Construction Equipment Makes Art in Innisfil

INNISFIL, ON (September 22, 2021) Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, PRNT Collective, and Georgian College are thrilled to take part in a ‘Steamroller’ Printing event on Saturday, September 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of MakerFest ’21.

Printed under the drum of a 900 pound lawn roller in the parking lot of Innisfil ideaLAB & Library’s Cookstown Branch (20 Church Street), community members are invited to watch the spectacle as this huge machine rolls over carefully carved woodblocks and create large-scale prints.

How does it work? Skilled artists and printmakers have carved unique designs as a relief on a 40 x 60 inch pieces plywood. The wood plates will be inked and paper will be laid on top ready for a gas powered lawn roller to drive over them – transferring the images onto the paper transforming the machine into a working, moving printing press. 

“The idea is to engage the community and share the incredible work that artists do here in Innisfil” said Tim Laurin, Founding Member of PRNT Collective. ideaLAB & Library Deputy CEO, Susan Baues, adds that “being able to offer a space for an event like this provides a platform for local artists to connect with each other and share their creations with the rest of the community.”

A curated selection of prints will be displayed at Innisfil Town Hall and at the Library. The exhibition will feature massive floor-to-ceiling prints and some of the original woodblocks. The Steamroller Print exhibit will remain on display through November 1st.

The Innisfil ideaLAB & Library will be holding our 7th annual MakerFest ‘21, virtually on Facebook @InnisfilideaLABLibrary with both makers and staff showcasing their skills through pre-recorded video and Facebook live events.  For the full schedule visit:

This project was sponsored by Tourism Simcoe County and made by possible through a partnership with the PRNT Collective, Innisfil ideaLAB & Library, Georgian College and the Town of Innisfil. The printmaking demonstration will go ahead rain or shine, spectators are encouraged to dress for the weather. Registration is not required, however COVID-19 safety protocols are in effect including physical distancing, masking requirements and capacity limits.

About MakerFest
MakerFest is a community show-and-tell event to highlight local talent and provide community connections. We bring together educators, entrepreneurs, artists and engineers as they unveil their latest creations and help our viewers learn a new skill in under 10 minutes. How-to in 10 is intended to make learning new and interesting skills fun, easy, free, and convenient! This event hopes to inspire the next generations of creative makers by providing them with a wide array of possible avenues to explore and discover a new skill, interest or activity.

About PRNT Collective
PRNT Collective is a not-for-profit artist collective located in the City of Barrie and is dedicated to fostering the printmaking arts. The members focus on both traditional and contemporary practices such as; letterpress, relief, intaglio, lithography and screen printing. PRNT strives to build audiences and interest in printmaking by engaging the broader creative community with workshops, programs, and exhibitions. PRNT is located at 1-25 Hart Drive, Barrie, Ontario. For more visit: