Bandersnatch
Press

Annica Mandeltort driving the steamroller

Under Pressure – Really Big Prints!

We recently had the opportunity to head down to Manitowoc by the invitation of Berel Lutsky, Professor of Art at UW-Manitowoc, to print a 40×60 inch wood relief block under the pressure of a steamroller. About 45 artists participated in this event, and the resulting work will be exhibited at the Rahr-West Art Museum and Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. We started coming up with ideas months ago and began the carving earlier this summer. Our friend Katie Ries, art professor at St. Norbert College, collaborated with us on a large-scale print depicting a trio of invented Saints of the Fox River.

The group working on carving the relief block.

The group working on carving the relief block.

Katie is a master roller.

Katie is a master roller.

Jojo attempts to talk and roll at the same time.

Jojo attempts to talk and roll at the same time.

Katie intensely makes sure Don doesn't miss a spot with his rolling of the ink.

Katie intensely makes sure Don doesn’t miss a spot with his rolling of the ink.

The members of our crew. From left to right: Dayna, Don, Johanna and Katie.

The members of our crew. From left to right: Dayna, Don, Johanna and Katie.

Annica Mandeltort driving the steamroller

Annica steamrolled many of our prints.

Katie uses the body burnishing technique to make sure a spot is not missed.

Katie uses the body burnishing technique to make sure no spot goes unprinted.

Katie and Dayna start to pull back the freshly pressed print.

Katie and Dayna start to pull back the freshly pressed print.

Katie and Dayna pull the print in such an elegant fashion.

Katie and Dayna pull the print in such an elegant fashion.

The final print. "The Saints of the Fox River".

The final print. “The Saints of the Fox River”.

6 Reader Comments

  1. ten says:

    This is so cool! What an awesome opportunity.

    1. sirbandersnatch says:

      Thanks Ten!

    1. sirbandersnatch says:

      Thanks Kendi. This was a really fun project.

  2. Aaron C says:

    Wow, this is so cool. Btw, thanks for the add on Instagram.

  3. Matt Maldre says:

    I’m glad everyone got out of the way of the steamroller! Oh, I just watched the Youtube video again. Everyone was holding the block down, so it wouldn’t flip up into the air. SMART!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *