|Intern Leigh Garcia testing Gamblin inks at P.R.I.N.T Press|
Leigh Garcia (Intern and Printmaking BFA candidate) shares her thoughts about her internship at the press:
"On my first day at P.R.I.N.T. Press, I was introduced to the Gamblin ink project. Over the course of the semester, Gamblin, an ink company based in Portland, Oregon, shipped small batches of their new ink formulas. My job was to carve linoleum relief blocks and print them using the new inks and transparent bases. While printing, I would fill out a short form about the inks’ tactile and aesthetic qualities such as texture, tackiness, and opacity. I would also include general comments on my opinions of the ink. These were later emailed to Gamblin along with a scanned image of my print. I did this for about eight inks. This project not only added a research-based project to my resume, but also trained me to pay closer attention to certain ink qualities I had never considered before.
|Leigh Garcia and Laura Drapac rearranging the shop|
(L - R) Lari Gibbons, Leigh Garcia, Kiki Smith, Jaime Durham and Melody Vaughan
"I have learned so much from my experience at P.R.I.N.T Press. From dissecting dried ink cans to prepping artwork for road trips, I now understand how much attention to detail and hard work goes into running a successful printmaking shop. I look forward to applying many of these skills to my future career and hope to intern at other professional print studios based on the positive experience I had at P.R.I.N.T Press." –– Leigh Garcia, May 2014