Tamarind Institute continues its program to advance the art of lithography through intensive printer training, research, and creative projects with visiting artists. The workshop is designed to accommodate two parallel programs: printer training and collaborations with visiting artists. These programs are run by the Education Director and the Workshop Manager.
Valpuri Remling, Tamarind Master Printer
Valpuri Remling hails from Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. After receiving her MFA in printmaking from the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts, Valpuri studied at Tamarind Institute and received her Tamarind Master Printer certificate in 2009. She then returned to Helsinki and Helsinki Litho, becoming co-owner of the workshop, while also teaching lithography at the University of the Arts, Helsinki, in the Academy of Fine Arts printmaking program. After an extensive international search, Valpuri was appointed the Master Printer and Workshop Manager of Tamarind Institute in 2015. Her role includes collaborations with visiting artists, managing multiple publishing projects, advising other workshops and manufacturing entities on best practices in lithography, and leading research in advances in lithographic techniques. Every year she directs the research of Tamarind apprentice printers and mentors the next generation of master printers.
Brandon Gunn, Tamarind Master Printer
Professor of Practice/Education Director
Brandon J. Gunn joined the Tamarind staff in January 2016 as Director of Education. Gunn is originally from Orem, Utah. After receiving a Masters degree in Printmaking at Illinois State University in 2006, and the Tamarind Master Printer Certificate in 2008, he began teaching full time, in addition to producing his own artwork, printing collaboratively, and constructing leather rollers. Gunn has considerable experience as a collaborative printer and educator, and is extremely knowledgeable in traditional and modern lithography, intaglio, woodcut, and digital printing techniques.
He has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses at Santa Fe Community College, Concordia University in Montreal, Brigham Young University Idaho, and Indiana University in Bloomington. He has also printed at Normal Editions Workshop, Stinger Editions, and for Indiana University’s visiting artist program. Gunn is responsible for the internationally recognized Professional Printer Training Program and the intensive Summer Workshop. He also regularly conducts external workshops and presentations, researches new materials and techniques, and consults with educational institutions, workshops and suppliers in the field.
Opportunities for Artists
As part of Tamarind’s educational mission to preserve and advance the art of lithography, our program strives to include a diversity of artists, technical challenges, and aesthetic ideas. There are three primary opportunities to collaborate in the workshop:
The editions published by Tamarind bear the chop of the workshop and the collaborating printer, alongside the signature of the artist. The work created during these residencies help to sustain the entire operation of the non-profit workshop, and may be purchased from the gallery at Tamarind, from international art fairs where Tamarind is represented, or online. Browse available inventory under Artists and New Releases. Tamarind invites approximately 6-8 artists every year to collaborate with our team of printers led by Tamarind Master Printer Valpuri Remling. This program is by invitation only.
Contract printing and monotyping
Tamarind welcomes proposals for contract printing, in which the artist assumes all printing costs. Many artists are able to obtain support for printing fees through research grants, community foundations, or through the galleries that represent them. Costs are determined by the number of colors, paper size, and the number of impressions. Estimates can be prepared in advance. For example, the cost to produce an edition of 20, four-color lithographs, measuring 22 x 30 inches, would be approximately $6400 or $320 per impression.
Tamarind also offers monotype printing on our offset proof press. The printing fee is $450 day, which includes the services of a printer for seven hours and all materials except paper (which we make available to artists at our cost). Two artists may share the services of a printer for a full day of monotyping for a printing fee of $300 each.
A fully equipped studio apartment, located on the upper floor of the Tamarind building, may be available to artists while they are working at Tamarind for a charge of $75 per night.
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Collaborations with student printers
Tamarind Institute invites applications for artist collaborations with its skilled student printers. Three guest artists will be selected to participate in two-week residencies in the workshop, each working with a team of student printers under the close supervision of a Tamarind Master Printer. Participating artists will create two print editions as outlined in the Call for Proposals, with the printers providing guidance on the materials and all technical aspects of the printing process. No printing experience necessary.
Applications are due in October for the following spring program. More information to come.
Workshop & Gallery Tours
Tours are an opportunity to see the workshop and learn more about Tamarind's history, and are offered at various times throughout the year. Check Tamarind's News & Events for scheduled public tours. If you have a group, please use the form to inquire about a private tour.