Thursday, October 20, 2011

"What Does It Mean?" CONTEST!

We found this print hanging around our studio the other day. It's so great! But what does it all mean? We turn to you, dear readers, for the answer.

Give us your best guess at the idea behind this thought-provoking print and our favorite answer will receive a special something from the interns.

Leave your thoughts in the comments section by next Thursday the 27th at noon!

A day in the life...

A lot goes on here at Pyramid, but today we have a peek into a day at the studio from our intern's point of view. Enjoy these photos from Tuesday!

Etching tools all lined up!

Jake taking us through an etching process.

Hanging out in the print shop

Litho sponges drying in the sun ;)

Tarlatan all ready for wiping our plates

Making a huge sheet of paper takes many hands!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2012 Letterpress Calendar - Almost ready!

The 2012 Pyramid Atlantic Calendar is almost ready.... We've got 9 of the 14 pages fully completed and 3 more half-way done. The completed calendars will be assumed and available for sale at the end of next week!

Check out preview photos over at the Pyramid Letterpress blog!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Introducing Myself

Hi, My name is Amanda Lay. I have been volunteering at Pyramid Atlantic now since July. I help to get the word out about classes and special events on blogs and forums.

When I am not at Pyramid, I love going to concerts, seeing movies, bargain hunting at thrift stores and going to Washington Redskins games!

I have been at Pyramid almost a month now. I love it here. I have learned so much and met so many terrific people at Pyramid who are always interested in what I am working on and also sharing with me what they are working on that day. Pyramid is a great place to be!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Be a Pyramid Atlantic Studio Intern!

Winter is just around the corner, and with it will come a 
new group of studio interns here at Pyramid Atlantic!
Our fall interns are having such a wonderful time here, 
we thought we would ask them about what a new intern could expect. Katelyn, Amanda, and Aly say:

"You might be a Pyramid Atlantic Studio Intern if..."

- You love prints, paper, ink, books, and the like...
- Learning new printmaking techniques makes you giddy.
- Helping run events such as our annual Upscale Yard Sale is your cup of tea.
- You'd brave the pouring rain to join the team at our Crafty Bastards booth.
- You collect found objects in anticipation of including them in art projects.
- Handmade paper gives you the warm fuzzies.
- Making handmade paper gives you soggy socks and soaking shoes.
- You're a hot foil stamping fool in the book bindery.
- You foresee yourself swapping art-making techniques with other studio-dwellers.
- You find yourself teaching a screenprinting class to a fun group of newbies.
- Documenting and blogging about your life as an intern makes you smile!

The deadline for our Winter Studio Internship is November 11th.
Learn more about the internship and how to apply here!

Katelyn in the paper studio
Aly with a mould and deckel
Amanda pressing a post of handmade paper

After-hours intern hangout at Jackie's Sidebar

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Shop Guilt Free This Weekend

Event: Upscale Yard Sale
Date: Saturday, Oct 15 AND Sunday Oct 16
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Place: Pyramid Atlantic Parking Lot

Antiques, Furniture, Collectibles, Clothing, Jewelry, Pottery, Silver, and so much more! Click for a sneak peek of items.

Our members & friends have cleaned out their homes for you! You will not believe your eyes when you see all we have in store for you! All of the money raised supports our arts & education programs, so you can shop guilt free!

If you want to come shop and don't have a car, no worries, our friends at Zipcar will give you a ride home with your loot if you live 1 to 2 miles from Pyramid.


Image Credit: Source

Pyramid Atlantic Visiting Artist Lecture

Featuring Screenprinter, Maggie Gourlay! 

Using her ongoing screenprinting projects as a case study, Maggie will discuss the challenges, and rewards, of screenprinting on panels, adjusting to new studio environments, and some technical and aesthetic problem-solving strategies.

Join us OCTOBER 22nd downstairs in the screenprinting area, 6 to 7pm

Visit her site at  

Friday, October 7, 2011

2012 Letterpress Calendar Sneak Peek!

The Letterpress Studio has been busy as Pyramid's letterpress printers have been working hard on the 2012 Letterpress Calendar!

Completed May page by Morgan Ward

We should have these calendars available for sale by the end of the month. Check out the Pyramid Letterpress blog for photos. Stay tuned for even more photos + purchase info!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Meet Visiting Artists Inga & Andy Hamilton!

Artists Inga and Andy Hamilton with some of Inga's beautiful fiber sculptures.

We are so pleased to welcome visiting artists Inga and Andy Hamilton back to the Pyramid Atlantic studio. This is the second time these two inspiring artists have graced us with their presence. Inga and Andy have traveled all the way from Northern Ireland to spread their art-making good vibes and we couldn't be more thrilled.   

Among all the cheer they are spreading is a great experiment facilitated by the two called "Elementals". This study unites artists from all over the world whose work will come together with the hopes of accomplishing one mission: to spread joy and happiness through art.  The idea is simple, if artists can focus on consciously putting good feelings into their work, would the art itself have the ability to project these feelings of peace, harmony, and goodwill to the viewer? After analyzing some of the 'data' from the experiment thus far, I hypothesize, yes.

In addition to being a fantastic experiment encouraging people to foster and share goodwill, the end result should be quite beautiful! All the work in "Elementals" will take the shape of some breed of avian creature. See more about the experiment and get to know Inga and Andy better by visiting their respective websites. Find Inga at and Andy at And below, check out a small sample of the birds that are already coming in!

Inga's ceramic birds in progress

More of Inga's herd of birds in progress

Sally Fort's sewn fabric bird with happy, puffy clouds

Fionnuala Elliot's bright and cheery owls

Mama and baby birds by Mark Morgan

Joe Lucas' avian family

Woodcut owl in progress by Sabeth Jackson

Visit their 'Elementals' Facebook page  to see more of the beautiful art that will be a part of this project.

Thank you, Inga and Andy, for always making sure Pyramid Atlantic is a destination on your U.S. adventures. We've loved having you in the studio and can't wait to see you again - next year? We hope so!