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Swampdog Press imprints on students
By Nikki ScottStaff Writer
September 27, 2012
Had you stopped by the University Center on Sept. 11, you would have had the choice and opportunity.
"It gives students experience because eventually they'll be selling their own work," said Brandon Sanderson, the organization creator and adviser.
Sanderson is in his fifth year as a printmaking professor in the UNCP art department.
Clotheslines of T-shirts lined the sidewalks of the University Center Lawn with designs like a caricature of actor William Shatner, skeletons and an array of animals.
Sanderson started the organization four years ago after he invited a New York City printing press company to come to the UNCP campus to speak to his printmaking students.
They encouraged him to create this avenue to expand the art majors' expertise.
There were also temporary tattoos for sale for $1.
The students are raising money for a trip to First Friday in Raleigh on Nov. 2, where they will visit art museums, studio exhibitions and galleries.
Sanderson sat in a chair, hand-chiseling a design onto a piece of wood for a temporary tattoo.
"It's a non-toxic, vegetable-based ink," explained Vice President Daniela Jimenez, 21, a junior.
She has been with the organization three and a half years.
President of Swampdog Press Reilley Thayer, 22, a senior majoring in art education and printmaking, has been with the organization for three years.
After the shirts were printed, they advised their customers to take them home, put them in the dryer and hang them up for up to 48 hours to ensure the ink set in well.
About 50,000 people attend First Friday in Raleigh every year.