About Corvidae

RavenPress tinyCorvidae Press is an association of artists who share an interest in fine art printmaking and who support and manage a communal non-toxic printmaking facility. Membership is based on an interest in non-toxic printmaking and a commitment to the cooperative structure and spirit of the organization. Membership is by initial approval by the Board, then by payment of the annual dues.

Corvidae Press was founded in 2006 as a nonprofit corporation governed by an elected board of directors, dedicated to the pursuit of the printmaker’s craft, with a focus on education, community, and regional interaction.

Our print shop is located in a wonderful space in Bldg 205 at Fort Worden State Park that we lease from Centrum (thank you Centrum!). The print room holds the three etching presses, inking stations, shared brayers & palette knives, other tools, storage boxes for individual guild members, and miscellaneous supplies.  Our largest press is the 30″ American French Tool, in the middle is a 23″ Whelan Press, and our small press is a 18″ Ettan. There is also a “clean” room with a large photographic style sink, flat files, paper prep tables, etc. and a small developing room with two vacuum exposure units. Our Facilities page provides more details, and photos can be found in the Gallery.

Guild members have 24 hour access to the facility, so print-making is available except during scheduled workshops or occasional special events. Printmakers supply their own inks and paper, but many tools and supplies are included with the membership fees. Every member is issued a bin for storing their supplies and a share in a flat file drawer for paper storage.

Members meet at the print shop to print, and also to socialize, share new work, printmaking ideas & techniques. Board members serve two year terms to handle day-to-day Guild administration.

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