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Meet Sean Hernandez of Press Friends Machine

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sean Hernandez.

Sean, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I studied printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I had always been interested in print media but really became obsessed with the facilities there. My interest in print has always been the belief that printed books and art help bridge the barriers of fine arts, graphic design, and low brow culture.

When I moved back to LA in 2014, I was shocked that there were really no artists spaces for printmakers. I got a job as an art director of printed matter for Dark Ink Art publisher. I basically worked with artists to create fine art collectibles for Lucasfilms, and 20th century Fox.

Although it was a very fun job, I always felt there was something missing. Instead of waiting for something to happen I teamed up with some friends who all were all printing out of their apartments to start our own space.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
For a printmaker, there is an endless road of challenges. We are always trying to improve our craft and skill. Everyone in the shop came from a fine arts background, and because of this, we bring a unique perspective to our community.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Press Friends Machine – what should we know?
Press Friends Machine is a printmaking, art, and design studio based in Los Angeles Chinatown arts district. The studio is apart of The Print Shop LA printmaking collective founded by artists Sean Hernandez, Cait Stephens, Michelle Miller, and Dave Kloc.

The studio was born in 2015 and initially run out of the back of a wood shop in Mid-city. In the last year we have pulled our resources together and now have a three-story building in Chung King Plaza.

Our shop has an eclectic range of equipment so that we can work with artists to realize their ideal projects. We can do everything from high run screen printed posters, to risograph zines, and limited edition etchings. We also provide studio time for artists who want to learn how to print their own work.

Michelle Miller heads the studio residency program and is currently looking for artists to collaborate with!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think most printmakers are neurotic, obsessive people. Although this can be a hindrance for somethings in life, it helps me to have great attention to detail.

Along with that I truly love what I do. I don’t ever feel like I am working a job, as much as I am trying to create something new and interesting.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 502 Chung King Ct Los Angeles Ca 90012
  • Website: pressfriendsmachine.com
  • Phone: 3108665763
  • Email: pressfriendsmachine@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @press_friends

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