Photography: We provide a professionally photographed image of each participants work at no additional charge.

Curated Exhibits: National and international art venues curate BIG INK exhibits from our growing portfolio. Your work could be featured next!

Outreach: We create a page for each participant on our website.  Our web and social outlets receive thousands of views each month and will put your work in front of a larger audience.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Q: Can two artists collaborate on a proposal?

A: Yes, list both names on the application.
 

Q: Can I submit an existing image with my proposal?

A: Yes

 

Q: If accepted can I change my proposal image after the fact?

A: Yes, as long as it falls within the same aesthetic.

 

Q: Does my proposal image have to be a certain size?

A: Your proposal image can a small.  It doesn't have to be the same size as your final carved woodblock.

 

Q: What time are we expected to arrive at the event?

A: 10 am sharp

 

Q: How long are we expected to remain after our work is printed?

A: Until 5 pm

 

Q: Are we expected to attend both printing days?

A: No, but you’re welcome to attend.

 

Q: How many prints does each artist produce?

A: Three

 

Q: Can I bring my own paper and print more?

A: Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time to print more.

 

Q: What type of paper do we use?

A: Masa

 

Q: What type of ink do we use?

A: Oil based relief ink, bring an apron and wear work cloths.

 

Q: Do I have to bring any other materials besides my carved block?

A: No

 

Q: Can we print in color?

A: No

 

Q: How do we transport the finished prints?

A: BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work and tubes are provided for those that are mailing work.

 

Q: Do you have recommendations on where to stay?

A: We use Airbnb most frequently and quality hotels are usually located a short drive away or within walking distance.

 

Q: What is the best way to transport the finished block if I'm flying?

A: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue.  Contact us directly to confirm. When shipping your block please include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home simple.

Deadline: 
04/10/2018
Fee Detail: 
Free to apply, $295 if selected to participate

Print your large woodcut with BIG INK at 3 Fish Studios, San Francisco, CA

Share

Country:

Event Synopsis: BIG INK is pleased to partner with 3 Fish Studios for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions. We’ll be utilizing 3 Fish’s 48" x 72" etching press to pull prints. If accepted, artists will have two months prior to the event to carve their image into a piece of plywood. BIG INK remains in contact with each participant providing guidance and technical support when needed.  Eric Rewitzer and Annie Galvin are printmakers and painters, husband and wife, and founders of 3 Fish Studios. The Outer Sunset hub is home to their workshop and studio, where art happens daily and visitors are always welcome; they love collaborating, making, and sharing creative projects with cool folks.

About BIG INK: Our mission is to inspire a greater appreciation for relief printmaking and extend its practice among contemporary artists.  We invite artists, via a call-for-entry application process, to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, through bigink.org.  Approximately sixteen proposals are accepted per event and those selected are given two months to carve an image. At the end of the two months, BIG INK meets with the artists at a predetermined space, such as an art center, festival, or community print shop, and helps them print his or her woodcut onto paper. These events culminate in exhibition opportunities and potential sales for the artists who participate.  Since the BIG INK's founding in 2012, BIG INK has assisted hundreds of artists in creating new relief works at venues across the United States.

Event Location: 3 Fish Studios, 4541 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Deadline for Consideration: Midnight, Feb 19th, 2018

Event Date(s): Apr 28th & 29th, 2018

Criteria: BIG INK considers proposals based on the following:

  • Size: Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but not larger than 40” x 60” in dimension.
  • Material: Artists are responsible for securing their own ½” thick plywood, 1/2" MDF or 3/8" Shina for carving and their own carving tools. The plywood or MDF must be ½” thick, the Shina must be 3/8".
  • Originality: The uniqueness of the design will be a major consideration.  A drawing, digital graphic, altered photography, collage, sketch, painting or print are acceptable examples to include with your proposal. Images must be solely created by the applicant.
  • Cohesiveness: The anticipated dimensions of your woodblock should match the format of the image you submit.

Fees: It is free to submit a proposal; accepted artists pay $295 dollars to participate.  This covers all consumable materials for the event including: printing ink, paper, cleaning supplies, and equipment usage.  All that is required of the artist is to bring a fully carved block. 

Benefits:  BIG INK events are best described as a concentrated burst of productive energy bringing together leading artists from throughout the region to network with each other and potential patrons.  We provide the technical expertise and specialized equipment necessary to bring the artist's studio directly to the public in an engaging way.  In addition, selected participants also receive:

  • Professional Prints: BIG INK assists in the creation of three impressions from each participant's carved block.
  • Video Tutorials: Never made a woodcut or woodblock print? No problem! We've created step-by-step video tutorials to walk you through the whole process.
  • High-Res Photography: We provide a professionally photographed image of each participants work at no additional charge.
  • Curated Exhibits: National and international art venues curate BIG INK exhibits from our growing portfolio. Your work could be featured next!
  • Outreach: We create a page for each participant on our website.  Our web and social outlets receive thousands of views each month and will put your work in front of a larger audience.
     

Commonly Asked Questions:

Q: Can two artists collaborate on a proposal?

A: Yes, list both names on the application.
 

Q: Can I submit an existing image with my proposal?

A: Yes

 

Q: If accepted can I change my proposal image after the fact?

A: Yes, as long as it falls within the same aesthetic.

 

Q: Does my proposal image have to be a certain size?

A: Your proposal image can a small.  It doesn't have to be the same size as your final carved woodblock.

 

Q: What time are we expected to arrive at the event?

A: 10 am sharp

 

Q: How long are we expected to remain after our work is printed?

A: Until 5 pm

 

Q: Are we expected to attend both printing days?

A: No, but you’re welcome to attend.

 

Q: How many prints does each artist produce?

A: Three

 

Q: Can I bring my own paper and print more?

A: Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time to print more.

 

Q: What type of paper do we use?

A: Masa

 

Q: What type of ink do we use?

A: Oil based relief ink, bring an apron and wear work cloths.

 

Q: Do I have to bring any other materials besides my carved block?

A: No

 

Q: Can we print in color?

A: No

 

Q: How do we transport the finished prints?

A: BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work and tubes are provided for those that are mailing work.

 

Q: Do you have recommendations on where to stay?

A: We use Airbnb most frequently and quality hotels are usually located a short drive away or within walking distance.

 

Q: What is the best way to transport the finished block if I'm flying?

A: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue.  Contact us directly to confirm. When shipping your block please include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home simple.

Deadline: 
02/20/2018
Fee Detail: 
Free to apply; $295 if accepted

Create a large woodcut with BIG INK at Deedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

Share

Country:

Event Synopsis: BIG INK is pleased to partner with Dedee Shattuck Gallery for two one-day large woodcut printing sessions. We’ll be utilizing BIG INK’s giant mobile etching press to pull prints. If accepted, artists will have two months prior to the event to carve their image into a piece of plywood. BIG INK remains in contact with each participant providing guidance and technical support when needed.  The Shattuck serves contemporary artists and craftspeople as well as the local and global art communities by providing compelling exhibitions, enriching cultural events, and a forum for the exchange of creative thought and critical discussion about the arts.  The Shattuck emphasizes the relationship between contemporary art and the environment. The Shattuck is primarily solar powered.

About BIG INK: Our mission is to inspire a greater appreciation for relief printmaking and extend its practice among contemporary artists.  We invite artists, via a call-for-entry application process, to submit a proposal to create a woodcut, at least 24” x 36” in dimension, through bigink.org.  Approximately sixteen proposals are accepted per event and those selected are given two months to carve an image. At the end of the two months, BIG INK meets with the artists at a predetermined space, such as an art center, festival, or community print shop, and helps them print his or her woodcut onto paper. These events culminate in exhibition opportunities and potential sales for the artists who participate.  Since mid-2017 BIG INK has helped 125 artists create new work at venues across the United States.

Event Location: Dedee Shattuck Gallery, 1 Partners’ Lane, Westport, MA 02790

Deadline for Consideration: Midnight, April 9th, 2018

Event Date(s): Jun 16th & 17th, 2018

Criteria: BIG INK considers proposals based on the following:

Size: Images must be at least 24” x 36” in dimension but not larger than 40” x 96” in dimension.

Material: Artists are responsible for securing their own ½” thick plywood, 1/2" MDF or 3/8" Shina for carving and their own carving tools. The plywood or MDF must be ½” thick, the Shina must be 3/8".

Originality: The uniqueness of the design will be a major consideration.  A drawing, digital graphic, altered photography, collage, sketch, painting or print are acceptable examples to include with your proposal. Images must be solely created by the applicant.

Cohesiveness: The anticipated dimensions of your woodblock should match the format of the image you submit.

Fees: It is free to submit a proposal; accepted artists pay $295 dollars to participate.  This covers all consumable materials for the event including: printing ink, paper, cleaning supplies, and equipment usage.  All that is required of the artist is to bring a fully carved block. 

Benefits:  BIG INK events are best described as a concentrated burst of productive energy bringing together leading artists from throughout the region to network with each other and potential patrons.  We provide the technical expertise and specialized equipment necessary to bring the artist's studio directly to the public in an engaging way. Our mobile printing press, dubbed “The Big Tuna,” has the ability to produce woodblock prints up to 48” x 96”. No other etching press of its size is used for this form of collaborative printing.  In addition, selected participants also receive:

Professional Prints: BIG INK assists in the creation of three impressions from each participant's carved block.

Video Tutorials: Never made a woodcut or woodblock print? No problem! We've created step-by-step video tutorials to walk you through the whole process.

High-Res Photography: We provide a professionally photographed image of each participants work at no additional charge.

Curated Exhibits: National and international art venues curate BIG INK exhibits from our growing portfolio. Your work could be featured next!

Outreach: We create a page for each participant on our website.  Our web and social outlets receive thousands of views each month and will put your work in front of a larger audience.

Commonly Asked Questions:

Q: Can two artists collaborate on a proposal?

A: Yes, list both names on the application.
 

Q: Can I submit an existing image with my proposal?

A: Yes

 

Q: If accepted can I change my proposal image after the fact?

A: Yes, as long as it falls within the same aesthetic.

 

Q: Does my proposal image have to be a certain size?

A: Your proposal image can a small.  It doesn't have to be the same size as your final carved woodblock.

 

Q: What time are we expected to arrive at the event?

A: 10 am sharp

 

Q: How long are we expected to remain after our work is printed?

A: Until 5 pm

 

Q: Are we expected to attend both printing days?

A: No, but you’re welcome to attend.

 

Q: How many prints does each artist produce?

A: Three

 

Q: Can I bring my own paper and print more?

A: Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time to print more.

 

Q: What type of paper do we use?

A: Masa

 

Q: What type of ink do we use?

A: Oil based relief ink, bring an apron and wear work cloths.

 

Q: Do I have to bring any other materials besides my carved block?

A: No

 

Q: Can we print in color?

A: No

 

Q: How do we transport the finished prints?

A: BIG INK provides newsprint to wrap the work and tubes are provided for those that are mailing work.

 

Q: Do you have recommendations on where to stay?

A: We use Airbnb most frequently and quality hotels are usually located a short drive away or within walking distance.

 

Q: What is the best way to transport the finished block if I'm flying?

A: You may be able to ship your block directly to the venue.  Contact us directly to confirm. When shipping your block please include a return label in the package. This makes shipping your block back home simple.

Deadline: 
04/10/2018
Fee Detail: 
Free to apply, $295 if selected to participate

Create a large woodcut with BIG INK at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD

Share

Country:

BIG INK at Maryland Hall

If you're interested in creating a large woodcut for this event please visit http://www.bigink.org/apply. The deadline to apply is May 29th, 2017.

BIG INK is partnering with Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts for an event that fosters appreciation for the art of woodcut printmaking. On August 4th & 5th, 2017 BIG INK will bring a 48” x 96” mobile printmaking press to Maryland Hall. BIG INK volunteers will help pre selected participating artists print woodcuts en plein air. The finished prints will be hung in a highly visible area, creating a viewing gallery for all to enjoy.

The participating artists, selected by Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK, will bring giant carved wood blocks measuring at least 24" x 36" in size. Visitors will witness woodcuts being printed in an open forum. Handouts will explain the process, its history, and context in contemporary art. In addition, the artists who created the work will be in attendance to network and answer questions. The prints created at BIG INK events are exhibited in university galleries, art centers, and museums, such as a recent show in Seoul, Korea.

Deadline: 
05/30/2017
Fee Detail: 
Free to apply, $275 if selected to participate

Create a large woodcut with BIG INK at Atlanta Printmakers Studio, Atlanta, GA

Share

Country:

City:

BIG INK is partnering with Atlanta Printmakers Studio (APS) in Atlanta, GA for an event that fosters appreciation for the art of woodcut printmaking. On Oct 7th & 8th, 2017 BIG INK will bring a 48” x 96” mobile printmaking press to APS. BIG INK volunteers will help pre selected artists print woodcuts en plein air. The finished prints will be hung in a highly visible area, creating a viewing gallery for all to enjoy.

The participating artists, selected by Lyell Castonguay, director of BIG INK, will bring giant carved wood blocks measuring at least 24" x 36" in size. Visitors will witness woodcuts being printed in an open forum. Handouts will explain the process, its history, and context in contemporary art. In addition, the artists who created the work will be in attendance to network and answer questions. The prints created at BIG INK events are exhibited in university galleries, art centers, and museums, such as a recent show in Seoul, Korea.

If you're interested in creating a large woodcut for this event please visit http://www.bigink.org/apply. The deadline to apply is July 31st, 2017.

Deadline: 
08/01/2017
Fee Detail: 
Free to apply, $285 if accepted.

Pages

Subscribe to Woodcut