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Pickwick Independent Press

Pickwick Independent Press Pickwick Independent Press is a community print shop located in downtown Portland, Maine. Community Printshop!

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It is cold and gloomy here but Pickwick member Liz McGhee / @estraith has given us HOPE for the swimming season ahead wi...
04/19/2022

It is cold and gloomy here but Pickwick member Liz McGhee / @estraith has given us HOPE for the swimming season ahead with this wildly inventive card series. Each one has a water feature designed with wood or metal type and a swimmer. They are available in our online Corner Store as single cards or a set. Float on overrrr and get some!

[Image ID: six folded cards on a blue background with various water scenes made by overlapping “s” “o” “v” and “e” type with a small swimmer featured in each one.]

#Letterpress #Card #Prints #Printmakers #PickwickIndependentPress #Swimmer #WoodType #MetalType #TypeDesign #ShopLocal #SupportYourLocalArtists #PickwickCornerStore

It’s Member Monday! Today we’re featuring Pickwick member Kristina Buckley (@twofern) ✨Q. Can you tell us about a fun pr...
02/21/2022

It’s Member Monday! Today we’re featuring Pickwick member Kristina Buckley (@twofern) ✨

Q. Can you tell us about a fun project you’ve worked on lately?

A. I’m currently working on something exciting that I can’t make public just yet (stay tuned!). But some of the more fun projects I’ve worked on this year have been show & event posters including two for my pal’s band @voila_deadgowns.

Q. What’s your favorite tool at Pickwick?

A. The finger muncher a.k.a. the industrial paper guillotine to get those crisp & consistent cuts for paper editions. The (very old school) paper perforator is also something I worked with for the first time this year, and while it is tedious to use it makes for a very satisfying outcome.

Q. If you had to recommend a snack, what would it be?

A. I’m really a snacks guy! A go-to snack in our house that doubles as dinner when you’ve had a long day is popcorn with sea salt, olive oil, nutritional yeast & Tajin seasoning. My most recent snack obsession though is the Calbee brand seaweed & salt potato chips from @sunorientalmarket.

Kristina is currently booking commission work for the Spring for design, illustration, & printing. You can view more of her work at twofern.com or send any project inquiries to [email protected].

(Kristina also runs our Printers Devil Subscription program so if you are a subscriber, she’s the magician sending you mail each month!)

Thanks, Kristina! We’re so grateful to have you as a part of our community! 💖✨

[Image ID: slide 1, Kristina sitting in front of drawers of type at Pickwick. slide 2, a three-color (yellow, orange, and blue) risograph print with a flower, watering can, and water design. slide 3, a digital design of a house, moon, and flowers in a muted green color scheme - around the edges is written “Housing Is A Human Right.” slide 4, a risograph poster with red and yellow ink for a show featuring Habibi and Deadgowns at Space Gallery on a multicolored background.]

#PickwickMembers #TwoFern #Printmakers #Design #Illustration #Freelance #Risograph #Posters #PrintersDevil #OurMembersAreTheBest

Incredible new Printers Without Margins print by Pickwick member @evwong.art / @fireballbookbindery. (Peep that gorgeous...
02/19/2022

Incredible new Printers Without Margins print by Pickwick member @evwong.art / @fireballbookbindery. (Peep that gorgeous transparent layer visible in the second photo.) Half the proceeds from this print go to @aapiwomenlead - an organization that “aims to strengthen the progressive political and social platforms of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in the US through the leadership of self-identified AAPI women and girls.” Available in the Corner Store via link in bio.

[Image ID: a screen print on red paper with a top layer of gold ink with a lantern and florals and cursive text that reads “Very Asian” and text at the bottom that reads “Stop AAPI Hate.” A subtle transparent ink layer of ornamentation lies beneath the gold ink.]

#VeryAsian #StopAAPIHate #Printmakers #Screenprint #PickwickIndependentPress #PrintersWithoutMargins

Good news!: we sell all kinds of fun things that you’ll wanna send to your sweeties- and if you portland and south portl...
02/11/2022

Good news!: we sell all kinds of fun things that you’ll wanna send to your sweeties- and if you portland and south portlanders get your orders in by Sunday at 10 am, we’ll deliver them to your door by Monday afternoon!

Check out our stories and Website Corner store on our www to order up! And if you’re not local, we promise, these won’t expire after the 14th😉

#lovenotes
#communityprintshop #portlandmaine #southportlandmaine #letterpress #xoxo

Image ID: hand holding a postcard sized paper bag that reads : “Love notes postcard pack, printed with care by the members of Pickwick independent press,” multicolor postcards are peeking out of the bag, against a multicolor background.

We’re bundled up with love and prints today! Come see us and other amazing folks at the @coveside_coffee 11-2 today! @ra...
02/06/2022

We’re bundled up with love and prints today! Come see us and other amazing folks at the @coveside_coffee 11-2 today!

@rachadilla @childish.books @16counties_makes @twofern @melociity @presstoprints @wingedartwork @inciardi @corneliawalworth @littlechairprinting @estraith
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@thepinkwaffleme @allison.mckeen @lovelabstudio @thecultivatedthread @kaciastudios @studio.choo11 @slowgritstudio @wildsoljewelry @rouxco_leathergoods @tenderlyboundbooks

Today is affirmation day over in the Pickwick Corner Store. Our members EXCEL at encouragement, patience, and how to kee...
01/28/2022

Today is affirmation day over in the Pickwick Corner Store. Our members EXCEL at encouragement, patience, and how to keep on moving forward (or pausing) in the midst of all that life presents to us. Prints featured here are by @16counties_makes @twofern @wingedprints @radicalemprints and @presstoprints and are all available via the Corner Store link in our bio. Affirmations for YOU! Or someone YOU LOVE! We see you and appreciate you.

[Image ID: a collection of prints sit together on a counter. There are two cards that say “Yer Great!” and “U Did It!,” a smaller print that reads “Make room for new growth,” a larger print of nasturtiums that says “Growth is not linear - all we can do is continue unfurling towards the sun” and the final print reads “You are worth so much more than your productivity. Anti-capitalist love notes.”]

#Prints #Letterpress #Screenprint #SupportArtists #PickwickIndependentPress #YerGreat #UDidIt #AnticapitalistLoveNotes

hello 2022 - we’ve got a couple of new items up in the Corner Store to help set the tone for the new year. One is a Prin...
01/13/2022

hello 2022 - we’ve got a couple of new items up in the Corner Store to help set the tone for the new year. One is a Printers Without Margins postcard about paid leave, letterpress printed by @16counties_makes and the other is a book titled “Worms Don’t Work for Wages: An Anticapitalist ABC’s” from @childish.books. Find them both at the top of our online Corner Store!

[Image Id: A postcard that reads “Normalize paid time off for caregiving mental health & healing. paid leave benefits us all” printed on a time stamp card sits on top of an open book that says “Urchins don’t undermine unions.” Standing behind both these is the cover of the ABC book with a worm coming out of an apple.]

#Prints #Printmakers #PickwickIndependentPress #CornerStore #PrintersWithoutMargins #PaidLeave #AnticapitalistABCs #Letterpress #Riso

Kristina Buckley’s @twofern December 2021 #pickwickcalendar is a stunning screenprint with watercolor reading FREE THEM ...
12/22/2021

Kristina Buckley’s @twofern December 2021 #pickwickcalendar is a stunning screenprint with watercolor reading
FREE THEM ALL:
Abolition looks like- permanent affordable housing,
harm reduction & overdose prevention sites,
conflict mediation & restorative justice,
food security & free education,
and everyone getting thier needs met.
Our communities and better for it when we
Invest in one another.

Resources for prison abolition: locally: portlandoutright.org
Nationally: black and pink.org

Cecilia Rebecca Ziko’s @16counties_makes November 2021 #pickwickcalendar is a 2 color letterpress print hand set with wo...
12/22/2021

Cecilia Rebecca Ziko’s @16counties_makes November 2021 #pickwickcalendar is a 2 color letterpress print hand set with wood type reading”Locked up shouldn’t mean locked out, end felony disenfranchisement” in orange and grey ink.

Juan Guevara’s @jgueva_12 October of the 2021 #pickwickcalender is a gorgeous 4 color woodcut printed on our trusty Vand...
12/22/2021

Juan Guevara’s @jgueva_12 October of the 2021 #pickwickcalender is a gorgeous 4 color woodcut printed on our trusty Vandercook 4!
The resources for this month are: Maineimmigrantrights.org and ACLU.org.

We hope it comes as no surprise that our social media presence usually doesn’t accurately reflect our world, and certain...
12/22/2021

We hope it comes as no surprise that our social media presence usually doesn’t accurately reflect our world, and certainly not the reverence we have for all of our members work and the work of our community, near and far! We wanted to take a bit of time to pay a little more homage to the wonderful work of Pickwick members on the 2021 #pickwickcalendar before this rotation ends and next years begins!
Nicole Manganelli’s @radicalemprints September is a gorgeous letterpress print with a warm red star with hand set metal type in black ink that reads
“Black liberation and
Indigenous sovereignty
are the cornerstones
of a world in which
we are all free.”

🥞It’s that time of year when RayRay and Pilar jump on IG live and feature/gush/giggle about ALL OF THE AMAZING THINGS WE...
12/12/2021

🥞It’s that time of year when RayRay and Pilar jump on IG live and feature/gush/giggle about ALL OF THE AMAZING THINGS WE HAVE FOR SALE ONLINE AT THE PICKWICK CORNER STORE !!! (yes: all caps)
Is it an adequate substitute for our usual holiday shenanigans and annual holiday sale? No.
But it is great and informative and silly and safe; just how we like things these days.
Do our members make incredible printed works perfect for gift giving year round and also especially in this season? YES!
Are we delivering things to your door for the holidays? YES!
Are we shipping things? YES!
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#PrintmakingIsTheBestMaking
#CommunityPrintShops
#Printmaking #MainePrintmakers
#PleaseGetVaccinated

PhotoID: 1. Drake meme that reads “ I can’t even holiday without the annual pickwick sale” and “the pickwick shopping network is going live on Instagram Monday at 7pm? Yessssss” 2. A still from the QVC that illustrates that pilar and RayRay will be talking about all of the amazing ppr it’s for sale on our website.

We know you’ve been waiting for this moment - the 2022 PICKWICK CALENDAR HAS ARRIVED! Wowzas! We shook up the format eve...
11/29/2021

We know you’ve been waiting for this moment - the 2022 PICKWICK CALENDAR HAS ARRIVED! Wowzas! We shook up the format ever so slightly this year (details in the calendar listing in the online Corner Store) and as per usual, our members made STUNNING prints. All the proceeds from this calendar go back into shop upkeep and operations. Link to our online Corner Store is up in the bio. (For those of you lucky enough to snag one or several during the presale, packages are hitting your mailboxes this week!)

[image id: slides 1 and 2, a sneak preview of a series of beautifully printed calendar pages. slide 3, a paper bag that reads “warning” in orange type with the front cover of the calendar peeking out.]

#PickwickCalendar #Prints #Letterpress #Screenprint #Relief #2022 #PickwickIndependentPress

Our incredible member Kristina Buckley / @twofern runs our Printer’s Devil program! This is a supporting membership at t...
11/22/2021

Our incredible member Kristina Buckley / @twofern runs our Printer’s Devil program! This is a supporting membership at two tiers - Printer’s Lil Devil ($5/month) or Printer’s Devil Deluxe ($30/month) where you get monthly missives and fun things from Pickwick members IN THE MAIL!

Kristina writes: “A little peek 👀 at a few things I’ve designed and printed recently for @pickwickindependentpress ‘s print subscription service. You can sign up for the Printer’s Devil on their website to receive printed goodies & a monthly newsletter with all the hot goss. (& keep the lights on & the presses running while doing it.)”

Thanks for all your hard work, Kristina, and thanks to all our current Printer’s Devils - we’re so grateful to you! 🙌🙏 For those of you who want to sign up, peep that bio link for more details. 😈

[image id: a layout of various risograph printed materials from our Printer’s Devil subscriptions including and orange envelope with devils on it and a newsletter called “Pickwick Preambulations.”]

#SupportYourLocalPrintShop #PickwickIndependentPress #PrintersDevil #MailSubscription #Prints #Risograph

Thank you to everyone who came out to the @coveside_coffee market yesterday! So much fun in the sun! And huge thanks to ...
11/07/2021

Thank you to everyone who came out to the @coveside_coffee market yesterday! So much fun in the sun! And huge thanks to the folks at @coveside for hosting this event!
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Photo ID: Pickwick2Go mobile cart set up with our members prints outside of Coveside Coffee, with Rachel and Pilar bundled up in the background and bright blue sky.

📸 by @almaglow !

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536 Congress St
Portland, ME
04101

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Pickwick Independent Press is a community print shop located in downtown Portland, Maine. We provide membership opportunities, facilities, workshops, and a large, closely knit community of professional artists and print makers.

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Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm

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Devon Kelley-Yurdin, Pandemic Love Story, 2021: four-color risograph print on 80-lb. card stock, 4.25 x 5.5 inches (10.79 x 13.97 cm), edition of 300. Printed at Pickwick Independent Press, Portland, Maine
It’s Giving Tuesday! I feel fortunate that I am able to give back to my community today. I hope you are too- remember, every little bit helps! The United Way makes it easy- you can visit their site and donate to multiple orgs. Or go straight to the source (like I did for Pickwick Independent Press) Here’s who I donated to today… how about you? Pickwick Independent Press Print Club of Rochester 540WMain, Inc. Rochester Mutual Aid Network Flower City Arts Center Honor Flight Rochester Cornell Cooperative Extension-Monroe County #MoonRabbitPress #Letterpress #Linocut #RochesterNY #IndependantArtist #GivingTuesday #SupportTheArts #GiveWhatYouCan #TheresNoExcuseForBoringWalls
We’re pleased to announce Impactful Impressions - a campaign to support centers for print education. BIG INK is partnering with four of our favorite nonprofits on Giving Tuesday. Specifically, a portion of the proceeds from any large-scale woodblock print purchased on November 30th will directly support centers whose focus is on teaching printmaking and book arts. Have you been eyeing a piece of art in our online store? If so, then November 30th is the time to act! The sale can benefit any of the following nonprofits during this one-day event. Simply select which one of our partners will receive a portion of the proceeds from your purchase during checkout. Pickwick Independent Press Pyramid Atlantic Art Center Whiteaker Printmakers Center for Contemporary Printmaking Sale proceeds will split 50/40/10. The artist who carved the woodblock receives 50%, our partner receives 40%, and BIG INK will use the remaining 10% to process orders. These non-profits have hosted BIG INK events over the years. We're showing our gratitude for their important mission by launching the "Impactful Impressions" campaign. Join us in helping to make print education a priority this Giving Tuesday! Featured in this post are works of art priced well under $500. There’s many more pieces to discover in our online store. Visit bigink.org/store or send a message for more info. #impactfulimpressions #centerforcontemporaryprintmaking #pickwickindependentpress #whiteakerprintmakers #pyramidatlanticartcenter #artoninsta #carving #carvingwood #wip #speedballart #woodworking #woodcraft #linoleumprinting #woodart #megaprint #printbigorgohome #callforentries #artistsoninstagram #artwork #printed #art #bigpress #etchingpress #instaart #maker #handmade #artprint #illustration #stampart #stamp
Do you have experience with printmaking? Learn how artist Richard Estes uses this printing process to create hyperrealistic screenprints. Experience "Richard Estes: Cityscapes," on view now. . Thank you to Pickwick Independent Press for your help with this! . Richard Estes (United States, born 1932) “Press Machinery,” 1979, from the series “Urban Landscapes No. 2,” screenprint, 27 1/2 x 19 5/8 inches. Private Collection. Image courtesy of Luc Demers. © Richard Estes
Presente! Maine is an organization that empowers Latinx folx to combat racism and poverty through social services and food assistance. They have been incredibly responsive in assisting communities in Maine - especially during these uncertain times. With each purchase of “Fruition”, 100% of the proceeds go to Presente. “Fruition” is a new mail art exhibition curated by Alana Dao featuring original work by Abi Balingit, SitaBhaumik, Erin Johnson, Sanika Phawde, Jane Wong, and Shellie Zhang. ⁠These six artists from all over this continent took action to ruminate upon any and all of the following: seed to sprout, tenderness, labor, land, movement, fruit as culture, fruit as slang, fruit as an offering to the spirits. ⁠ There is still time to receive a copy of this limited edition, 24-page print exhibition in your mailbox. Email [email protected] to request yours. Each copy is $30 with 100% of proceeds going to Presente! Maine (Presente Maine). Click the link below to learn more. ⁠ ***⁠ ⁠Cover art by Rachel Kolbasa and Al Tomas with book design by Pilar Nadal of Pickwick Independent Press (Pickwick Independent Press).
For those who missed it yesterday, my awesome friend Pilar of Pickwick Independent Press did some live “Printerviews”! Listen to a bunch of quick interviews with printers from all over the country. I was the second person to jump on. So fun! https://www.instagram.com/tv/CImShVXpHYJ/?igshid=sxatlqek6nc8
SPACE is rebooting our dance programming with a new ongoing series dedicated to conversations about dance and performance among Maine artists, practitioners, presenters, and audiences. Each gathering will be guided by a theme that will then inform the gathering’s conversation and movement break. For this first edition, the topic is “care.” This year has been an urgent reminder to consider care throughout all aspects of our lives: our bodily health, mutual community aid, artist advocacy, and cultural respect in a polarized moment. ⁠ Movement Break: Care will begin with an offering of “show & tell,” where selected dance artists - René Johnson, Michelle Mola, Brian Crabtree, and Adanna Jones – will offer reflections and brief work samples related to how they are interpreting, receiving, or exploring care. The group will then take a movement break, a virtual opportunity to move together, led by Kristen Stake. The event will close with a group Q&A. ⁠ ⁠ RSVP via the link below. This event is FREE and open to all. Graphic by Pickwick Independent Press artist, Al Tomas. ⁠ https://space538.org/event/movement-break-care/ ⁠⁠ Movement Break: Care is presented by SPACE and Mechanics' Hall, with Bates Dance Festival, and The Living Room Dance Collective. Movement Break is made possible by the Onion Foundation with additional support from the Warren Memorial Foundation and Maine Charitable Mechanic Association.
And just like that, we’re halfway through SPACE House Shows vol 2! If you’ve yet to experience our weekly Instagram live series, this week is a great time to tune in. We’re pleased to feature multimedia visual art-performance-songwriting-producing polymath Tim Fite for House Show #13: Tim Fite, this Tuesday, September 1st at 8:00 pm EST. Called a “cultural gadfly” by the NYTimes, and “ferally original” by the New Yorker, Fite spends the bulk of his time cranking out genre-bending pieces of art and music that defy easy definitions. Fite’s latest record, 2020’s Roar Shack, was inspired by prints made during his 2016 artist residency at SPACE with Pickwick Independent Press. When asked recently for a self-definition, Fite offered. “It’s all changing right now. If I had to describe what I do, I would say that I am an artist and a human being who wants to cultivate creativity and kindness through everything that I do. Whether it’s drawing a picture or working with young people around New York City or playing a concert online for SPACE Gallery or just making a pot of beans -- I want to do it with kindness.” Audio featured: “Getting Ready” by Time Fite (Roar Shack, 2020). The final visual is the album’s cover.
HOUSE US DON’T POLICE US! The Sleep Out action in front of Portland City Hall is still going strong! There are many ways to show up to support this work in person or from home. Follow Maine People's Housing Coalition for more info! Last week city officials publicly spoke out against the free meal delivery program to houseless community members in Deering Oaks Park run by Preble Street, blaming the availability of free food for increasing numbers of community members congregating in the public spaces. These statements are violent. Attempting to roadblock or criminalize food for hungry people in our community is violence, especially in a city that has refused to center marginalized communities during a pandemic. Have Portland City officials considered that their decision not to enact a moratorium on evictions or to provide longer terms safety nets has led to increased houselessness? Have they not considered that Jon Jenning’s persistent gutting of essential resources would lead us to these circumstances? The road to this moment was paved by gentrification, austerity, and the criminalization of care in this city. SHAME on the city of Portland, on Mayor Kate Snyder, and anyone seeking to criminalize access to food WHILE reopening the city for tourists to dine freely on our public sidewalks. Your classism and racism are showing. Your priorities are skewed. We will not allow you to starve our community while you feast in the comfort of your own homes. At Portland Outright, we cherish the way food connects us to each other and fuels our movements. Our organizing is centered around the abundance we create for each other, including weekly family dinner at Member Meetings and the food at all our in-person activities. We know that having houseless folks gathering in public spaces, rather than pushed beyond the city limits and out of sight, ensures advocates and community programs can reach them. We know that sharing food facilitates other conversations, care, and organizing. We’d be happy to explain this concept and practice at any upcoming City Council meeting. Contact info is in our bio. This print was designed by Portland Outright members in 2018, printed with the support and guidance of Pickwick Independent Press and Rachel Kobasa.
SPACE's 538 Congress St. poster case now features the work of Printers Without Margins (PWOM). PWOM is Pickwick Independent Press’ social justice arm, fostering collaborations with individuals and organizations working for social, racial, economic, & gender justice, to produce printed matter for their work. Printmaking has long been a tool for political speech and protest; PWOM carries on this tradition by partnering with many Maine social and racial justice organizations like the Maine Women’s Lobby, Portland Outright, and Southern Maine Workers’ Center. This work is for sale through Pickwick’s website, where viewers can also get in touch about commissioning projects with Printers Without Margins. https://www.pickwickindependentpress.com/pwom https://space538.org/exhibition/printers-without-margins/