David Lynch had this to say of his experiences at the studio...
(Idem) is an important venue for leading international artists to bring their inspiration and creativity to the world of lithography. In this large 15,000 square foot studio with its gleaming glass roof, visiting artists work collaboratively with master printers in the production of unique print editions. Drawing on their long years of experience, these master printers guide the artist through the entire printing process, suggesting innovative and experimental techniques, and offering an exceptional stock of lithographic stones. Work printed at Idem may be found in museums, international exhibitions and in public and private collections.
Not only are the images and workings of the lithograph machine fantastic to watch, but I find myself fascinated by the sounds in this short as well. Call me crazy, but I like listening to this short as much as I find the images fascinating to watch.
Hervé Chandès from the Fondation Cartier brought me over to Idem and introduced me to Patrice Forest. I see this incredible place, and I get the opportunity to work there. And this was like a dream! It just opened up this brand-new world of the lithography and the magic of lithography, the magic of the stones. And it was a great, great thing! This thing of lithography, this channel of lithography opened up and a bunch of ideas came flowing out and it led to about a hundred lithographs. I will say that Idem printing studio has a unique, very special mood, and it is so conducive to creating. Patrice has the greatest attitude for all the artists and he creates this space of freedom and this joy of creating. It's so beautiful! And I think the place is very important--in other words, the same stone could be moved to another place, and I think that the work that comes out would be different. It's a combination of the stone, the place, the people, this mood, and out comes these certain ideas.