A.J. Barks

A.J. Barks is the founder and designer of Hippocamp Cards, a line of original print projects. Her work is the unanticipated outcome of caring about (and studying and practicing) gender and communication, and of being unable to find authentic cards free from images and messages of what life should look like. The ongoing experiment of Hippocamp Cards is to see what more can be done with inked and folded paper to create opportunities for openness and generosity.

Website:

hippocampcards.com

Aaron Maurer

Aaron Maurer Design

Aaron specializes in brand identity, illustration and layout and has worked across several areas of the design field including marketing, events, packaging, retail, publishing and the non-profit sector. After graduating from the University of Cincinnati in 2006, he spent two years working in Geneva, Switzerland, as a designer for a human rights advocacy NGO. A passion for using his skills to serve others informs his life and work, and he enjoys projects that give back to society. An avid fan of music and film, he can often be found at indie rock shows, summer festivals or movie theatres around town. He also enjoys running, reading and pub trivia in his spare time.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Illustration

Website:

www.aaronmaurer.com

Aaron Walker

I am an artist, self-publisher, and organizer whose projects often germinate from an active interest in localized, independent artist-run communities and the systems of support formed within.

I co-author projects that involve and highlight individuals whose work is often taken for granted, done behind the scenes, or in support of others. This has included collaborations with social service providers, session musicians, street paper vendors and line cooks.

Website:

www.smallcraftadvisories.org/

Andrea Kaspryk

I paint, draw and print, mostly relief. Most of my work is narrative and symbolic. I have studied and taken classes at the Drawing Workshop, The School of the Art Institute, Lill Street Arts, Evil Prints bootcamp.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking commissions

Website:

andreakaspryk.com/home.html

Bobby Sims

Culdesac Press

Culdesac Press is a small studio based in Chicago, IL started by Bobby Sims to produce silk screen and risograph comics, posters and prints for friends, family and the masses of the midwest.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Illustration

Website:

culdesac-press.com

Brian Eaton

Brian Eaton is an Art Director, Designer and Illustrator striving to blend traditional techniques with the communication power of the Internet. Full time he works with global brands developing mass-market communications, but in his free time he dives deep in his own curiosities leading him down a rabbit hole of forgotten crafts and seldom seen aesthetics.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Illustration

Website:

btecreative.com/

Don Widmer

Don Widmer is a book and paper artist who uses hand papermaking, relief printing, and bookbinding (separately or in combination) to create unique works of art. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Arts program, Don launched his paper arts business, Lion of Bali, which exhibits at numerous arts and craft fairs throughout the Midwest. Much of his work is inspired by travel and his background in ethnomusicology. Don primarily uses a technique called pulp painting to create his handmade paper artworks, particularly his images of urban architecture. He has had several residencies at Morgan Conservatory of Papermaking in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Don has recently set up his papermaking studio in Skokie, Illinois.

 

 

Website:

dwidmer.com

Classes by this Artist:

Papermaking

Dutes Miller

Website:

www.westernexhibitions.com/miller/index.html

Residency Period:

Sep 2008–Nov 2008

Project Statement:

Dutes Miller and Stan Shellabarger’s first collaborative show occurred at Western Exhibitions in the Spring of 2007 and was reviewed in TimeOut Chicago and the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago-based couple has been creating collaborative works since they starting dating years ago, this work creates a distinct body of work separate from their individual studio practices. Miller’s personal work is often paintings or collages with themes of hardcore gay, hyper masculine, body-centric images, rather than focusing on partnerships and domestic.