Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, with a focus on designing & printing everything from business cards to posters, as well as custom commissions, wholesale ephemera and limited edition prints & books. All work in the studio is created with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized in books, magazines and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe.Work can be viewed at www.starshaped.com.
Amy Redmond is a visual artist using letterpress printing to explore language and image through letterforms. She composes her work using metal and wood typefaces, attimes incorporating linoleum carving, pressure printing, collagraphs, and monotype processes. Regardless of materials, her process relies on the heft and texture of 3-dimensional objects to inspire new ideas and direction on press.
Amy holds a BFA from James Madison University (Virginia) and prints in her private studio, Amada Press. She works as a visual designer for clients affecting positive change in communities and teaches letterpress printing at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts. She is a member of Seattle Print Arts, Artist Trust, the Book Arts Guild, and Amalgamated Printers Association (No. 937).
Kyle Durrie is the proprietor of Power and Light Press, a ship-shape print shop run by women with clean hands and filthy mouths. After starting the business in 2009, she decided to take her work on the road. She built an efficient printshop into the back of an old delivery truck and spent most of 2011-2013 traveling around the country, spreading the good word about printing the old fashioned way. Kyle had just set out on the road again in late February 2020 and made it about 900 miles into Texas before the world changed due to COVID-19 and she had to turn around and head back home. She had secretly hoped she could bring the truck to Print Week 2020 in person…
Central Print’s Executive Director, Marie Oberkirsch is a maker, collector, and teacher holding a BFA from the University of Kansas in Textile Design and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber. Her understanding of pattern, printing, and weaving combined with her passion for artifacts led her to the art of letterpress printmaking. With an extensive background in non-profit arts and event management, Marie is committed to preserving and promoting letterpress printmaking through education, public programs, and letterpress restoration.
Kathryn Hunter began Blackbird Letterpress in 2003 in Lafayette, Louisiana, after she bought a Chandler & Price 8×12 letterpress. Blackbird uses a C&P 8×12, Vandercook SP15, C&P 10×15, and two Heidelberg Windmills to make a wide variety of cards, prints, and letterpress objects that are sold in shops worldwide.
Kathryn was trained as a printmaker and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking from Montana State University, Bozeman, and a Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. She continues to make fine art when she’s not busy keeping up with Blackbird, designing, printing, and performing other operational tasks. See her fine art work at kathrynhunterfineart.com.
Sage Perrott, aka Haypeep, is a printmaker and educator originally from West Virginia. Her artwork features grumpy, lumpy, ghost-like creatures situated in cramped, often humorous circumstances. Perrott’s preferred process is screenprinting. She has degrees in printmaking from West Virginia University (BFA) and from Ohio University (MFA). Currently, Perrott is an Assistant Professor of Art at East Tennessee State University. Her prints, drawings, and zines have found their way into the hands of folks all over the United States and the world.
Arie Koelewyn has been printing since 1976. His small basement shop contains a Old Series 8×12 Chandler and Price, a paper cutter, a perforator, a handpress, and about 100 cases of type. Trying to figure out how to get around a small space and a very limited budget has led to a string of letterpress experiments with unusual techniques and materials as well as improvised type, tools, and equipment.
When conditions allow, Arie teaches letterpress at Michigan State University and conducts handpress demonstrations at the MSU Libraries Special Collections. He has taught at numerous Ladies of Letterpress and APA Conferences.