Chris Abbey

I’m Chris, I’m a creative thinker and designer who calls Chicago home. Branding, publication design, illustration, photography, you name it I can do it!

Website:

www.chris-abbey.com/

Jason Abrams

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

@jabrumz on IG

Jennifer Ackerman

Postscript Paper

PostScript Paper is a Chicago-based stationery boutique specializing in letterpress wedding suites. We started PostScript Paper with the goal of creating an intimate experience when it comes to announcing one of the most important events in your life — we know your special day should be as special and unique as you are!

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.postscriptpaper.com/

David Alvarado

David Alvarado

David Alvarado is an illustrator and cartoonist. Growing up in the Chicago land suburbs he was always drawn to cartoon imiagry, chicago imagists and hand painted signs. After gradutating from Columbia College Chicago he has worked for various outlets including print and digital media including cover art, editorial illustration, packaging design and comics.

Website:

hello-david.com/

Heather K. Anderson

Littlehahas, HKAnders, ThisNewForest

As, Lookingglass Theatre’s first graphic designer, Heather worked on promotions from concept to finish and became a design resource for the company. Currently she runs her own studio This New Forest, works on illustrations through Little Hahas (commissioned illustrations, cards and wrapping papers) and produces art, HKAnders.com. Her personal work focuses the fleeting reality of life and explores natural elements . She is on the working board at the Chicago Design Museum, where she actively volunteers as an Event Director. She also prints, makes and creates at Spudnik Press.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

littlehahas.com/ thisnewforest.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Pocket Movies: Make Your Own Flipbooks
Screenprinting for Tree Huggers

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Alexandra Antoine

My current work focuses on portraiture and the visual representation of languages of the African diaspora. My linear color layout signifies my tracing of ancestry and heritage and I use text in Creole to showcase my native tongue, drawing from stylistic representations found around the city of Port-Au-Prince and Leogane, Haiti, specifically on “tap-tap” buses. I combine reconfigured Mud Cloth and Vévé symbols from Mali and Haiti respectively that are representative of my subjects personality and life experiences.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

www.alexandraantoine.com/

Brandy Barker

Brandy is a project manager, brand specialist, and marketing coordinator based in the Greater Atlanta, Georgia area. Brandy lives with her poodle pup, loves screenprinting and letterpress, and created an art residency program where artists make art on airplanes (Air Air).

Brandy is an enthusiastic supporter, approaching your business, your ideas, and your brand with 10 years of marketing, branding, and project management experience. In addition, she has a passion for organizing and building systems, travel and planning, and helping others recognize and reach their goals.

Website:

www.brandybarker.com/

A.J. Barks

A.J. Barks is the founder of Hippocamp Studio.

Hippocamp Studio produces original designs for print and includes the feminist print project Hippocamp Cards.

Hippocamp Cards was created to provide more authentic, more generous, less normative ways of sharing our lives with one another – of celebrating, supporting, and challenging each other. Established in 2012, it is an ongoing experiment in openness by means of ink on paper.

Hippocamp Studio is a larger effort to build collaborations with fellow designers and artists. It is also a place for freelance projects with friends and like-minded organizations and business.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.hippocampstudio.com/

Lea Basile-Lazarus

Lea Basile Lazarus received her BA in Art Education from The College of New Jersey and her MFA, with a concentration in Printmaking, from the School if the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been teaching art for 20 year, currently at Beacon Academy, a Montessori High School in Evanston. Lea is a working artist making contemporary prints, paper pulp collages, and sculptures. She exhibits her work in the Chicagoland Area. Over the past couple of years, Lea has had one person shows at the Center of Halsted, Chicago, Lill Street Art Center, Chicago, and Curt’s Café in Evanston. Lea happily owns and operates a Conrad Printing Press.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.leablazarus.com/

Molly Berkson

Fellow

Molly Berkson is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in paper, print, book, and fiber crafts. She has a fondness for the subcultures and subcultural practices that employ amateur and anti-authoritarian ideologies, and an appreciation for craft in all its forms–in its distinct and intermingling boundaries. In her practice, she patchworks together these specific aesthetic practices and do-it-yourself methods.

Berkson lives in Chicago and is a teaching artist with After School Matters and ElevArte Community Studio. She recently exhibited work at After School Special in Milwaukee WI, Femme4Femme in Chicago as part of 2nd Floor Rear, and at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, where she was a studio intern in 2016. Berkson graduated with her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.mollyberkson.com/

Project Statement:

While working at the Women’s Studio Workshop last year, I learned about processing plants for papermaking and using different print processes on handmade paper. I collected plants from the roadside, made them into pulp and played with couching different fibers on top of each other. I then experimented with woodcut, letterpress and silkscreen on top of crispy, smooth, or soft fibers.

At the same time, I began sewing my first quilt. By working in these methods simultaneously I felt the ways that these distinct skills are connected. Couching shaped sheets was like piecing quilt squares, building compositions from variations in texture and color of plant material. A woodcut printed on the surface was the top stitch connecting the pieces together.

Like quilting, these paper works used a type of waste material: ruderal plants and weeds were like the plant world versions of collections of unused textile scraps in the quilter’s studio. Fundamental to my work is an understanding that fiber craft and print media facilitate exchange, tell stories, and can occupy categorizations of both expert and amateur distinctions. Making quilt-like paper works at the Women’s Studio Workshop began to touch on these ideas.

At Spudnik, I want to push these quilt-paper pieces further. I envision this project developing over three parts: 1. Experiment with the handmade paper I already made, building up layers of prints, collaging techniques together, and developing concept. 2. Using this first step as research to make a new batch of ruderal plant quilt-paper, and then 3. Editioning prints.

Emma Bilyeu

Fellow

Emma Bilyeu is a visual artist working out of her basement studio in Humboldt Park, Chicago. As a student of printmaking and book arts she likes to incorporate paper, letter shapes, book forms, and multiples into her work. With this she is able to explore ideas of communication and storytelling. When not in the studio, Emma is cuddling her dog, reading dystopian or self-help literature, or painting edges of business cards at Rohner Letterpress.

Website:

www.emmabilyeu.com

Project Statement:

During the course of this Fellowship I would like to create a new artist book edition with supporting printed elements to create a well-rounded body of work ready for exhibition.

With access to Spudnik facilities, I will implement multiple printing methods for the completion of this project. The bulk of the case-bound book will consist of copperplate intaglio prints that include screen printed and letterpress elements. I hope to experiment with translucency though the use of transparent and/or clear substrates, building layered imagery.

I would like to use this book and supporting, framed visual elements as a vehicle to explore ideas of communication, more specifically communication between myself and those I love. With text-like elements in a book-like format I plan to address the benefits of transparency in dialogue all the while finding comfort in a hidden fog of silence or ambiguity.

Jenna Blazevich

Vichcraft Design Studio

Chicago-based product & branding designer, calligraphy instructor, and feminist artist.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design

Website:

www.vichcraft.com

Andie Bowers-Smith

By day Andie is an Advertising Art Director specializing in social and digital media. But in her free time she focuses on her love for print. She has a passion for letterpress, screen printing and hand lettering which she utilizes to create custom invitations for her clients.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design

Website:

andiebowers.com/

Neil Brideau

Radiator Comics

Neil has been making all-ages minicomics since 2007! Radiator Comics is Neil’s distro, with which he represents and promotes over 50 self-publishing comics artists from across the country (Radiator’s office is at Spudnik)! Neil co-founded the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), which he still helps run. He worked at Quimby’s Bookstore for six years, and was an organizer for the Chicago Zine Fest for its first three years.

 

Website:

radiatorcomics.com

Jennifer Burak

Zerobird Studio

Zerobird is a screen printing and design studio located in the historic Feather Loft building in Chicago’s West Town Industrial Corridor. Run by the husband and wife team of Jennifer Burak and Dan Spielman. We make extremely efficient use of the 18’ x 18’ space where we do all our designing, file prep, screen exposure, printing, sewing and packaging. All prints ( paper, tshirt and fabric ) are hand pulled using water based inks and soy based solvents. Our equipment is mostly handmade using salvaged materials – the tables were even built from torn down walls in our old studio. We also enjoy embracing traditional printing methods whenever possible, including Rubylithe transfers.

Jennifer grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and was trained as a Graphic Designer before traveling to San Francisco, Germany, and Minneapolis to pursue a career in advertising as an Art Director. She finally settled in downtown Chicago in 2006, began biking, riding the el, falling in love with the city and spending way too much time tied to the computer. What started as a weekend lesson with Steve Walters at Screwball Press in 2008 purely for fun, quickly became setting up a make shift studio in the corner of her apartment and creating a brand to participate in the Renegade Craft Fairs. Jennifer then began selling prints and handmade pillows in stores around Chicago, spending any free moments printing and sewing. In 2011, she left full time advertising work to focus on Zerobird. She also began teaching screen printing classes to 4th-8th graders on the north side of Chicago, exposing them to the craft for the first time. Jennifer still freelances as an Art Director.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.zerobirdstudio.com/

Jennifer Cronin

Sometimes starkly real, and other times other-worldly, Jennifer Cronin’s style of captivating realism pulls the viewer into the world of her artwork. From exploring inner psychology to highlighting income inequality, Cronin is constantly working to explore what it means to be human. This past summer, Cronin embarked on a trip the remote Native Alaskan village of Newtok, where she documented the effects of climate change. She is currently in the process of developing a new series of work about this trip and our changing planet.

Website:

www.jennifercronin.com

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Genevieve DeVille

Genevieve DeVille is a multi-disciplinary artist, designer, and craftsperson from Atlanta, GA. Her work consists of various media including photography, illustration, printmaking, textiles, wood-working, and ceramic sculpture. This cross-disciplinary approach informs her practice and shapes her buoyant style.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

genevievedeville.wixsite.com/genevievedeville

Andrew Doak

Whether it’s arranging a still life, himself before the camera, or perhaps they’re one in the same, Doak exploits photography’s ability to simultaneously create truth and call it into question. He uses lush color, rich textures, meticulously unarranged arrangements—even the fundamentals of light and dark—to inform photographs that are copied, recopied, deconstructed then reconstructed. While his subject matter may be ordinary, the inscenation is anything but. In this floating world of appearances, the work unites the tension between truth, fantasy, and authenticity.

Website:

www.doakdoak.com

Kristen Dobbins

Outside The Palette

The Earth Without Art is Just ‘Eh’
Outside the Palette combines the use of fine art skills and graphic design to be a unique creative service offering hand-pulled screen prints, block prints, and graphic design services.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

outsidethepalette.com/

Aino Dotor

Aino Dotor searches the universal immanences in her work, which Jung called archetypes, that manifest themselves through symbols.In this exploration all artificial things, such as frontiers, objects, even social artifacts, become diluted.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

ainodotor.blogspot.com/