Sunday, October 7, 2018

Makers Faire Milwaukee

Last week we were invited by the PRINT CLUB of the University of  Wisconsin Milwaukee to set up our POW next to their Steamroller Printmaking event. It was scheduled as a two-day event.

We loaded up our etching press, and our paper press and drier system. Our POWvehicle lumbered up to Milwaukee from our base in Kenosha, making it our longest trip to date. November we'll drive it to Madison for two weekends for a papermaking event with veterans. More to come on that.

The CCR POW booth and the UWM PNF booth ready for the crowds

Jessica Meuninck Ganger working with UWM students at the PNF printmaking tent

Watching young people respond to prints and printmaking is always a joy.

CCR had their relief and paper maker station and the UWM PNF students had their steamroller large scale print and block printing station set up and we printed up a storm. 

We printed so much, that it did in fact storm, which meant the next day we would set up our printmaking tents indoors, sans steamroller and papermaking activities.

UWM students and the CCR staff waiting for the crowds to flood in.

Her first print. 

Captivated by print
 After showing hundreds of people what we do we loaded up our POW and headed back to Kenosha.

Monday, July 16, 2018

POW @ the Boys and Girls Club in Kenosha

On June 28th CCR's Press On Wheels made a stop at the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha where we conducted a drypoint workshop for  10 to 20 kids.  It was an exciting event with the kids getting inky and others wanting in on the opportunity to learn and experience printmaking.

Thanks to the enthusiastic support of artist Julia Schiller for facilitating this workshop.

Julia provided us with a few photographs of the workshop.  

 If you are interested in having CCR's POW visit your community let us know.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Summer means Paper and Print making

CCR Co-founder Marilyn Propp, introducing Kenosha Creative Space volunteer Lonique the subtleties and wonder of making paper at the Kenosha Simmons Island Beach Party held June 15 & 16th 2018.

Making paper at the Racine Art Museum, Kids Day June 15, 2018

Relief printing demo @ Our Lady of Grace Academy, June 1st 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

The first drawing of the inside of our 2000 ford E350 POW vehicle

Can you imagine your logo somewhere on the side or back of the truck?  Our sponsors' logos will appear on the truck.

 Get in on the fun!!!
 And it begins; the raw space, the blank canvas. This is the interior of our POW vehicle.

When complete, we will be able to bring drypoint, relief, screen printing, and papermaking to you, wherever you are!

Got any ideas? 
Contact us. 

We are taking Print and Papermaking 
on the road.

Jack Kerouac, here we come!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

CCR receives Grant

The Center for Collaborative Research received a grant for $1400.00 from the Kenosha Community Foundation to enable us to build robust marketing tools and to pay for our PPOW program.
This is an affirmation from the community that we are moving in the right direction.
Thank you for your continued support, KCF!

There has been a flurry of activity these last few days.
We are still seeking support for fixing up our donated van for our PPOW program. You can go to our generosity page: Support the van: Paper & Press On Wheels

And in our partnership with the Kenosha Creative Space, we are putting out a call for the KCS first Juried Exhibit.
The link to the call and submission portal is

And on another note, Marilyn Propp (our co-founder) has some wonderful pieces in the traveling "Pulped Under Pressure" Exhibition at Lawrence University, Appleton Wisconsin Curated by Reni Gower and Melissa Potter, with accompanying catalog: pulped-under-pressure

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The New Van! Donated and Dedicated to PPOW

It's official- the title was transferred today. Now we can outfit the interior to accommodate our portable press and papermaking equipment for Press and Paper on Wheels.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

PPOW gets a Jump Start

Help us take printmaking and papermaking into the community! Follow this link to our  Generosity fundraising page

The Center for Collaborative Research  (CCR) enters its second year and we continue to move our organization forward offering workshops, classes, pop up demonstrations and other activities related to print and paper making.  Our partnership with The Kenosha Creative Space is something to celebrate  and our collaborations with them continue to be fun.

 We have been offered a 2000 Ford e-350 super duty bus/van which will be dedicated for our PPOW activities. We are seeking donations to get the van outfitted to house our portable etching press and paper making  equipment. When the van is finished we will be able to take our presses anywhere and set up a functioning shop in a matter of minutes.

This fundraising effort is being dedicated to help refurbish the Ford, build out the interior,  fix up some of the rust and get it into roadworthy shape. The 2000 Ford is a V8 with 150,000 miles on the odometer, the tires are good, the liftgate works really well and it starts right up! The Ford will be painted blue and CCR's logo and PPOW will be emblazoned on the sides. 

CCR is a 501 (c)(3} and all donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

If you have any questions or want to get involved with our project please contact us. 

Monday, December 4, 2017

Victorian Christmas & Harbor Holiday, Saturday, December 2

CCR had the distinct privilege of working with  Paul Aken, at the Kenosha Civil War Museum all day Saturday.  Paul is the founder and proprietor of the Platen Press Museum, located in Zion Illinois. 

Paul and I assisted over 500 people print the Victorian Christmas Celebration Card. We are using Civil War era field letter presses for the activity.

What Fun!

The joys of printing with Paul, David  and perhaps the youngest printer on the planet.

2017 Christmas card designed  by Paul Aken

Friday, November 10, 2017

CCR and the Kenosha Creative Space celebrate La Dia de los Muertos!

We begin at the Day of the Dead party for the Kenosha Creative Space, Nov. 4, 2017. Heated tents! David gives a demonstration on relief printing, using our Press on Wheels etching press.
David shows a young viewer how to print. 
A participant runs the press!
Bob Schneider, Board President of the Kenosha Creative Space, and Francisco Loyola, Executive Director, announce that we have a building! We will start the build-out during the next 3 months.

Wonderful Spanish music all night long!

Monday, October 2, 2017

The First Annual Simmons Island Beach Party

On September 22 & 23rd, the Kenosha Creative Space hosted the First Simmons Island Beach Party. It was an event to remember the day was perfect, and the turnout was fabulous.

CCR was invited to set up a papermaking and printmaking pop-up workshop.  

Check out some pics from the event. 
YES!, Making paper.

A family activity

Concentration and focus yield the perfect sheet.

Nothing spells relief like printmaking

Looking outside of our pop-up print and papermaking space

The Simmons Island Beach House, Open for the first time in 20 or 30 years.
The Pop-up studios were on the other side facing the lake.  And inside the work of Marilyn Propp, Ajay Singh Bedi and David Jones 

Thursday, September 21, 2017


September is proving to be a busy month: we have had a drypoint workshop for young people and two for adults.We decided to hold our workshops in spite of low numbers; 2 students for our young peoples class and 3 for our adult drypoint class, and 3 for our Xerox transfer workshop.
Here are some images from the Xerox Transfer workshop.

Yvette Pino  pulling a print 
      As easy as 1 2 & 3

Transfer Print by Vicki Reed

Transfer Print by Gina Litherland

Transfer Print by Yvette Pino

AND  meanwhile,  the printing goes on!