Jennifer Ackerman

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/

Vidisha Aggarwal

Fellow

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

vidishaaggarwal.com

Project Statement:

I would like to use my time at the Spudnik Press Cooperative to reflect upon and bring to fruition the many ideas that I experimented with throughout my school career to create a polished body of works that I can eloquently talk about, exhibit and share with the world.

My practice thus far has included creating experiential, interactive installations at a human scale that transform and manipulate the space around them through participation and interaction. An exploration that started with the intention to challenge the traditional roles of artists and viewers has now transcended into exploring more nuanced and personal topics of belonging, authorship, and agency that we as occupants have within the spaces that surround us. While I was previously drawn to the simplicity that my dyed and printed fabric constructions processed within the myriad of colors, textures and opacities employed, they lack a more concise language of mark making and representational content that could drive the work further. I would like to use silkscreen printing, as an extension of the drawing process, to translate images onto the fabrics that I have previously dyed and heat-pressed to combine the drawing, painting, and printing skills I have learned over the years with the surface that I have come to enjoy the most.

David Alvarado

David Alvarado

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

Find David on instagram at: @tuffasaurus 

Buy his work here: http://hellodavid.storenvy.com/

Services Offered:

  • Illustration

Website:

hello-david.com/

Gwyneth Zeleny Anderson

Gwyneth is a depressed animist, descended from European invaders and immigrants, based in Chicago and Baltimore. She makes time for the animation, absurdity, patterns, and paradox of humans and not-humans, often focusing on sensations and systems that are invisible to us due to their immateriality, proximity, or assumed normalcy. She’s presented work in galleries, festivals, forests, and empty lots throughout the Northern Hemisphere, including with Roots & Culture, Roman Susan, Woman Made Gallery, Hyde Park Art Center, and 6018 NORTH in Chicago; the Freies Museum in Berlin; and @ptt in Geneva. As an artist in residence, she’s gestated at the Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), FRISE (Germany), Harold Arts (Ohio), Arteles Creative Center (Finland), and Utopiana (Switzerland). She teaches teenagers at the Lutz Center for After School Matters, and has taught in many other institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artist Residency, and Johns Hopkins University’s Baltimore Youth Film Arts. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received her certificate from the Center for Deep Listening in 2018. She thinks artist bios and CVs are deceptive in nature.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

gwynethvzanderson.com/home.html

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/

Atlan Arceo-Witzl

Fellow

Atlan Arceo-Witzl is a Mexican-American visual artist and creator whose work is concerned with everyday rituals, icons, symbols, objects, and language. He is a recent graduate of Skidmore College with a BS in Studio Art, concentrating in relief printmaking, sculpture and drawing. He lives outside of Chicago in Oak Park, IL pursuing a career in the arts and enjoying the fascinating human game of communication.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

atlan-arceowitzl.squarespace.com/

Project Statement:

While studying printmaking in my undergraduate program at Skidmore College, I found an interest in ritualistic repetition of form, communication through symbols, and collaboration between mediums. My heritage has played an important role in influencing the imagery of my work, drawing from Mesoamerican culture through to kitschy American print ephemera. There is a peculiar duality between things concrete and disposable, ancient and contemporary.

The visual effect of a print changes depending on its context and the way it is utilized. Some display words and images to advertise or bring attention to an idea. Some adorn a blank space, adding richness to the foundation layer. Others are the couriers, the mortar between human communications.

At Spudnik, I am interested in producing a cohesive body of work. I hope to experiment with printing on various substrates and combining different printing processes including letterpress, screen printing, woodcut relief, and risograph. Through this series, I seek to further explore the dynamic possibilities in communicating through symbols.

Lisa Armstrong

Fellow

Lisa Glenn Armstrong is a multidisciplinary designer and educator currently based in Chicago. She received her MFA in Motion Graphic Design from California Institute of the Arts in 2018 and her BFA in Graphic Design from DePaul University in 2012. She currently teaches DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.lisaglennarmstrong.com/

Project Statement:

In my work, I explore themes of metaphysics, healing, and vulnerability. As a motion and graphic designer, I often employ the use of typography combined with abstraction and illustrated forms. My thesis work in graduate school involved a series of projects centered around empathy, a subject I plan to continue to investigate through my fellowship at Spudnik Press Cooperative.

Julia Arredondo

Julia Arredondo is a traveling artist who received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Julia founded Vice Versa Press, a travelling print and publishing entity, that produces zines and multiples. Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, Julia has been on the road participating in various artist-in-residence programs around the country. Julia believes in cheap rent, good humor and positive vibes.

Website:

www.juliaarredondo.com/

Residency Period:

Sep 2015–Dec 2015

Project Statement:

Self-empowerment is a main focus of my work, specifically in the realm of publications and zines. Aspiring to be more like cartoon characters who suffer trauma but never seem to carry emotional baggage, I believe in the power of constructing positive present and future actions by taking sometimes traumatic past experiences and letting those memories work for me. I seek to empower myself and others in a way that let’s us confront oppressive experiences and turn them into badges of strength, humor, and grace.

“Hate it or love it the underdog’s on top. And I’m gonna shine homie until my heart stop.” - 50 Cent and The Game

Classes by this Artist:

Student Debt Suicide Letters

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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/

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.

Molly Bounds

Molly Bounds is a printmaker and illustrator living in Denver. Her prints explore how power, authority, and the structural training of doubt can undermine those who lack agency in determining their futures. Influenced by aesthetics and narrative sequencing within alternative comics and zine culture, she aims to emulate others who have used zines as a forum of dissemination of subjective experience, in order to voice stories which are rarely shared in normative culture.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

mollybounds.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/

Kevin Brouillette

Lead Graphic Designer for Dollop Coffee Company in Chicago. dollopcoffee.com On the lookout for good fonts & better coffee.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.kevinbrouillette.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/

Mary Clare Butler

Mary Clare Butler is an artist and designer from Chicago. Through process-driven offset and letterpress printing, her print work investigates the relationship between modes of production and the environment. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago (2016) and her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2009).

In 2015, she co-founded Fata Morgana Press with Amy Leners (MFA, 2015). Together they collaborate on a variety of publishing projects, experimental prints, and artists’ books.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design

Website:

www.maryclarebutler.com

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress Pressure Prints

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Holly Cahill

2018 Artist in Residence

Holly Cahill draws inspiration from the spaces we inhabit within our shared environment. Rather than referencing any one place, the visual seams and illuminated marks in her works point to patterns drawn from construction frames hidden beneath the walls of buildings and the various functions of rooms. She is fascinated by the idea of a portal that can be defined in architecture and science fiction as a passage way for the body from one space to the other. The marrying of this concept of a portal that can bend rules of time and space with its more mundane counterpart in architecture creates a space to consider the possibilities of things beyond our comprehension yet in relationship to what is in front of our eyes.

Trained as a painter, Holly Cahill uses an exploration of materials and process to engage with ideas connected to choreography, landscape, hyper-dimensional phenomena, and architecture. Her work has been shown at Penn State University, DEMO Project, Chicago Artist Coalition, the David and Reva Logan Center for the Arts, D Gallery, The Franklin, the Hyde Park Art Center, and the Walter Philips Gallery in Banff Canada, among others. She received her BFA in painting from Syracuse University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. She has been an artist in residence at the Vermont Studio Center, 8550 Ohio, the Banff Centre, and Ox-Bow. Holly is an artist member of the newest branch of Tiger Strikes Asteroid in Chicago.

Website:

hollycahill.com/home.html

Residency Period:

Jun 2018–Jun 2018

Project Statement:

As an artist in residence at Spudnik Press Cooperative, I plan to develop a new series of work that builds off of forms and processes utilized in my painting and drawing practice. My painting practice is often sculptural and I would like my works on paper to investigate a more three-dimensional component. I have been using sprayed ink and transfer processes for sometime in my works on paper and canvas. More recently, I began to use paper as a form of resist in my paintings as I cover the surface of the canvas. The paper, which becomes saturated with ink in the painting process is cut or torn and then reused in a series of collages. I am particularly fascinated by the luminous pixellated, atmospheric quality that I can achieve with spray ink and want to bring this element into a series of prints through acquatint techniques. There is also a layering process in my works on paper and canvas, that I would love to develop more through printmaking by using reflective and transparent inks. In the print studio, I also plan to experiment with textured papers that can be molded, torn, and reassembled to lift off the two-dimensional plane. These abstractions mimic clusters of soft natural environments and patterns that would then be altered by inserting geometric elements that refer to built environments such as the home, religious spaces, monumental architecture and gardens that form a bridge between interior and exterior spaces.
Image: Holly Cahill, Through the Eaves, 2013 (detail).

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Shawn Calvert

Shawn Calvert and Alison McKinzie run Calvert & Co.; a design and development studio based in Chicago, IL. They work with small businesses, non-profits and start-ups to create customized, elegant and strategic solutions. If you’re looking for a nimble and strategic design partner who will be fully dedicated to your success, contact them at info@calvertand.co for a free consultation and quote.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design

Website:

www.calvertand.co/

Teri Carson

Teresita Carson Valdéz is a Chicago based artist working in fiber, film, photography, print media and installation. She received her Bachelors in Fine Arts from the School of the Art institute of Chicago. Recent exhibition sites include Adds Donna Gallery and Mana Contemporary. Her awards and honors include winning first prize for her screenplays Poly Esther, Chucky’s Feast, 1st and 10, Shlomo’s Night Out, and Ratacholo. Her short films have been shown at festivals around the world and at curated film exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art of San Diego.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

www.teresitacarsonvaldez.com

Corinne Chapman

Corinne is currently a sophomore at Loyola University Chicago, pursuing a Film and Digital Media Production major and an Entrepreneurship minor. She grew up in Maryland, near Washington D.C., where she first fell in love with filmmaking when she began making short music videos and PSAs. She is also extremely passionate about playing guitar, dancing, environmental advocacy, and social justice.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities

Website:

corinspiration.com/

Elke Claus

Elke Claus’s career began at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she worked in a professional print studio, The Rutgers Center for Innovative Printmaking. There, she collaborated with New York City artists in the creation of lithography editions. At the same time, she was an intern at the infamous Franklin Furnace, an avant-garde art space in Tribeca. During those years it housed the country’s largest collection of artist’s books, which she helped organize. These two formative influences have left her with a deep love for technical craftsmanship and the daring of non-conventional, contemporary artworks. After moving to Chicago, Claus became a teaching assistant at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught printmaking at Lillstreet Art Center and The Hyde Park Art Center (both in Chicago).

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.elkeworks.com

Nate Cubeta

Nate Cubeta is a print artist from Boston, MA. He received his BFA in Printmaking from Maryland Institute College of Art. His recent work comments on the sensation that role is sports in our society, with a visual focus on both the architectural and cinematic. He has interned at Spudnik in 2011 and taught a class on screen printing with photos in 2013.

Chris Devins

Chris Devins is a local Mural Artist/Urban Planner who creates outdoor Public Art installations designed to attract tourists and increase community pride.  He is part of a team that won a 2016 Best Practices award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association.

CDC began in Bronzeville, Chicago as an outgrowth of Chris’ work on the Residents at Risk study conducted by the Urban Institute and Harvard University. Residents at Risk was a profile of the Ida B. Wells/Madden Park housing complex conducted just as residents’ homes were being demolished. As he pondered the loss of yet another important Bronzeville development, Chris began to think about Identity and the role it plays in a neighborhood’s economic and social viability.

The Bronzeville Legends Identity Initiative was a part of Chris’ Master Thesis, the East 39th Street Commercial Corridor Plan. The plan is a comprehensive development plan that envisions the future of the corridor, based on current real estate market data.

 

Website:

www.chrisdevinscreative.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/