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Swampdog Press imprints on students

By Nikki Scott
Staff Writer

September 27, 2012

Photo by Samantha Langley
Previously made designs hang on display in front of the University Center for students to see as they walk by.
When was the last time your T-shirt's design was hand selected and printed right in front of you?

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.
Photo by Samantha Langley
Swampdog Press adviser Brandon Sanderson and organization president, Reilley Thayer, remove a design for a student's T-shirt.
Students walking past could have their own T-shirts printed on for $5, and T-shirts that were provided by Swampdog Press were for sale for $10.

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.

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