The Tired Press is a printshop on a bicycle, basically.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Tired Press?
The Tired Press is a mobile printmaking studio that focuses on the creation and production of site-specific postcards. It is a bicycle outfitted with a small scale relief press, pannier cabinets for supplies, a gallery for exhibition of prints made on the press, as well as a volunteer post office service. Anyone who meets the bicycle can print, purchase, write, and/or send a postcard!
What kind of printmaking do you practice?
Our press is a small scale version of a Showcard Magnetic Sign Press. We’ll carve wood and linoleum blocks for imagery, and use letterpress to add words and phrases.
Will the bicycle make prints as it moves?
Nope, the Tired Press needs to be parked to make prints.
Where can i find the Tired Press?
Debuting in May 2012, The Tired Press will be out and about downtown Portland, Maine throughout the summer. You’ll most likely stumble upon us, but you can follow us on facebook or check the website for official details
No offense, but can I make my own prints on the bicycle?
Yes! You can join The Tired Press Community Print Shop! For a small monthly membership fee, you can bring your own blocks and paper and use the facilities. Contact us for more details.
Will you come to my house/job/school for an event?
Yes, we will! We’d love to be a part of your event. Contact us for more details.
What kind of materials do you work with? Can they be non-toxic?
As far as inks, we’ll mainly be working with rubber-based inks, and using an orderless solvent. Aprons and gloves will be provided for those who want to take part in the printing process. But, fear not, we can also provide non-toxic, water-based options.
Can i follow you on Facebook?
Yes: https://www.facebook.com/TiredPress -but don’t forget to come and say hi in person!
Who’s behind this crazy idea?
Having recently relocated to Portland, Pilar Nadal has been enchanted by the overwhelming support in and around the local art community. With a background in art, printmaking and education, Pilar hopes to combine her interests with this project. She is currently a MFA candidate at the Maine College of Art.