Today we’d like to introduce you to Mich Miller and Sean Hernandez.
Mich and Sean, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
The Print Shop LA is a community printmaking studios – we opened in 2018 and originally co-founded by Sean Hernandez of Press Friends, Jayes Caitlin of Heavy Gel, Mich Miller (@MichMillerPrint) and Dave Kloc- but currently run by Sean Hernandez and Mich Miller. We were four artists and publishers who came together to pool our resources and print knowledge and build a printmaking studios that was both collaborative and accessible to the community. At The Print Shop LA we strive to be the community resource you can always turn to, additionally offer commission printmaking through resident publisher Press Friends We offer Printing services, studio access for local artists, a summer Artist-In- Residency Program as well as public and private workshops- to learn any of the Printing methods we offer. You can become a studio member, an Intern, or one of our Artist in Residence for access to print using any of our resources and get help from our team of in house Printers. We work in creating opportunities for artists, for young artists to gain hands on publication, in house publishing and fine art printing, and exhibition experience.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
When I moved to LA, I was very surprised at the small amount of resources and community print shops in Los Angeles, and it was definitely a slot waiting to be filled. The Los Angeles artist community – which is such a talented and active one, has been extremely welcoming to us and we were surprised at the community we’ve been able to foster in our printshop in just three years as a collaborative printmaking studio.
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into The Print Shop LA story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a collaborative, accessible printmaking studios in Chinatown Los Angeles with in house risograph, silkscreen, etching and relief printmaking facilities. We offer Printing services as well as public and private workshops to learn any of the Printing methods we offer. You can become a Member, an Intern, Student or one of our Artist in Residence for access to print using any of our resources and get help from our talented team of in house Printers. Shop Co-Founder and our main/resident publishers Sean Hernandez provides a variety of services including letterpress, relief, and digital printing. Screen printing is his main business, and he specializes in event posters and merchandise as well as design. Our Risograph Printer and Instructor Mich Miller, Co-Founder and Residency Manager, holds a residency program during the summer months which provides studio access and funding to printmaking and mixed media artists. Natalie Center, Risograph Instructor and Publisher under Printed Pony, was one of the first interns at PSLA. She started the Riso color tests, resources, and workshop program with Mich Miller. Additionally, operating as Crust Zine is Riso Printer and Instructor Jackie Yaeger and Odd Petals – Screen Printer and Instructor Alden Knight.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
We have had mostly good luck as a shop, and owe that to the culture and artists community in Los Angeles. We feel very lucky to be in the location we are. The COVID situation has definitely put stress on both the business side and community aspects of The Print Shop LA, as well as for most artists- but we are doing what we can to maintain and act as a resource to this community.
- Address: THE PRINT SHOP LA
502 CHUNG KING COURT
LOS ANGELES, CA, 90012
- Website: www.ThePrintShopLA.com
- Phone: (424) 241-3871 – Press Friends Publishing (631) 255-7560 – Mich Miller The Print Shop LA
- Email: PrintShopLA502@gmail.com
- Instagram: @ThePrintShopLA
- Facebook: Facebook.com/PrintShopLA
Image Credits @ThePrintShopLA and @printedmatterinc