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What’s a “Gallinero?”

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Anglo-Spanish Printmaker Launches Learning Videos

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Granada-based master printmaker, Maureen Booth of Pomegranate Editions, announces her new Printmaking Master Classes series of printmaking learning videos, now available for download.

Maureen Booth in her studio for the Printmaking Master Classes videos shoot. Maureen Booth in her studio for the Printmaking Master Classes videos shoot. Read the rest of this entry »

Small World, Milanese Connection, First Writer

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Our old friend, Barbara Mason (from the Atelier Meridian in Portland, Oregon), was kind enough last summer to recommend my etching workshop to a friend called Mary Marjerrison. Mary showed up a couple of weeks ago with her friend, the author, Nancy Tomasetti, the Gallinero’s first writer. Did they come from Oregon? No, they came from Milan, Italy, where they both live. It’s a small world. Hence the silly title of this post.

Mary Marjerrison in Maureen Booth's studiooMary, who works in administration at an international school in Milan was able to rob a week for printmaking thanks to the very civilized Italian tradition of the “Settimana bianca,” a week off school in March. Perhaps it’s because she was previously an art teacher, or because of her high energy level (How many grandmothers do you know who run marathons?), but Mary got straight down to work, preparing her solar-print acetates in the Gallinero in the evenings and showing up in the studio each morning prepared to burn the images onto plates. Read the rest of this entry »

A Sweet Idea (with a tip of the hat to

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The World Printmakers Group of Printmaking Websites on a Prezi presentation.

This new World Printmakers’ flyer is the cover shot of a mini-presentation done in a program we’ve just discovered ( We suggest you print up WP_Group_6 and post it on your bulletin board.

We got the idea here from The good news is that you can use it, too.

Don’t wait. Start now!

Written by Michael Booth

February 7, 2010 at 5:35 pm

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Andy MacDougall’s Secret New Venues for Selling Prints

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What Do You Love? Rock ‘n Roll, Cars, Football, Flowers, Computers?
Why Not Market Your Images at Their Respective Trade Fairs?

A couple of weeks ago our friend, Andy MacDougall, the master screen printer based in Royston, BC off the west coast of Canada, (You may know him as the Mayor of ) wrote this comment on one of the discussion threads on the Cut the Gallery Out of the Picture website.  I found his remarks fascinating, as they seemed to point the way to new venues for printmakers to market their art.  Andy says: Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Michael Booth

December 29, 2009 at 9:54 am

World Printmakers Launches “Print Universe,” a New Social Network and Resource Site for Print People Everywhere

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“Where printmakers worldwide can get their heads together…”


Print Universe, the new social network for fine-art print people, has joined the family of World Printmakers sites and resources for the fine-art-print community. Print Universe, online in beta version since the first of August, offers fine-art-print people display areas for images and videos, forums for opinions and discussion, a very complete tool for announcing events, another for inviting new members, and a blog for every member, among other features.

Since the new network has had an enthusiastic reception among the beta users, who are maintaining high levels of participation, we have decided to present Print Universe in society.

We would like to invite all members and readers of Print Workshop Central to have a look at this new network, to become members  (just click on “Join Up” at the upper right of the main page), and to invite their printmaker and print lover friends to join, too.  We think you’ll find it interesting, rewarding and fun. It’s also free.

Written by Michael Booth

September 5, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Impetuous Young Printmaker Wonders Where to Go with Paris?

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This is a Plea for a Press

Mark Andrew Webber is the industrious young British printmaker who recently created a short animated video made up of nearly 300 linocuts. He has also linocut his way through maps of four of his favorite cities.  His last one, Paris, is so ambitious (image size: 150×180 cm.) that he can’t find a press big enough to print it on. This note is a plea to the Print Workshop Central experts for information leading to a press large enough to do the job. I’d like to help this young man if we can. He’s creative  and hard working enough to deserve it, I think.

You can see more photographs of the almost-finished Paris linocut on this Flickr display:

Or Webber’s interview on World Printmakers:

Or his own website:

Why didn’t Webber think beforehand about the press required to print his giant linocut? Didn’t you ever build a boat too big to get out of the garage?

Written by Michael Booth

August 4, 2009 at 8:04 am

Dalí at Sea – Our Old Friend Salvador is Back, with Friends

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“The surreal case of Dali’s art and the squandered legacy” from today’s Independent.

What ever happened to “caveat emptor?”

Written by Michael Booth

July 18, 2009 at 7:56 pm

“Who will say that Hockney’s (digital) prints are not ‘original’ prints?” Not us, certainly.

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Print Workshop Central received another interesting comment from Julia Matcham recently and I think it’s important enough to bring out to the first page and address it. Here’s Julia’s comment:

“I just thought I would draw people’s attention to the fact that David Hockney has just had an exhibition in London of inkjet prints entirely drawn into the computer using a graphics pad (as I do these days). As he says in the introduction to his catalogue (Annely Juda Gallery) ‘the computer is just a tool’. It is as good as you are.

“Autumn Leaves” by David Hockney

Who will say that Hockney’s prints are not ‘original prints’? I think the hand-print brigade are on a sticky wicket here! Not that I don’t appreciate that there are differences; just that definitions other than ‘ this print does not exist in any other form’ are out-of-date.”

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Written by Michael Booth

July 17, 2009 at 10:26 am

Art Reproducers Bite Back

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British printmaker, Julia Matcham,  sent us this link the other day and it gave me a shiver. Though it’s old news–it dates from 1984–it could very well be a portent of things to come. The article in question, written by London arts lawyer and activist, Henry Lydiate, tells the story of what happened in Windsor, Ontario, when an art-reproductions tempest in a municipal-museum teapot got out of hand.

Here’s the link to the story:

Written by Michael Booth

June 18, 2009 at 8:09 am