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 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/

Allie Hasson

Hi, I’m Allie. I’m a custom invitation and decor designer in Chicago. I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountain region of Virginia, where I dream of someday building a tiny A-frame cabin. My time working at Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum and a few enduring pen pal relationships led me to become obsessive about creating beautiful objects of communication, fine art and epistolary.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.alliehasson.com/

Amanda Flagg

Elly Blaise

Fashion Designer/screenprinter who wants to bring elegance to everyday apparel.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

www.facebook.com/ellyblaise30

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

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

Angela Scalisi

Angela earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and her Master of Arts in Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Much of her artwork is influenced by her medical condition, diabetes, and by her work in the health care industry as a care partner for people with Alzheier’s, dementia, cancer, and other illnesses. She co-founded Eidolon Art Studio in 2005, an artist collective in Rogers Park that provided workspace for six local artists, as well as a community darkroom, potter’s wheel, kiln firing services, and a variety of classes taught by resident artists. In 2009, Angela joined the board of directors of Mookie Jam Foundation, a Chicago-based non-profit that offers assistance to artists with multiple sclerosis. She organized with Pilsen Open Studios from 2008 until 2012. Angela’s artwork has been exhibited in Boston, Chicago and New York.

Website:

www.angelascalisi.com/

April Sheridan

April Sheridan is a letterpress printer who is particularly interested in the artistic and experimental possibilities of the broadside and its historic place in American culture. For ten years she ran the letterpress printing, papermaking, and bookbinding studios at the Center for Book and Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. As an advocate for book arts education she has spoken at Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum Wayzgoose/Educators Conference,Letterpress: Forward Thinking Conference at St. Bride Library in London, and at the &Now Conference at CalArts. She currently serves on the boards of the American Printing History Association, Inland Chapter and the WasteShed and was previously assistant director of the Chicago Printers Guild.

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Sep 2016)
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (March 2017)
Printing for Poets: Chapbooks & Movable Type (August 2017)
Working with Woodtype

Betsy Stout

Betsy Stout is a perfectly efficient donut-consuming machine from rural Indiana who inevitably gravitated to the nearest confection hub: Chicago. When not working as a freelance graphic designer to generate the resources required to slake her pastry lust, she cooks up prints, drawings, sculptures, and cakes. Stout works primarily in silkscreen and frosting, employing pastel colors and hyper-effeminate imagery to challenge the status of ‘girly’ aesthetics. She claims to leave a trail of fluff and crumbs to lure viewers into addressing meatier concepts, but really just forgot a napkin.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

www.betsystout.com/

Project Statement:

I'd like to continue a project that has been in progress since late 2014, a series of large scale combination drawing/silkscreen works featuring self-identified effeminate males in the American Midwest. This project was launched with help from the Southern Graphics Council Undergraduate Fellowship in 2014, and so far I have been able to create and exhibit 4 portraits. Two more are in progress since the exhibition in April 2016. The current portraits and those in progress are slated to be exhibited at Butler University in the Spring 2017 semester. The current works incorporate screen print, drawing, and sculptural acrylic ‘frosting’ to explore the physicality, fashion, sexualities, and performative expressions of these individuals who have found a way to express their alternative gender identities with pride in the fairly restrictive social environment of the midwest. This project currently focuses on individuals who identify as masculine-of-center, but who feel some pull towards femininity. So far this has included cissexual men, transmasculine and nonbinary individuals, and women who have identified primarily with a masculine presence. I work with pastel colors and hyper-effeminate imagery to challenge the status of ‘girly’ aesthetics in the hierarchy of taste, using languages of fluff and delicacy to address more complex meanings. The portraits celebrate bravery in identity but also frivolity, hinting at a post-queer world where gender identity is an aesthetic choice and no longer a political action.

Bob Fields

My work is a reflection of the times we live in. Art making/viewing is about being imaginative and open, making connections, and exploring new ideas. It can also be about making a difference in the world. Working with minimal, geometric forms, the message is more often in the title. Process, materials and surface are important. As a sculptor and printmaker… one discipline informs the other through drawing. I find inspiration in the work of: Carl Andre, Phyllida Barlow, Mark Bradford, Thornton Dial, Ellsworth Kelly, Julie Mehretu, Richard Serra, Cy Twombly and Rachel Whiteread.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

robertfieldsartist.com