Category Archives: Letterpress printing

Chicago Zine Fest Today!!!!!!

Today at Columbia College was the Chicago Zine Fest!  I hope everyone made it out.  It was amazballs and totally worth it.  For those of you who don’t know about it there is always next year.

“The Chicago Zine Fest is an independent event creating an outlet for small press and independent publishers to showcase their work. Our goal is to make DIY zine-making accessible, highlight the talents of self-published artists, and give independent artists a chance to interact, and swap skills through tabling, community events, and workshops.”

I wanted to purchase everything but I did walk away with a few amazing zines.  There was a letterpress and bookbinding demo as well.  One artist had an old postage stamp vending machine where you could receive your fortune.  You had the option to choose a insult, compliment or advice.  I chose advice and so did my roommate and this is was they said…


Our fortunes

Here are some more photos!



Guy carrying his zines around to sell


The infamous fortune teller machine


Louise Dana and I with our completed print


Work created by the MFA Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Students at Columbia College


Rar Rar Press postcards


Artist David Alvarado was at the zine fest and I purchased one of his Zines called "Wanderlust." It is super amazing and makes me smile every time I look at it. He has a cartoon/comic drawing style. Check out him out on his blog.

Tagged , , , , ,

Teaching Undergraduate Letterpress

This semester was my first time teaching undergraduate students!  Since I can remember this has be one of my top professional goals!  It is soooo satisfying to see my goals come to life.  It was also as satisfying as I thought it would be to teach the undergraduate intro letterpress class.  I have had such a wonderful time with my students and as they were learning from me all semester little do they know I was learning from them. I hope there is a lot more of me teaching in the near future!! I loveeee being able to share the art I love sooo much to people in the world!

So another colleague and I put together a display case of all six undergraduate classes from the Center of Book and Paper at Columbia College.  We off three different classes for undergraduates: 2 Intro to Letterpress, 2 Bookbinding, & 2 Papermaking.  If you are in the Chicago area come down to 1104 S. Wabash and on the 2nd floor you will find the display cases or check these pics out!


End of semester Craziness!

OK Hello everyone!  Sorry it took me so long to fill you in with Dafi’s visit and Wayzgoose.  The end of the semester is here and I am trying to wrap up all my final projects.

First, Dafi’s workshop.  It was wonderful to work with someone who has a design background and not print background.  It definitely gave me a different perspective to printing which will hopefully enhance my work.  I am officially able to operate the laser cutter which is super exciting.  I want to go laser cut crazy!  Check out some of the pics from the workshop.

Second, Wayzgooseeee!  This was a wonderful getaway from the city.  Two Rivers, Wisconsin is a wonderful and welcoming town to all of us. With lots of wood type and letterpress lovers!  Hamilton Museum  It was a weekend full of printing, calligraphy demos, letter design, and panel talks.  Check out these pics as well.  If you ever have a chance to go to Hamilton you must go to the ice cream shop where the first ice cream sundae was created!  There are wonderful antique shops in the next town as well!!

 My design being cut out of wood on the laser   cutter

 The wood cut from the laser cutter on the bed of the press all inked up and ready to be printed


 Hamilton Museum and Lots of beautiful wood type!

 Matthew Carter giving his panel discussion

Surprise Visit from Amos Kennedy!!!

Yesterday morning I walked into  the studio as I do almost everyday but this time I walk into shaking Amos Kennedy’s hand!  I was not expecting that in a million years!  Amos Kennedy is a well known letterpress printer from Alabama.  Check out his work!  Here are some pics!!

Tagged , , , ,