Keynote Speaker: artist, writer and photographer Susan E. King. Formerly a potter and sculptor, her work took a radical turn after she moved to Los Angeles to be part of the Feminist Studio Workshop and the Women’s Graphic Center. She began printing books in 1975. She founded Paradise Press, a letterpress print shop. She became the studio director at the Women’s Graphic Center, where she helped others design and print books, posters and postcards. Her artist bookwork is widely collected by libraries and museums, such as the Getty Center Research Library, Los Angeles, the Victoria and Albert Museum Library, London, and the Museum of Modern Art Library, New York City. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky.
Arie Koelewyn is a hobby printer whose The Paper Airplane Press has been in existence for 41 years. His printing work is mostly ephemeral material for one or more of the hobby printing groups, plus the occasional poetry broadside or other interesting sidetrack. Exploring the fringes of letterpress, such as printing with unusual materials or techniques, is a strong interest. Arie teaches letterpress part-time at Michigan State University and at letterpress conferences.
Kseniya Thomas is the owner of Thomas-Printers, a commercial letterpress (and 100% platen) print shop, and is the director of Ladies of Letterpress. She received her training as an intern at the print shop of the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, Germany.
Angie and Michelle Dreher are a sister team who have been running Two Tone Press, a letterpress printshop in Kansas City, Missouri, since 2005. Their passion lies in creating bold, colorful work using Vandercook presses. Michelle, a graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, has the art background and specializes in hand carved illustrations while Angie holds the place together with her business background. Together they craft designs for everything from wedding invitations to business cards to poster prints. Their latest endeavor has been to create Print League KC, a community printshop, in a effort to make printmaking more accessible to people of all levels.
Megan Singleton is a practicing artist and educator located in St. Louis, Missouri. Her ecology-based work crisscrosses the boundaries of contemporary craft, combining sculpture, hand papermaking, installation, and digital applications. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Louisiana State University and BFA in Photography from Webster University. She actively exhibits nationally and internationally, her work can be found in the collections of the Louisiana Art and Science Museum, the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, as well as numerous private and corporate collections. She holds an adjunct position at Saint Louis University, teaching Fiber Arts. Megan also serves on the board of directors for the hand papermaking organization The Friends of Dard Hunter, as V.P of Membership and Development. She was the recipient of a $20,000 Artist Fellowship from the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and in 2016 was the recipient of the Smelser Vallion Visiting Artist Fellowship in Taos, MN. In 2017 Singleton was selected as a Kingsbrea International Artist in Residence in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. In 2017 she was also commissioned to create site-specific mural projects at the Granoff Center at Brown University for the T2 Art initiative at Lambert International Airport in Saint Louis.
Catalina Rojas studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and afterwards returned to her roots in Chile where she continued her studies and completed her BA in Design. While searching for inspiration for her thesis, she was given the opportunity to work for the Glimmerglass Opera in upstate New York. During this time, she was also volunteering at the New York State Historical Association where she was offered a scholarship to Cornell University for book binding and preservation. While at Cornell, she learned the art of book preservation, gained understanding of the structure and engineering of paper and became a avid box maker. She then began working on book restoration for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Academy of Medicine, and volunteered at the Center for Book Arts. Catalina found her niche in graphic design. While working at an advertising agency in Manhattan, she took a course in Parson’s university where she learned about typography and was inspired by her teacher that was a font designer and very involved in letterpress. Ultimately, she founded Puro Papel which is now dedicated to branding and packaging design, utilizing old and new techniques.
Graham Judd trained as a letterpress machinist in a rural town in New Zealand in the late 1960s. He retrained on offset as letterpress was phased out, later moving to Auckland to finally set up a small commercial print shop with offset and digital presses. In the 1990s, Graham got a hankering for his letterpress roots, eventually purchasing a Heidelberg platen. Since then, he has kept himself busy with letterpress printing at GTO Printers and making frequent trips to USA on letterpress adventures. Graham is passionate about letterpress and enjoys sharing his knowledge with others.
Margot Ecke is the owner of Smokey Road Press, a letterpress and bookbinding studio in Decatur, GA. She received her M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and her B.F.A. from Cornell University. She has a Professional Printing Certificate from the Tamarind Institute and a Certificate in Bookbinding from the North Bennett Street School in Boston. Margot has worked as a book conservator at the Carolina Rediviva Library in Uppsala, Sweden and was the Victor Hammer Fellow in the Book Arts at Wells College in Aurora, New York from 2004-2006. She is currently a professor at the Savannah College of Art in Atlanta