The print shop and the big press (a 30″ American French Tool) have been at Fort Worden for many years (yes, a better history of the print shop would be nice to have!). Many artists used the print shop through the Centrum Artist Residency program, and other local printmakers gained access through occasional workshops and by renting the facility for a few days at a time. In 2003 Centrum encourage some of these printmakers to organize and make more use of this great studio, since the presses were getting so little use.
In November 2006 Corvidae Press was founded, and contracted with Centrum to lease the print shop. Activities and equipment were consolidated, and new darkroom created in one of the two rooms. The significant equipment included the large American French Tool press, the smaller Ettan press, a locally built vacuum exposure unit, a large photographic sink, and the wonderful space with work tables & shelves.
Since then the Guild has acquired a third (Whelan) press and a commercial vacuum exposure unit, along with flat files and a print drying rack. With 24 hour access to the studio, printmakers enjoy good use of the facility; they come and go at any time.
We have sponsored a regional juried printmakers’ exhibit at Northwind Arts Center, The Printmaker’s Hand, and coordinated several exhibits of prints by Guild members at local venues, including the Undertown Coffee Bar, the Salal Cafe, and in our own printshop during APT Studio Tours.