WOW! We’ve passed our goal of $3,000!!! This is incredibly exciting, but even more exciting is that we have found a printing press that will be great for block printing and teaching! Today I went on a fieldtrip to Graphic Chemical and Ink, the historical printmaking superstore west of Chicago, and got to know the owners a bit. I told them about MITCH Collective and they were very helpful answering questions about environmentally preferable options. I bought a basic set of ink, economical brayers, and woodcut sharpening tools. Once the press makes it way to Ohio, we’ll be pretty much set to get our hands dirty (with water soluble ink).
Other exciting news…a photo enlarger has been donated to MITCH Collective by Stan Strembecki so we’ll be able to have a darkroom! The additional funds from Kickstarter will go toward putting together the setup for a darkroom, including lights, drying racks, chemicals, etc. On top of THAT, we’ve gotten word of a potential ceramic kiln donation, which would be awesome. The vision for MITCH Collective from the beginning has been something that grows organically. We’ve wanted it to be multi-disciplinary and inviting to anyone interested in getting involved. Kickstarter has been an amazing way to get the word out and we are super grateful for everyone’s support. We still have two weeks to raise more money! All funds raised will be put toward art supplies and making the studio spaces in the house places where people want to noodle on new ideas and make art.
Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who has donated! You’re all superstars.