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New State, New Home, New Job, & New Adventures!!

It has been far too long since the last time I wrote a post. The past couple months have been a little hectic! I am very honored to be the 8th Victor Hammer Fellow at the Book Arts Center at Wells College in Aurora, NY. A few weeks ago I said goodbye to Chicago. I packed my bags, my car, and my art to start a new adventure in New York State. It was a great little road trip. My mother and nephews did the drive with me and we made a pit stop at Niagara Falls and Western New York Book Arts Center in Buffalo.

Fast forward to this week. I am quickly adjusting to the slow pace lifestyle and the nature I am surrounded by. Lake Cayuga and all the towns surrounded are absolutely beautiful. Around every corner there are waterfalls, farms, produce stands, vineyards, hills, woods, wildlife, and much more (well kind of). Haha

This semester I am teaching bookbinding. I am excited to be back in the studio and hopefully start producing new work.

Here is a little information about Victor Hammer. I pulled the text from the Wells Book Arts Website.

“Victor Hammer, an Austrian fleeing the Nazi regime, arrived at Wells in 1939 to teach painting, but it did not take long for him to start teaching printing. An accomplished painter, calligrapher, type designer and printer, Hammer used his many talents to produce enduring works of beauty and intelligence.”

“Victor Hammer, an internationally renowned figure in 20th-century graphic arts, founded the Wells College Press in 1941. His respected position among the leading typographers, printers, and artists of his time is due not only to his publications, drawings, and paintings, but to the type he designed, cut, and cast. During the years Hammer taught at Wells College, students entered the world of publishing under his tutelage. The Long Library Archive has copies of many publications Hammer created in the 1940s, as well as copies of his students’ works. Victor Hammer operated the Wells College Press until his retirement in 1948.”

“Hammer created his most well-known and beautiful typeface while at Wells, the famous American Uncial. Designed in the early 1940’s, the type embodied thirty years of scholarly research and technical practice. Hammer’s uncial was not (and was not meant to be) a true copy of historic forms, but instead a dynamic hybrid of roman and blackletter, suited to the requirements of modern literature.”

Here are some pictures of the Book Arts Center

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Students at work…

This was my last week of teaching intro to letterpress at Spudnik Press. I loved teaching in an art community environment. It is very different from teaching at a college. It definitely took a little time to adjust and realize there are no grades. These artists are here because they want to learn. What a fabulous experience. I can’t wait to teach my other classes in the near future! The next session of classes will begin January 11th. If you are interested in learning how to letterpress print you should enroll into my class there is still space. If you already know how to print but want to learn the process of polymer plate making then you can take my class in March. If you have any interest or questions please feel free to contact me or Spudnik Press. Here are some pictures of my last class hard at work. Thank you Angelika Piwowarcyk for taking beautiful pictures during class.

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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