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Cristina Muller-Karger Collection

Passive and active sides of Cristina's all-ebony Mini Halfwood press.

Mini Halfwood Press Number 48

Specifications: Made in 2009. Etching Press. SN 60048. Specifications: Rollers are 1.5 x 5.75 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17 inches in polycarbonate (the standard); overall length is 17.5 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, 12 lbs.; drive wheel is 8 inches diameter in stainless steel. Made in solid ebony with purple heart accents, and lacquered wood. Included printmaker accessory box, felt blankets and User Manual.

Artist's Comment: Cristina contacted me in 2008 and again in 2009, with her dream of owning a Mini Halfwood. Only one was available - a special one I had been working on for over two years, made of ebony. Very rare and expensive, ebony is also very hard to work. Cristina's decision to buy it gave me the impetus I needed, and the result is a crowning achievement for me, a fitting end to my 2004-2009 press-making venture. Click here to learn more about Cristina Muller and her art until 2011. Then, she re-contacted me in 2020 after a long silence, and connected me with one of her current projects called Utopía [portátil].

Cristina assembling her press, 2009.

Click here to see the press tested in Seattle:

utopía [portátil]

Christina with people in the Utopía [portátil] project and her press at Little Haiti Book Fair, Miami.

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