Print Club Boston might sound familiar — some of their limited-edition posters were recently snatched up by Urban Outfitters — but unfortunately, this isn’t a club you can join. The silkscreen print studio is run by 29-year-old Australian expat and artist Elizabeth Corkery (@printclubboston), who relocated to Somerville in 2013 after finishing her MFA at Cornell.
Q. What’s the back story on the company?
A. My partner teaches at the museum school and I started the company about as soon as we moved to Boston. While I had been [in grad school], my personal work became pretty production-heavy and environmental- and installation-based, and since I’m trained in printmaking, I wanted to make a smaller run of work on a weekly or daily basis. I wanted it to be a way for me to work through imagery and ideas that are inspiring to me on a smaller scale.
I think it’s an interesting moment in terms of affordable art that’s available online. It’s a new niche for artists that’s not Etsy-related or through gallery-selling work. It’s become more artists turned entrepreneurs who are selling their own work online. And for me, since it’s become easier to create your own nice-looking webstore, I was able to launch in December 2013 and have been selling prints since then.
Q. How do you decide which prints make the cut?
A.They’re all hand-pulled screen prints, made on printmaking paper. They’re all limited edition and, at the moment, it’s just me making them all. It’s a club of one. [Laughs.] So far I’ve been releasing them in collections, so I’ll have an overarching theme or idea and the prints will play out over six or eight prints in each collection. However, I’m revisiting that structure because it’s so labor intensive and limits me to producing about twice a year. Now I’m looking at printing smaller series.
Q.And you’ve done some collaborative work.
A. That’s been the nice thing about having Boston in the name. People locally have gotten in touch with me to work in partnership or collectively and Boston has a really lovely startup mentality for creative entrepreneurs, so I’m always hearing from people who have their own small businesses or established ones who want to partner. I did a collaborative project with Olives & Grace in the South End for a run of tote bags, and I’m partnering with December Thieves to do a print workshop in early December.
Q. What has been the reaction to your work through Print Club Boston?
A. The first series of prints I did was thematically related to my personal work. My grad project was about how gardens are represented historically and I wanted have an outlet without it having to be this big conceptual piece. And the second set of pieces is a series of photos of Boston of the massive snow mounds after the blizzard in parking lots called Hollywood Hills. They look like Western mountains, but they’re just the big dirty lumps of Boston’s unplowed snow in parking lots. Both involve looking at the natural world and I think people enjoy having that in the home.Interview was edited and condensed. Rachel Raczka can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org