• A Year with Material Print Machine

    One year ago, Timeless, Infinite Light co-founded Material Print Machine with Kate Robinson, Lara Darklight, Ava Rosen, Nora McKinnon, and Ian Dolton-Thornton. Some of presses that share the studio with us include Publication Studio, Mess Editions, Manifest Press, and four eyes press. Collectively we have moved over 5,000 pounds of letterpress and bindery equipment down one flight of stairs into the basement of Omni Commons! Basically, you could say we dropped anchor. We're here to stay.

    Here's what we're trying to do:

    "Material Print Machine is an artist-run community print studio and bindery at the Omni Commons in Oakland. We are a collective of people dedicated to the art of print and publishing who have come together to share skills, knowledge, and resources. Material Print Machine supports small presses and individual artists by hosting free trainings, workshops, and events, and by providing reasonably priced monthly memberships and weekly public Open Hours. Our goal is to create an accessible space that fosters radical creative engagement and collaboration between a variety of literary micro-communities."

     

    Over the last year, we have held Open Hours every Sunday and have brought in many amazing new collective members. We have hosted free workshops in letterpress printing and binding, collage and zine-making, collaborative writing, image-transfer, and risograph printing. Aaron Cohick of NewLights Press gave a talk on experimental approaches to letterpress and small press publishing, and Ian Dolton-Thornton of Publication Studio led a discussion on art-making that employs the word-as-image. We were awarded Southern Exposure's 2015 Alternative Exposure Grant, and recently received fiscal sponsorship through Intersection for the Arts in San Francisco. All this makes us feel fuzzy and slightly exhausted.

    If you want to get involved, you can find us in the basement of Omni Commons (4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland) during our Open Hours on Sundays 7-9pm.

    In order to keep Material Print Machine going we rely support from people who care about book art and small press culture. You can donate to the project here!

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