Exhibit: Make.Shift accepting screen printing submissions

Make.Shift is putting out the call to screen printers, accepting submissions for an exhibit in early July that will show off local styles.

Cat Sieh, the Make.Shift founder, and Gallery Director Jess Flegel, see this as a chance to involve an artistic medium that has a strong presence in the community. While screen printing is inherently linked to art and music, Sieh and Flegel are interested in seeing the unconventional steps each artist has taken.

[singlepic id=97 w=320 h=240 float=right]“This show has been on our calendar for a while now,” Flegel explained. “There are a lot of people in town who screen print, many of whom do so commercially, so we thought the show could give them a break from their work to focus on making something different.”

Submissions will be accepted until June 23 and the show will take place on Friday, July 6 as part of the Downtown Art Walk.

Sieh believes that the show will be unique because it steers away from featuring only professional artists. Make.Shift is reaching out to students and anyone else who may be interested. “We’re actually really impressed with the amount of inspiration and talent that comes from Western,” added Sieh. “There’s always a flow of new artists coming through the school.”

They both emphasize the importance of being able to show a variety of skill levels and artistic approaches. “A lot of these home printers are probably excited to show off the sort of techniques they know but hardly get to use,” added Sieh. “It’s healthy for competition to see how motivated some artists are and how hard they work to make their pieces.”

The amount of possible submissions for each artist is capped at three pieces. “That doesn’t necessarily mean only three separate images,” added Sieh. “If you have a piece that requires two or three different components, we will consider that as one piece.”

[singlepic id=98 w=320 h=240 float=right]Also, artists are encouraged to have their work for sale, if interested. “The nature of screen printing, making many copies of the same image, can sometimes numb creativity,” said Flegel. “We just want to offer an opportunity to break the routine a little and to give artists a chance to make unique pieces just for the show, if they’re interested in that. We’re really looking for pieces that push the boundaries of the medium.”

Anyone who is interested in submitting is encouraged to do so, including artists who are completely new to screen printing. “The show will hopefully inspire others to create art, even if an artist doesn’t have experience with screen printing,” added Flegel. “We’re actually hoping for someone who tried it for the first time to see what they come up with.”

Work should be ready to hang with a wire and labeled with the following: your name, title of piece, price, your phone number. They ask that you please not use sawtooth hangers and, if your piece requires special hanging, please clear it with the gallery before delivering your art.

“Bellingham has a strong and diverse art community and we want to showcase that,” Sieh said.

Make.Shift, who purchased the Jinx Art Space about a year ago, is located at 306 Flora Street. For more information, contact info@makeshiftproject.com or follow their Facebook page.