Lydia James

Intern

Lydia James is a studio art major at Grinnell College in central Iowa and will graduate in the spring of 2019. She grew up in Atlanta, Georgia but has found quite a home in the Midwest. Her work is not explicitly based in a single medium but she enjoys printmaking, watercolor, embroidery, knitting, and sewing. She is always drawing and has consistently kept a sketchbook since the age of 5.

You can keep up with her day-to-day making on instagram at @lydiajames.art  and contact her at lydiajames.art@gmail.com

 

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration

Website:

lydia-james.squarespace.com/

Laura Joyce-Hubbard

Mother Goose Photography

Laura Joyce-Hubbard is the sole photographer of Mother Goose Photography. Pictured (left) at 4, Laura, next to her brother, mother and the beloved family boxer, greet her Dad coming home from work to their sailboat “Mother Goose”. Although they all loved aboard for 11 years, this is one of the only pictures that she has of her childhood days aboard the Mother Goose. Laura named her photography business as a tribut to her days growing up on the old wooden ketch. Although the pictures are scarce, the memories of a natural childhood are grand.

Her children have been the inspiration for Laura to develop her photographic passion into a profession following her career as a pilot in the Air Force and commercial airline industry. Her work has been exhibited internationally.

 

Website:

www.mothergoosestudios.com/

Erick Jurado

GSS Visual

Erick Jurado’s interest in screen printing, is primarily focused how the process/medium interprets an image, specifically, a photographic/digital image. He is a Graphic Designer by profession, and utilizes screenprinting as a creative outlet. He looks forward to opportunities that allow him to merge his profession with the creative outlet.

Additionally, he enjoys long moonlight walks on the beach and playing love songs on his guitar.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

screenprints.erickjurado.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 (March)
Screenprinting Explorations (March)

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.

Products by this Artist:

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/

Chrissy Laing

Creative design and visual branding mercenary for hire. Experience with print design, web design, image making photography and project management.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

chrissylaing.com/

Ruby LaPorta

Ruby is an illustrator, filmmaker, printmaker, sculptor, writer, and musician. She often makes work that addresses themes of childhood, influence, multiplicities of being (and specifically the discrepancy between physical being and mental being), the mundane, and excess.

She was born and raised in Chicago and is currently studying at the School of the Art Institute.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

rubylaporta.squarespace.com/

Raychel Steinbach Lauen

Raychel Steinbach Lauen trained as a fine art printmaker, papermaker, and book artist at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design, and she proudly wears the badge of letterpress nerd & is a lover of well-built tools. She runs Current Location Press which is a print shop on the move; Raychel pulls design influence from her time living throughout the Midwest as well as Hong Kong, PRC; Bangkok, Thailand; and Ballyvaughan, Ireland. She firmly believes that printmaking is still the most democratic of art form & that mailing beautiful hand-printed greeting card helps strengthen interpersonal connections. Find Current Location on instagram: @currentlocationpress

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.currentlocationpress.com/

Gary W. Lehman

Gary Lehman is a Chicago based visual artist. He captures the emotional and physical characteristics of a subject through gestures. The subject matter consists of emotional charged spaces, buildings or events. Currently he is working on a variety of linoleum block prints, which best characterize his linework and artistic style.

He has completed artwork across a range of media but all of it reflects is personal style. Currently he is working in a printmaking media and relief sculpture.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.garywlehman.com/about/