Postcard from San Francisco: Simone Tippett

Clockwise from above: The print folio being collated; rainbow flags flying in San Francisco; a snippet of Amy Milhinch’s print Shak-Shake for the ‘Political’ portfolio; a snippet of Leo Greenfield’s print The Forcefield from the ‘Skin deep’ portfolio; making the folios; Simon Tippet.


Adelaide’s Simone Tippett reports on her printmaking odyssey to San Francisco.

The International Print Run was a surprise crowdfunding gift from the Adelaide printmaking community last year, one which enabled me to tour print studios and galleries in San Francisco in September.

It was a gift that was as invigorating and inspiring as it was generous, and one for which I am so grateful. (You can read more about the crowdfunding project here – – I’m still slightly in shock!)

For me, a big part of the trip was paying the gift forward. It was also about connecting with printmakers across the world in the wake of the Trump election. (The crowdfunding gift was given in the same week that the world woke in shock to learn Donald Trump had been elected.)

With the International Print Run Folios, I took – and gave away – 11 folios of themed prints to fantastic printmakers, studios and galleries in San Francisco. The gift folios went to folk in San Francisco who are quietly making fantastic things happen in their printmaking communities – a no-strings gift to see what would happen – and the reception was fantastic.

The lucky recipients of the four themed folios are:

Message in a Bottle folio

Robynn Smith of Blue Mouse Studio & MPC Printmakers

Noah Lang of SF Electric Works (at the Minnesota Art Project)

Cheryl from the San Francisco Centre for the Book who spent hours showing us around

Political folio

The San Francisco Centre for the Book

Fanny Retsek, printmaker

Max Stadnik from Tiny Splendour

Skin Deep folio

Brett of M&H Type & Arion Press

Denese Sanders of Open Ground Studios

Dan Hendel, fabulous personal tour guide & print collector

Nature/Nurture folio

MPC Printmakers

Sam Vaughan of Dead Duck Press

The folios are beautiful. They are glorious collections of colour and life, generously and humbly presented. In all, there are four themed folios, each consisting of 10 x A3-sized original hand-made prints from 41 Adelaide artists.

The folios will be exhibited in several Adelaide locations later this year: at the new #6Manton Gallery in Hindmarsh and Artlab Australia in the Adelaide CBD. The #6Manton opening will launch the gift of folios back to all participating artists. (Stay tuned for dates and further information… )

If you’d like to see more of the International Print Run, or my trip to San Francisco, check out the following Instagram feeds: @internationalprintrun (folio stuff), @unionstprint (general print/art stuff) and @tipchick (for a more personal response to San Francisco), plus the Facebook page

The project was such a success that I hope to make it annual thing. My plan is to organise several beautiful, meaningful folios each year for Adelaide/South Australian artists to be involved with. Which means, every year, one or two printmakers travelling overseas have a no-strings gift to take with them… thereby spreading the Adelaide Printmaking Love far and wide. Yay!

And San Francisco? Wow. What a fabulously vibrant, diverse and liberated city. There is so much printmaking, and so many great studios and galleries. You all should visit!

Simone Tippett is the founder of Union St Printmakers, where she teaches a variety of printmaking techniques. As an artist, she works with drawing, printmaking and photography.