All summer, CCRx is partnering with artist Monika Neuland and Envision Unlimited to host experiential dyeing workshops on the shore of Lake Michigan at beaches in South Shore and Uptown neighborhoods of Chicago.
In the surf and sand, participants decorate and dye cotton textiles, such as pillowcases that might otherwise be disposed of. They create brushes from found materials such as twigs and feathers, and work with dyes that are a combination of natural pigments and some synthetic dying agents. Neuland guides participants at all skill levels in a process that is immersive and based in sustainability.
“This workshop is about giving yourself permission to make a mess and experience an ecstatic outburst,” said Neuland. The workshops are very casual, simple, and accessible, even if you are not typically a crafter or artist. Neuland has been conducting this workshop for the last five years, working with artists from Envi...
500 Chicago teachers, non-profits and artists received a farewell gift from the Last Printer on Printer’s Row this past July.
As they closed their plant and prepared to move to the suburbs, Palmer Printing opened their doors for three days so teachers could bundle and roll 100,000 large sheets of fine paper and take them away for their classrooms and studios.
Palmer Printing, which opened in 1937 as E.F. Palmer and Co., invited Chicago teachers, schools and arts organizations to come take what they need from its great selection of fine paper -- 25 skids, approximately 100,000 sheets, of glossy or linen-finished 26 x 40 inch paper, valued at $100,000. Teachers also received posters, office supplies and a popcorn maker!
Helping teachers select paper was 80+ year old Ciro Rossini, who began working at Palmer Printing in the 1940’s and purchased the company in the early 1970s. His son, Ed Rossini, is now president of the company and also attend...