We offer a wide range of services to bespeak your imagination.
Banshee Press offers both custom illustration and design work to help our clients achieve their printed desires. Our designed works range from pieces for weddings, events, and business needs to creative artistic endeavors. We also work alongside clients who wish to provide us with an already designed piece of ephemera for printing. Our aesthetic is unique and timeless, and is perfect for personal and casual, or professional and formal use.
Letterpress is a centuries-old relief method of printing text and images on to paper. A raised, or relief, surface is inked with rollers, and pressed on to a piece of paper to produce a printed design that you can see and feel. This surface can be lead type, polymer plates, linoleum, woodcut blocks or even rubber stamps. The highly tactile impression left in the surface of the paper is characteristic and unique to letterpress printing. Each piece of paper is fed in to the press by hand, one at a time, one color at a time. Banshee Press prints on a Chandler & Price 10×15 New Style letterpress made in 1917, and a Vandercook Universal I cylinder press.
Silkscreen is an ancient Chinese method of printing, the modern version of which utilizes a woven mesh screen that supports an ink-blocking stencil or emulsion. This emulsion is photosensitive and allows the artist to burn and wash out images into its surface thereby revealing areas where the mesh screen is exposed. A squeege is moved across the screen stencil, forcing ink past the threads of the woven mesh into the open areas and onto the printing surface. At Banshee Press we do not print onto t-shirts, only paper and we use biodegradable water-soluble inks. Silkscreen allows a more diverse application of methods and sizes to be used in the printing process than letterpress and provides additional room for creativity.
Intaglio (pronounced in-tal-ee-oh) is a general category of printing techniques characterized by the incision of lines or images directly from the artist’s hand into the surface of a printing plate, which is usually metal. Also centuries old, this process can reach amazingly rich levels of detail and texture. The whole plate is inked and then wiped by hand to remove the ink from the plate’s surface, leaving ink only in the incised areas. The paper is dampened so that, under pressure, it will be squeezed into the inked recesses of the plate. Intaglio utilizes a special press and oil-based inks that if treated well can last long into the future. (There hundreds-of-years old intaglio prints in museums and collections around the world.)
LIMITED EDITION PRINTS
An original limited-edition fine art print is a work of art conceived and developed by the artist solely for the purpose of making one edition of a strictly limited number of prints. Limited-edition fine art prints are not to be confused with reproductions of existing works that are reproduced photo-mechanically.
Most posters and museum reproductions fall into the category of commercially mass-produced prints. They are not hand-wrought, limited edition prints. In particular giclee reproductions of prints, derived from photographs of an original print, which are most unlikely to have any investment value, are often issued in limited-editions implying that they will have such value. These need to be distinguished from the original artist’s limited-edition print, carefully produced directly from an artist-created surface and then printed under the artist’s supervision.
A limited-edition is normally hand signed and numbered by the artist in the form: 1/50, 2/50, 3/50 etc. The first number is the number of the print itself. The second number is the number of overall prints the artist will print of that image, after which the printing plate will be destroyed so that no more prints may be made. The lower the second number is, the more valuable and collectible the limited-editions are likely to be. A small number of “artists’ proofs” and “printer’s proofs” may also be produced as well, signed and with “AP”, “PP” etc.
All three techniques used at Banshee Press; letterpress, silkscreen and intaglio, utilize limited edition print runs. At Banshee Press, all of our art is produced by hand, using only the highest quality inks and archival papers.
Our right hand shop madam Ava is a certified graduate in bookmaking. Should you want a bound book of your hand printed work, some fancy ribbon detail, a stitched seam, a beautiful presentation folder for your art, or more, we can work with you to arrange a very personal finishing touch.
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