M Kellman

M Kellman Art

M Kellman is an emerging Chicago-based artist and printmaker working across various media and methods. After receiving a BA in History from Scripps College in 2014 and working for a few years with a creative nonprofit in Southern California, M moved to Chicago to study printmaking and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Trained as a historian, M uses their art practice to explore the personal and subjective experience of history and cultural identity.

Services Offered:

  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.mbkellman.com

Robert Kelsey

Studio Fellow (Alumni)

Robert Kelsey is a graduate of DePaul University, where he studied animation and game design. He is a book artist and illustrator whose work tends to feature elements of the uncanny and macabre presented in an approachable, cartoony style. His work has appeared in several gallery shows in the Chicagoland area and in zine fests all around the midwest. Follow him on instagram at: @robertkelseyillustration

Website:

www.robertkelseyillustration.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: The Exquisite Risographic Flip Book!
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-shirts and Totebags Screenprint Workshop
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (July)
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (September)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (November)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (December)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (January)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (February)
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (March)
Screenprinting Explorations (March)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (April)
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (June)
T-shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (August)
Screenprinting Explorations (Mid-September 2019)
T-Shirts & Totebags Screenprinting Workshop (September 2019)
DIY Greeting Cards: Screenprinting

Jin Mateo Kim

True Tonic Press

Jin is a printmaker and writer from Korea and Singapore, currently practicing printmaking, bookbinding, and book conservation in Carleton College, MN. Their works are built upon marks of nibs and needles. Carving into a flat surface and leaving a permanent mark comes with a degree of responsibility they bear in making of their works. Therefore, everything in their works, the marks, the allegory, and the composition are, or rather have to be, intentional.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.milkforsupper.com

Alex Kostiw

Alex Kostiw is a graphic designer and artist. Her practice combines short stories and alternative comics with book design and printmaking. Framing language as an imperfect bridge between people, her narratives reveal something more felt than understood through obscure symbols, partial or oblique communications, and fragmentation of memory or self. Alex received an MFA in visual communication design from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA in English literature from the University of Chicago.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

alexkostiw.com/

Residency Period:

Sep 2016–Dec 2016

Project Statement:

Reading is both encounter and empathy, an act in which we are given another place or perspective and allow ourselves to mistake it for our own. My practice explores reading and its potential through books of experimental comics and short fiction. I think of books as mysterious containers or knots in our reality—small, yet holding a remarkable density of experience. My books are typically slim and light and have an interactive quality, opening for the reader in unusual ways. They require the reader to twist or turn or peek into the work to unravel its content. The physical form reflects the story’s twists and turns; creates opportunities to surprise and entrance the reader (say, with a mark hidden in a fold, or recombining images); and moreover, suggests that what we see is just a trace—an idea that is tied to comics’ structure. I am fascinated by the gutters in comics, the gaps between panels where much of a story lives. This white space is rich with implicit moments that the reader knows reflexively. It locates the story, its environment, and its characters are existing somewhere between the book and the reader’s imagination, but not wholly in either place. To explore this notion, my comics and writing play on and push how little I can give to a reader while still establishing the sense of a substantial narrative. While the sculptural book form creates literal hidden spaces, sparse visuals and brief text invite the reader’s careful attention and realization that the gaps are not empty, but home to an invisible world. A great influence on my practice has been Anne Carson’s if not, winter, her translation of the poet Sappho’s work, which survives only in small fragments. The result is disjointed lines consisting often of short phrases or even just single words that, despite being incomplete, feel incredibly loaded with meaning. The full, original meaning of the poetry is inaccessible to the reader, but the poignancy of its fragmentation makes what remains potent. I parsed out some of my thoughts on the book in an essay comic [Sappho], but haven’t shaken its hold. My illustrations are also informed by traditional comics, which usually render things simply to make the story easy to inhabit, avoiding the static feel of realism. Economic use of line and color allows me to shift between figurative and abstract, making illustrations almost open-ended, hinting at specific characters, objects, and settings with restrained detail, and activating negative space. My narratives also put the tangible and intangible in tension, posing questions of what is real, what isn’t, and to whom. They put emotional and physical distances between characters, and point to them as a realm of misunderstanding. Some pieces create that kind of distance for the reader as well by introducing a recognizable subject, then skewing it into something unfamiliar. My work seeks to complicate the reader’s understanding of reality by fostering the sense that there exists more than what they can see and comprehend. Reading becomes a kind of magic that actives a narrative and grazes its invisible world; and, with the work relying on the reader’s physical and imaginative efforts, my aim is for the magic to be carried in them beyond the page.

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David Krzeminski

David Krzeminski. Artist/Graphic Designer living in Chicago. Graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication (2009). Currently working full time as a Graphic Layout Specialist for Freeman Decorating since 2013.

My fine art is mostly an exploration of high-contrast abstract drawings. Free-form lines, dots, and shapes are combined with ridged grids and geometric patterns to create pieces that are randomly drawn, yet highly structured compositions. Mostly created as black and white ink drawings, select pieces are also translated into screen prints using high contrast fluorescent and vibrant colors.

I was always intrigued by the idea that there is more to be understood than what is initially perceived. This goes for anything; people, places, events, laws of nature, etc. On top of that, there is also the notion that our perception can be restrained, or may differ from person to person. From a distance, my drawings can seem like simple black and white patterns. But upon closer inspection, one can see these ridged patterns are made of many smaller lines and shapes that follow no obvious order. Illusions created by some of these patterns expose the restraints in our own perception. Even when you understand exactly how an illusion is constructed, you cannot physically force your eyes to see beyond the illusion. If our own eyes can play tricks and fool us, what other factors are fooling us beyond our visual perception?

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

www.davekrz.com/

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Jo Ana Kubiak

Jo Ana Kubiak creates remarkable content and experiences by viewing projects through an interdisciplinary lens, being sensitive to the consumer’s experience, challenging common assumptions and keeping things authentic.

“I process the world in a creative way. This characteristic manifests itself through problem solving, idea generation and visual inspiration. I’ve found keeping my hands in the process of physical creation not only allows for a quiet place where unique ideas are born, but it keeps me in touch with the creative process, design thinking. The fast iteration, the clashing of unlike ideas for something new, play, and the standing back to assess whether to scrap the work entirely or turn it upside-down for something new.”

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

jkubiak.com

Ashley Kukulski

I’m Ashley Kukulski, the founder and designer behind Evermore Paper Co. I started Evermore in 2013 as a way to express myself creatively and live more intentionally by doing something I was truly passionate about. My goal was to create something unexpected and my trials with paper led me to design products with unique cut out and layered elements. Since then, my collection has grown to include hand-painted and printed designs, but one thing that remains at the core is my love of texture and pattern. My work is constantly evolving and a reflection of my personal style, which is minimal, romantic, effortless and a bit edgy. I pour my heart and soul into each product with the hope that they will inspire others to spread their love and live their best lives.

I am a visual person who enjoys taking mental snapshots of the beauty around me. I am especially drawn to patterns and textures found in nature and urban environments and I love exploring different ways to translate my findings into simple, yet beautiful illustrations.

Most of my designs are created by hand with ink or paint in my home studio overlooking the Chicago skyline. The components are then digitalized and recolored in Illustrator. Each paper cut card is machine-cut and hand-assembled from my home studio and all printed pieces are produced locally. I make an extra effort to use recycled materials and work with local suppliers whenever possible.

Website:

evermorepaperco.com/

Angee Lennard

Founder & Director

In the ten years since Angee Lennard founded Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago’s nonprofit community-based printmaking studio, the organization has evolved from an experimental work/live space to a multi-facetted organization unique in its dedication to providing approachable access to fine art printmaking to anyone who wishes to be creative through print. Under her leadership, Spudnik Press Cooperative provides pathways for individuals to grow their artistic practice over time and at their own pace through studio access, residencies, fellowships, classes, exhibitions, collaborative projects and public programs.

Angee Lennard is also a devoted educator whose teaching experience ranges from arts administration to illustration. As a lecturer at SAIC in the Arts Administration and Policy department, Lennard is able to share her perspective on the parallels between art making and arts administration and inspire students to find enjoyment in administrative roles. At Marwen, Lennard leads high school students through illustration, design, and printmaking projects. Her teaching at Spudnik Press Cooperative focuses on the technical elements of printmaking. She earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Printmedia from SAIC in 2005.

Fun Facts: Angee owns chickens (and eggs)! She believes that the egg came first.

E-mail: angee@spudnikpress.org

Photo by Jamie Davis.

Website:

www.angeelennard.com

Classes by this Artist:

Intro to Printmaking
Stop Motion Animation
Printmaking Survey: Monoprinting, Etching, Letterpress
Screenprinting Refresher
Screenprinting Refresher
Printmaking Foundations: Relief, Etching, Screen
Screenprinting 201: Color Theory for Screenprinters
Etching & Intaglio Printmaking
Screenprinting Refresher
Screenprinting Refresher (Sep 2016)
Etching & Intaglio Refresher
Printmaking Foundations
Screenprinting Refresher
Color Theory for Screenprinters
Printmaking Foundations
Screenprinting Refresher (July 2017)
Screenprinting Refresher (Oct 2017)
Pre-Press Workshop: File Prep for Stress Free Printing
Screenprinting Refresher
Screenprinting 201: Color for Screenprinters
Screenprinting Refresher
Pre-Press Workshop: File Prep for Stress Free Printing
Pre-Press Workshop: File Prep for Stress Free Printing (January)

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