This is The Print Cast.
The best f*#king podcast about printmaking ever made.
Print Never Died.
The Print Cast is a show about a dying art form that’s anything but dead.
Host Nick Naughton talks with artists, designers, and printers about the work they do and how it intersects with the trade and the craft of printmaking.
Naughton is formerly a professor, a non-profit shop manager, and printshop owner. He currently prints letterpress full-time.
Drops Every Two Weeks.
The show drops a new episode every two weeks featuring artists and designers who bring their A-game to the prints they make.
Hugh Merrill’s art is a conversation with his art form, printmaking. His work is about process and change; a call and response activity where variation is the intention, not the by-product. He creates sequential narratives in his studio practice, resulting in work that is diverse, expansive, evolving and conversational with itself, the artist and the print medium. “Variation is a means to come closer to articulating the essence of truth,” he says, and you can witness this in Merrill’s print work.
Bonus Episode 1:
Hugh Merrill Does Shakespeare
In this Print Cast extra, we want to share a priceless bit of audio that didn’t make it into the full length episode with our guest Hugh Merrill. Most people talk about what they ate for breakfast, but Hugh warms up the mic by reciting poetry, and his voice is like gold. We had some fun dressing up the audio and hope everyone enjoys it.
Also included is some general information about how to support the podcast by sharing about it on social media, reviewing and rating us on your favorite podcast platform, and donating via Patreon (http://patreon.com/theprintcast/) where these extras will be available to all donor levels.
Sometimes it takes an artist to show us the hidden meaning in everyday things, and my guest today has spent her creative career exploring just that. May Tveit is an artist who blurs the boundaries between architecture, design and fine art. Her thought provoking installations reflects on what we consume, how we consume it, and the manufactured landscape.
In episode 3 I interview painter Sandow Birk and ceramicist Elyse Pignolet; two artists who collaborate in marriage and in art. We talk about their numerous large scale printmaking projects over the years. Working with Master Printer workshops they execute intaglio, relief and lithographic editions delving into political topics ranging from war, democracy, to the constitution. By appropriating formats, compositions, and production methods from historical artists and printmakers, they manage to create art that is poignant and contemporary while also being timeless. It’s a great interview and gives a lot of perspective on the Master Printer and artist relationship from the artist’s point of view.
Public Print and Supply Co
With Andrew Myers and Joey Gross
Starting a letterpress shop isn’t easy, and it takes time. In this episode I talk with Andrew Myers and Joey Gross of Public Print and Supply Co in Kansas City. They’re a new printshop in town, but not new to the print game. With three months under their belts, we discuss the difficulty of self branding and previous businesses and shops where they both have worked. I inquire about the types of business they want to cater to, but also what they see for the future. Public Print and Supply Co is located in the West Bottoms district in Kansas City, Missouri.
Margot Myers of Runaway Press
Volunteer Board Member for SGCI
In March of 2019 over a thousand printmakers gathered in Texas to participate in this year’s Southern Graphics Conference International, or SGCI. It’s a massive 3-day event full of exhibitions, demonstrations, panels and discussions all about printmaking. Artists from all around the country converge to participate, learn, sell and show their work, and celebrate their favorite art form. This year the conference was in Dallas, Texas, and it travels to a different city and region each year. SGCI is a non-profit organization, and my guest today is a member of the board and we discuss the inner workings of this growing organization and her perspective on the ground as she participated both as a volunteer and as a contributing artist. Learn what it’s like to split time between sharing your work and helping facilitate an event that allows others to do the same. It’s an effort of love, and a lot takes place behind the scenes to make this event happen. It is, after all, the largest print conference in the US. Margot Myers, welcome to The Print Cast.