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There are individuals who have put together their own shops, building what they need, like La Ceiba Gráfica near Coatepec, Mexico (https://www.laceibagrafica.org/), where they manufacture their own equipment and materials, including an etching press built out of wood. They work with local community tradespeople, offer residencies, and specialize in “teaching, production, and research into printmaking and other visual arts.” Another is Justseeds. This group has been organizing art builds and pop-up printshops across the nation, then openly sharing their methods and plans online and through social media (https://justseeds.org/about/). Peace Paper Project (http://www.peacepaperproject.org/index.html) offers a mobile papermaking lab that fits into a suitcase and travels around the world, promoting peace and socially engaged artmaking. And, The Center for Collaborative Research (formerly Anchor Graphics) and its mobile “Press on Wheels” that travels the region and offers printmaking and papermaking pop-up events focused on social justice.
We will discuss, show slides, hand out information to attendees about how to create mobile print and papermaking units and conduct work sessions to assist in any way possible from planning, assisting, building, moving and being the extra hands and eyes it sometimes takes to make things happen.