Although it was unseasonably cold in Atlanta, I still had an amazing time at the Southern Graphics Conference International thanks to the support from Creative Saskatchewan’s Business Capacity Grant Program!
This year’s theme was “Terminus.” — “In 1837, a stake marking the founding of Terminus was driven into the ground, called the Zero Mile Post, which was the nexus of the Western and Atlantic Railroad. This became the point from which the city of Atlanta emerged. As a transportation hub, the rail lines became symbolic of paths taken or traveled and their intersections became connecting points of opportunity.”
Definitely one of the highlights of the conference was the tour of the Heidelberg USA facility at Kennesaw State University. We were greeted immediately by this beautiful Linotype and a Heidelberg Windmill which I use on a daily basis. The shop itself was much more futuristic looking, featuring many machines that can do it all: huge copiers, plate makers, offset machines. I was in awe.
There were also countless, drool-worthy exhibitions including an opening of Sean Starwars work at a house gallery. An amazing body of work featuring prints and woodcuts.
There were some great works at the open portfolio sessions at the Loews Conference Hotel as well. It is always great to be able to speak to the individual artists about their work. The room was absolutely packed and sweaty but totally worth it. I came away with a ton of inspiration and dozens of business cards.
We got to see some steamroller printing from the Atlanta Printmakers. We gained some helpful tips on wrapping up the prints post printing. The blocks were beautiful and out on display in the street. Articulate had a steamroller printing event for Culture Days this past year so it was nice to see how another group problem solved and rocked it.
See you next year in Vegas.