bushwick print lab
Ray Cross established Bushwick Print Lab in 2009, but he had been printing since he was a student at Pratt. There, he collaborated with Garrison Buxton on a street art and design initiative, Peripheral Media Projects (2004-2009). They used screenprint like a "custom brush" to design clothing, and eventually began offering screen services, contract printing and workshops, and founded the Ad Hoc Art Gallery at 49 Bogart Street in East Williamsburg. When this venture closed in 2009, Cross moved to Troutman Street, just across the Brooklyn border into Queens, and set up Bushwick Print Lab, producing contract work within "a shared work space offering film plotting, screen making, and shop rentals to artists, printers, and designers seeking a professional and well equipped lab for all types of silkscreen work." Bushwick Print Lab has a work-trade program for artists who want to learn the craft and develop their own work. The shop also puts on live screenprinting events and has recently added a publishing arm to its offerings.
Cross has always appreciated the friendliness and generosity of local workshops, especially true of the screenprinting community, as resources for information, exchanging materials, or for client referrals. He praised the community’s public events (Prints Gone Wild; E/AB Fair), print shops with gallery spaces (Ad Hoc, Cinders Gallery) and those who organize exhibitions (IPCNY, Carrier Pigeon, Kirsten Flaherty), and especially Printmakers Anonymous, who keep printers connected.
1717 Troutman St #204
Ridgewood, NY 11385