PRESS-ON-WHEELS (POW) MOBILE PRINTMAKING
Zygote has an array of mobile printmaking units for hire known as the Press-on-Wheels (POW). Event coordinators can rent standalone POW units or units operated by Zygote staff, for hours of printmaking that attracts and engages all kinds of audiences. Zygote POW units have gone to more than 60 offsite locations, including libraries, community centers, citywide festivals, private parties and more.
Prices are based on the number of artists facilitating an event, the duration of the event, material needs, mileage for transportation, and the amount of preparation and cleanup needed. Please make requests at least 4 weeks in advance of the event. To rent a POW unit and receive a quote, or for more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Besides the ability to entertain, the POW units have two other benefits: They offer an important way of engaging the community with mobile and innovative experiences, and they serve as educational opportunities for the interns and members that facilitate them — so junior staff gains skills and experience in conducting educational programming with the greater public.
Zygote has several POW presses. They include:
THE PRINT PONY: A RELIEF-PRINTING ROCKING HORSE
Zygote Press has a print pony named Inky — a playground rocking horse that’s been converted into a pressure-printer apparatus that produces relief prints while people ride. The Print Pony’s concept and design was originally created after seeing it at the Southern Graphics Conference in 2013. We acknowledge the incredible ideas and innovation of Eric Fuertes of Dumbo Press that inspired the Print Pony at Zygote.
THE LETTERPRESS CART: FLYERS ON THE FLY
Zygote’s mobile letterpress cart — a.k.a. Cranky — is a hand-crank tabletop platen press that can be fitted with a 4″ x 6″ linoleum block or typeset text that can be created for your event. It’s also a great mobile unit for large crowds — and making bookmarks, cards, and other giveaway ephemera on the fly at live events. Linoleums or woodcuts can be created specifically for your event’s theme for an additional cost.
A MOBILE SUITCASE
Zygote has a collection of tools, matrices, and all print ready to take on the road in our Traveling Suitcase.
THE MOBILE INTAGLIO/RELIEF PRESSES
For long-term use in schools and other institutions, Zygote offers two intaglio/relief presses.
THE SCREEN-PRINTING CART
The zyPRINT screen-printing cart is outfitted with a Yudu-a small all-in-one screen exposure unit outfitted with printer, and laptop. (The Yudu has a slot with a mini-darkroom, fan, and light-exposure table.) The cart must be used with an electrical source. The cart is great for creating screened giveaways, T-shirts and other promotional ephemera. Note that this cart is somewhat large, so requires two people for transport.