|The Green Door Print Exchange|
A Print exchange is a bunch of printmakers who get together, usually called upon by an industrious
printmaking studio, to send in from 10 - 15 prints, the print is usually small, and the edition is closed,
that is, you don't print this for anything else, as in other print exchanges etc. When I say 10 - 15 prints, then yes, they are identical.
You send your prints in, and pay your fee, which usually barely covers the postage for the prints you will be sent, an exchange is rarely other than a labour of love, for the studio organising it and for the artists participating.
Where was I;;;;; oh yes, you send your print in, and after the deadline is met, you receive in the mail, a little parcel with up to 15 prints in return, these prints are all by other participants, and you receive only 1 print of each, sometimes you are lucky and get wonderful stuff, sometimes less lucky, even at times, you wonder why the artist bothered...hmmmmm, gonna get flak for that ;o) but most of the time, it is a mix of all sorts, and that makes it great fun, I have almost a whole wall covered now in little print exchange prints, and love it! It is also a great way, for beginners, and weekend printmakers, if you have access to an etching press, to take your printmaking a bit further and have a reason for doing a little print, because you get a whole bunch in return, ahhhhh, it is such fun opening that package, I tell you!
So find your nearest printmaking workshop, get going and find some print exchanges, and that is easy, put in print exchange printmaking in your google and up they come, loads of them! A SUPER site is this: http://printexchanges.blogspot.com/ they have loads of info on print exchanges, and very soon, Cascada Studios will appear there, at least I hope so, have not even asked them yet :o))) but such is the printmaker world, that we are all very nice to each other!