The Tired Press

A guest post by Chris Clark.

I ran into Pilar Nadal at the farmer’s market in Portland, Maine last Saturday printing postcards from the back of her mobile print shop, The Tired Press. In response to Space Gallery‘s Bike Month, Pilar outfitted her cruising bicycle with a tiny, little relief press, some storage cabinets, work tops, and a drying line and rode the whole thing over to Deering Oaks Park where she was offering free, custom printed postcards to farmer’s market shoppers. Thanks to support from Space, she even provided free shipping (and possible exhibition) of the cards. What better way to let your friends know you’re having fun in Maine than a hand printed postcard? Interest in the press was so high that Pilar barely had a chance to take a breath between ink ups. Still, she’s planning to bike back to the market all throughout the summer for more printing with the public. If you get a weekend in Portland, go out to the park, get some fresh air and a head of locally grown lettuce and print a postcard with Pilar.

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10 Responses to “The Tired Press”

  1. lois says:

    This is INCREDIBLE. I am obsessed!

  2. Julie says:

    This is wonderful. I wish she could bike her way across the country and hang out with us in D.C.!

  3. Robin says:

    Ms. Nadal is such a terrific artist (and person!). Her collaborative spirit and ernest community interest is such a lovely antidote to the irony and synicism so prevelant in contemporary art and culture. Great job, Pilar! And some well-deserved recognition of a great project!

  4. Nico says:

    Fabulous! So beautiful. Makes me smile. Well done!

  5. Carlos says:

    Way to go, Pilar!

  6. IndianaDave says:

    Something about the people that excite us are the “beggars, gypsys, and clowns”. Someone should add … ARTISTS … do you think?

  7. Congratulations to Pilar — Maine College of Art should just grant her MFA now (technically she has one more year)! Anyone who wants The Tired Press to pull up at a nearby curb should raise funds to bring her out. She is a committed, magnetic champion of all thing print, spreading the non-toxic infectious print bug like the superhero she is, tassels flowing from those handy handlebars!

  8. Toni Jo says:

    I can’t wait to see this at the farmer’s market! A great addition to Portland.

  9. Erin Sweeney says:

    Yay Yay Yay! Go, Tired Press, Go!

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