I GOT MY NEW PRESS.
When I saw our delightful mail carrier backing his truck up in our driveway on that dreary, rainy Tuesday, I knew that the moment had arrived. The box was so big and unwieldy that it took both of us to get it into my kitchen. I had to take a photo the moment I opened the box, just for posterity:
There she is - the S.C.O.P.E. Revolutionary Pack. Isn't she a beaut? :D The package arrived on December 3, but I was so busy that week I wasn't able to experiment until a couple of days later!
In case you're wondering, the S.C.O.P.E. anagram stands for "Self Contained Outdoor Printing Equipment". It is, quite literally, a backpack printing press - you can see its creator, Jesse McAfee, wearing the press himself! Yes, this press is HANDMADE in Kansas City. I love that. :D
I haven't carried it like that yet, but it also has a regular handle on the top so you can carry it like a briefcase. It only weighs 30 pounds!!
And it prints like a DREAM. I have indeed taken it out to two separate gallery walks now (more on those in a later post!), and people are fascinated by it. At one of the gallery walks, a student who's a printmaking major was so intrigued that he said he was going to contact the company himself.
Oh! And I should probably tell you that the company is Craft and Concept, who are based out of The Print Factory in Kansas City (both Kansas AND Missouri). I can't tell you how seriously cool it is to talk to the guy (Jesse) who is building your press for you. When does that ever happen anymore?!?!
You saw in my previous post that it's got front and center status in my newly redesigned studio, and you also saw the tiny linocut of Yours Truly (which is now the icon of my Facebook page for What a Relief) that I printed on it. I'm in the middle of another project that incorporates vintage letterpress images, all printed on the press. I can't tell you how thrilled I am with it!! Thank you, Jesse - you've made a fantastic product and I hope more people check it out! :D