It just got a whole lot easier to be a printmaker in West Michigan thanks to three Grand Rapids artists.
Anthony Mead, 27, Kyle Isbell, 26, and Steven Rainey, 30, have realized their long-term goal to transform the Dinderbeck collective space into a community printshop at 323 Straight St. SW in Grand Rapids – a project that has been four years in the making.
While public print studios have existed in bigger cities, West Michigan didn’t offer many viable options to those looking to print on a budget. So, Mead, Isbell and Rainey decided to do something about that.
Dinderbeck was originally founded in 2010 by a group of Kendall College of Art & Design students who wanted to share presses and studio space. The founding group swelled from a handful of members to a collective of more than a dozen. Mead and Isbell were part of the founding group and Rainey joined a short time later.
“We just needed a space that we could all work out of,” Mead said, explaining the practical goal that started it all. “We were hoping that maybe one day, if we pooled our resources together, we’d be able to get a press and we’d all be able to share it.”
They worked as a team to rescue old presses as their plan to acquire equipment started to take shape. From day one, there was talk of creating a public printshop.
“We really wanted to engage with the community,” Mead said.
Read the rest of my column about Dinderbeck on MLive.com or in the Home section of today’s edition of The Grand Rapids Press. Listen to episode 147 of the podcast to find out how this trio of artists realized their goal to open a public printshop and check out the Dinderbeck site to find out more about classes, workshops and other creative opportunities.
P.S. You can read about my previous collaboration with Rainey here. It was a very authentic-looking gunslinger apron.
Enter to Win: I got my hands on a few copies of the premiere issue of DIY Holiday, a new Interweave publication. And I have to say it’s almost as good as CraftSanity Magazine. I’m kidding! It’s doesn’t even compare. Okay, I better stop with the jokes before I alienate you all. I’ve been trapped inside my house working all weekend and I’m feeling a bit punchy. Please forgive me. Ahem.
Like CraftSanity, this magazine is a multi-craft publication offering a wide selection of projects including jewelry making, knitting, crocheting, sewing, embroidery and even mixed-media resin bangles. The lovely magazine contains more than 25 holiday projects, so you get a lot for the $9.99 cover price. Post a comment below by midnight Nov. 23 and you’ll be entered to win a copy to inspire your handmade holiday efforts. (Those of you who have signed up to sponsor the podcast through Patreon are automatically entered in a separate drawing for show sponsors.)
Gratitude: A special thanks to my Patreon sponsors and my ACS Home and Work, for sponsoring this podcast. I discovered ACS when I was looking for a local source for flour sack tea towels for printmaking and embroidery purposes. I’m very happy to be supporting a West Michigan-based company with my business and now ACS is stepping in to sponsor the CraftSanity Podcast through the end of the year. (Thank you!!)
Local West Michigan listeners can shop ACS products at the Red Door, 6837 Lake Michigan Dr, in Allendale Charter Township. It’s the ACS outlet and also a pickup location for locals who want to order flour sack tea towels and other goods and skip the shipping costs. Visit Red door for a variety of tea towels and other home goods.
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