The printmaking world includes many kind and generous artists, and Martin Schneider is one of them. After the 22-year-old art student in Cologne, Germany designed a 3-D printed printing press for a class at his university, he decided to share his design files for free and allow printmakers around the globe to download and print a press of their own as part of his fantastic Open Press Project.
As soon as I heard about Schneider’s project, I became obsessed with trying to find a way to print one of my own and I knew I wanted to invite Schneider on the podcast to talk about his printmaking and press design that he says was inspired by Kölner Graphikwerkstatt, the workshop that led him to become a printmaker. And I’m very happy to report that I was able to collaborate with an awesome colleague at the Maker Lab at the college where I teach and now have a tiny press to use when I talk about the history of printing in my journalism class.
Tune in to this episode of the podcast to hear Schneider tell the story behind his 3-D printed press design that is inspiring printmakers around globe to quickly befriend tech-savvy folks with 3-D printers. I, too, jumped on the Open Press Project bandwagon fairly early and I’m still delighted by my little white press that I use to demo printmaking. My first student was my 4-year-old nephew who was able to pull his own prints with a little guidance from his crafty aunt. So, I know for sure that this press is suitable for use by printmakers of all ages.
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