ALT Printing Community Print Shop
Memberships will available to those individuals meeting the eligibility criteria outlined in this agreement. Members will have access to the ALT studio space and equipment outlined in this agreement. ALT staff will be present during all studio times and are available for equipment trouble shooting questions only. Present staff will not teach “how-to” printing techniques outside of what is covered in the ALT Learn to Print I & II Classes.
If you have never printed before, both Learn to Print I and Learn to Print II classes are required to become eligible for memberships with ALT Printing Co.
If you are familiar with the screen-printing process we require a small orientation to acquaint you with our equipment.
ALT staff reserves the right to require members to take additional classes to obtain and/or maintain printing skills if necessary.
*Member is responsible for purchasing their own ongoing consumables including but not limited to screens, inks, emulsion, any and all mediums for printing (e.g. apparel, paper, etc.). Printing starter kits (160 screen, 1 quart of emulsion, and 4 Speedball water based inks) will be available for purchase at the time of membership.
Reserving studio time:
Studio Hours Tuesdays-Thursdays 11am- 9pm, Sundays 11am-9pm.
1-hour minimum on all studio reservations
30-hour maximum per month
Members must reserve studio time at least 24 hours in advance.
If the studio will be unavailable during regular studio hours, ALT will post that the time is unavailable at lease 24hrs in advance.
The time is pre-paid and non-refundable. If a member is late for their studio time, time will not be credited. Member will be allowed to utilize only the remaining time reserved.
General Rules for the studio:
All members and ALT Staff use the studio. Please be conscious of others and clean up after yourself. This includes but is not limited to, wiping down the press and table tops free of excesses ink and/or water, cleaning squeegees, ensuring equipment is returned to its proper storage place, etc.
If ALT staff finds that cleanup is necessary after your use, you will be charged cleaning fee of $25.00.
Screens that require drying may be stored in the studio overnight but must be labeled with the member’s name. All other materials must be removed from the studio when the member leaves.
Food and drinks are permitted during studio times. There is no alcohol or drugs permitted during studio times. Members may not be under the influence of either alcohol or drugs when using the equipment and/or the ALT studio. ALT staff reserves the right to reasonably suspect members alcohol and/or drug intoxication and subsequently ask any member and/or guest to leave.
Members are allowed to bring a guest into the studio to help them print. Members are responsible for their guests at all times. Guests are expected to follow all ALT studio policy and may not use any of the equipment in the studio without their accompanying member. Assisting a member with printing will not qualify an individual for membership.
Guests do not include children. Printmaking requires your full attention. Therefore, children are not permitted in the studio unless they are the primary member.
Ages 14+ are eligible for memberships but must have a responsible adult present with them at all times. Non-printing adults will not be charged the two –person-printing charge.
Equipment use included in rental:
· 1 6 color, 4 station, printing press
· 1 4 color, 1 station, printing press
· Squeegees (Sizes range from 4 inches to 18 inches and 60, 70 and 80 durometers)
· 5 tables with butterfly hinges (can fit screen sizes up to 24x36 inches)
· Conveyor Dryer (18 inch wide by 60 inches long)
· Flash Dryer
· Exposure Unit
· Dip Tank
· Washout Booth
· Pressure Washer
· Plastisol Ink Remover
· Reclaiming Materials
· Ink Jet Printer (See printing/artwork requirements)
· 13X19, 8 ½ X 11 Transparencies
· Screen Tape
· Pallet Glue
· Scrap paper/old t-shirts for printing proofs
· General Cleaning Supplies
Printer Use and Artwork Requirements:
ALT uses an inkjet printer to produce all transparencies. All artwork printed in the studio must be reviewed by the in house graphic designer via ONE (1) of the options outlined below and will occur during the scheduled studio time.
Option One- Artwork is print ready. “Print ready” is defined as artwork that has been formatted by an individual that is familiar with prepping digital artwork for screen-printing. The graphic designer will conduct a minimal review of the artwork file for general parameters for printing (e.g. color, size, etc.). See general parameters for artwork.
Option Two- Artwork is not print ready. This option is for those individuals that do not know how to convert artwork to a format that is appropriate for screen-printing (e.g. hand drawings, etc.). The in house graphic designer will work with your existing artwork to convert it into a print ready file. There is an hourly service charge of $25/ hour for this option.
Please note that that Option Two is a not a graphic design service. The graphic designer will only work with existing artwork and reserves the right to decide if a file is suitable for conversion. If graphic design services are needed, please contact an ALT staff member and other arrangements can be made.