Print Boise

I locked my bike and walked across the street, ready to get out of the heat. I pulled open the large red door and stepped into the white room.  Lines were strung across the room. Tiny clothespins held delicate sheets of uniform rectangular paper. It looked like a multitude of Tibetan prayer flags, but they weren’t. These were impressions of Boise.

For two nights, MING Studios hosted the exhibition, Print Boise. A collaborative effort between Wingtip Press and the Idaho Preservation Society generated the project which was funded by a grant from the Boise City Department of Arts & History.

Print Boise at MING Studios

Over a period of several months, people met at designated locations in the city. Anybody could sign up and it was free. Participants were then escorted on a historic tour of the area, led by Amy Pence-Brown. After the tour, participants partnered up to “print Boise.”  Amy Nack, owner of Wingtip Press, handed out inked up brayers and sheets of Japanese paper to roll impressions of textures, signs, grates, anything that would provide a mark.

Then, participants created their own chop (a personal stamp or seal) to use on the prints in a different color. Two prints were donated for the exhibition and participants could take the others home.

I went to one of the tours that was downtown in the 9th Street and Bannock area. Below is one of the prints I did. It has a couple of different textures. Of course I made leaves on my chop (the red circle).


For each section of the city that was visited, three prints were chosen to be framed and an explanation of historic features in that area was written up and displayed in vinyl on the wall.



Boise Watershed prints




Below is the framed piece for the section of town that our tour visited. The middle print is another one of mine.



I had fun on the tour and I learned something about a few of the buildings downtown. I also got inspired to try this on fabric in some way, but it would require a different kind of ink. I am usually pretty good about noticing details as I walk by things, but this activity made me look even closer and discover new things.

The exhibition was so interesting to see all the different textures and marks and to wonder where they were found. Too bad it was only up for a few days.




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