Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Coordinating a Printmaker's Exchange

Addicted Collectors

Printmakers have traditionally exchanged prints since the dawn of printmaking. The fact that fine prints are produced in multiples leads to the side-effect that we enjoy sharing those extras with each other. 

As you may know, I am one of the fearless leaders of the printmaking group barenforum.org. We conduct quarterly exchanges and we are now on our happy 73rd exchange! I proudly own thousands of prints from all over the world.

Some of the prints from Exchange #72, Theme "Wings"

Bea Gold

Julio Rodriguez

Lindsay Schwartz

Martha Knox

Exchange Coordinator in Pictures

Coordinating requires some organization and much patience, here are the tasks:

-Communicate with 30 printmakers and crack the whip as the deadline nears
-Keep track of drop outs and problems
-Gather 30 sets of prints that come in the mail along with envelopes and return postage
-Collate sets of prints
-Print an information sheet with info for each print as sent by the artists and insert in each packet
-Mail the sets back to each artist
Sorted piles and cases ready

My two printers jammin...er
I mean, printing in sync

A finished set with information sheet in back,
Right hand is the spreadsheet that keeps me sane

Red line means DONE!

A little trip to the Post Office, always fun...

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