MY GRIFFIN PRESS
Unlike other cities around the US, San Diego can be challenging for a print maker, due to very few facilities with presses to rent. So owning a press is almost a necessity and quite a commitment! My Griffin came came to me via Taos. It's old, beautiful, and weights 1500 LBS. Once in place in the studio, it's not going anywhere. It needs room. Room for the bed to move and room to walk around it... and because of this, it's right in the middle of my studio. You can't miss it when you walk in. You need to pay attention to it... it calls out to me to make something! And for that I am grateful!
I also have a small press—an Ettan. It prints 1/4 sheets. It's fast, immediate and fun, as you can crank out prints quickly. The plates are much smaller so they take less time to ink. I use this press to warm up, to work out ideas, to test materials and for fun. Because I am also really well versed in digital media, I sometime use these small prints in my Giclée work. This allows for flexibility and variety in my process.