The one-on-one custom printing program at Open Studio offers an incredible learning opportunity for artists at all levels of their careers, including those with established print backgrounds. Since 2014, I have been working closely with lithographer Pudy Tong, whose impressive knowledge of digital and analogue print media is extensive. Pudy is meticulous in his attention to detail and embraces even the most challenging project, always exceeding my expectations of what is possible. As artists we have much to learn from one another, and working collaboratively has been a creatively rewarding experience, enabling me to expand my skill set while broadening the ways in which I envision and make work. – Jenn Law, one-on-one custom printing customer
I consider my role as a custom printer as similar to that of a translator, someone who facilitates converting the artist’s vision from one medium to another. My approach when working with artists is to present the strengths of lithography and strategize with them about the most fruitful way to achieve the print the artist has in mind. Working with Jenn has been a particular delight; she’s always pushing boundaries in her choice of imagery, from expressive hand-written script to high-resolution photographic still lifes. While these images sometimes challenge the preconceived notions of what the lithographic process can produce, we experiment, problem-solve and adapt our way to creating a work of art that we’re both proud of. – Pudy Tong, instructor for one-on-one custom printing
Open Studio works with artists and galleries to realize custom printing projects on a case-by-case basis. In consultation with our Technical Director, we can help determine the best means to carry out your project. Our main focus is working with traditional print practices such as etching, relief, screenprinting, lithography and letterpress. If your project does not strictly fall into one of the above categories, but is still rooted in print media, don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Scheduling Custom Printing:
- Custom printing sessions are organized on an as-needed basis.
- Custom printing sessions are dependent on studio/printer availability.
- Custom printing sessions are scheduled at a cost of $60/hour.
- The cost of materials is extra and the printer can offer recommendations.
- A 50% deposit is required to begin the scheduled session.
Interested in working with us?
Open Studio charges an hourly rate ($60/hr), plus the cost of materials to print custom projects . We offer project estimates and make every attempt to be accurate, but as studio work begins with our printers, the final costs may fluctuate up or down. Our estimates are based on variables such as required number of impressions, medium used, colour changes and physical print size.
Turn-around time for custom printing varies depending on what projects we currently have in the studio, printer availability and project demands. Scheduling is arranged on a case-by-case basis.
If you have any inquiries or would like to start the process of getting a custom printing project estimate, please email the Technical Director or call 416-504-8238 for more information.
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