Double Dutch Press, the fine art printmaking studio founded in 2012 by Amanda Burk and Katherine McGuire, has announced plans to close its storefront at the end of June. Operating “straight outta Normaltown,” the studio has offered press rental, screen services and numerous workshops over the past few years. In addition to designing handmade items that have made popular gifts at craft markets, the duo has also showcased multiple series of prints in exhibitions, such as the “Athens Neighborhood” collection which will open at the Lyndon House Arts Center this upcoming Thursday.
Burk and McGuire intend to continue creating and selling art, and the sad news does at least come with a bit of positive news; Indie South Fair will officially take over the Prince Avenue space to establish a brick-and-mortar headquarters offering handmade and vintage items, consultation services and workshops. Approaching its 10th anniversary this December, Indie South has demonstrated remarkable growth, expanding into a 100-vendor biannual market with smaller-scale events held throughout the year in Athens and across the Southeast.
See the official statement below.
The time has come for Double Dutch Press to close its doors...
The time has come for Double Dutch Press to close its doors. For the last three and a half years we have had the honor of running our two woman shop in Normaltown (with the help of really amazing interns over the years). It has been a wonderful and exciting opportunity and we have poured our inky hearts and souls into creating a business that was inspired by (and we hope contributed to) the spirit of Athens. We feel so lucky that we have gotten to meet (even if just digitally) all of you over the last few years. You made our dream of running a fine art print studio come true and without you we wouldn't have gotten such inspiration to produce all of the printed goodies we've made or help you see your visions come to life in workshops. THANK YOU so, so much for all of your support!!!
Regardless of whether you are a frequent shopper with us or if you have never been in before we would really, really love to see your smiling faces in the next few weeks. Please come in (or go online) to stock up on Double Dutch printed goodies. Our products have always been limited edition and there is no better time than NOW to snatch them up! We have made products that we are proud of and want them to find good homes.
At the end of June we will be handing the keys of 1377 Prince Avenue over to an amazing new tenant: Indie South Fair! Indie South Fair will be opening its first official headquarters and will have a boutique space for handmade and vintage goods in addition to offering workshops and consulting services for the fantastic community of makers that call Athens home. Awesome, right?!?
Please spread the word to your friends to shop with us (online or in the store). And please do give each of us a follow on our personal instagrams (carol.burnit and katherinemcguire). We will each be continuing to make art, so keep an eye out. You haven't seen the last of us ladies yet!
Amanda and Katherine