Michael Sheets

Six Points Letterpress

Chicago-based. Queer-owned-and-operated. Handcrafted letterpress goods for all of life’s occasions and then some!

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.sixpointsletterpress.com

Veronica Siehl

Veronica Siehl is an artist and printmaker based in Chicago. Siehl received her MFA in printmaking from the University of Tennessee (2010) and her BA in Studio Art from Beloit College (2006). Siehl’s work has been shown in various cities including Chicago (IL), New Orleans (LA), Poznan (Poland), Olympia (WA), and Knoxville (TN). Her multidisciplinary studio practice includes printmaking, alternative photo processes, drawing, writing and installation.

Services Offered:

  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.veronicasiehl.com

Residency Period:

Jun 2013–Aug 2013

Classes by this Artist:

Bookbinding
Cyanotypes
Printmaking Survey: Monoprinting, Etching, Letterpress (Fall 2014)
Cyanotypes (SU2015)
Bookbinding (Fall 2015)
Bookbinding (May 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Nov 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing
The Botany of Blue: Cyanotypes after Anna Atkins
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (Dec 2017)
Letterpress Print Your Own Cards (Jan 2018)
Botany of Blue: Cyanotypes after Anna Atkins
DIY Letterpress Greeting Cards (January)
Letterpress: Movable Type + Polymer Plates (January)
Cyanotypes: The Botany of Blue (June)
Cyanotypes: The Botany Of Blue (August)
Artist Books: Sequence, Image, & Time
Letterpress Printing 101: Introduction to Letterpress

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Emma Sielaff

I’m constantly exploring how art can be a medium for capturing and recreating the feeling of a moment. I make work that is vibrant and playful, hoping to leave the viewer with a sense of familiarity, intrigue, and nostalgia. The result is a reflection of my inner self and thoughts. Spanning from papermaking, illustration, zines, and collage—with a heavy influence of the digital—the objects I create are interactive, highly textured, and draw from reused and recycled materials.

 

The creative process is something everyone should enjoy, with my work, I hope to embody that essence and invite people into my world.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

emmasielaff.com

Katherine N Smith

As a Graphic Designer and painter, Katherine creates easel-size paintings of stylized landscapes that include references to microscopic biological forms and macroscopic extraterrestrial masses. She uses organic shapes, thick layers and bright colors that suggest planets and cellular structures to evoke the processes of many natural systems moving from their creation to decay. These pieces are juxtaposed to Letterpress prints that are personal statements that represent changing thoughts and emotions. Oil paints on canvas and oil based ink on paper show a variety of texture that symbolizes inconsistency, abnormal ideas and anxiety. This series is a timeline showing her discomfort within her environment over the period of one year.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design

Website:

www.katherinensmith.com/

Kristin Smith

Member

Kristin completed a Master of Design (MDES) at University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) in 2020. She is a graphic designer, maker, writer, illustrator & collaborator practicing in Chicago. She particularly enjoys analog print processes & bookmaking. Please reach out with any inquiries or to discuss projects or collaborations!

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

kristinsmith.cc/

Sondwerk

Member

Sondwerk is a Chicago-based, multi-disciplinary creative werkshop dedicated to promoting peace through art, experiences, and collective action.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.sondwerk.co

Raychel Steinbach

Current Location Press

Raychel Steinbach received her BFA in Printmaking, Papermaking, and Book Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2009. Raychel is the printer-designer behind Current Location Press and focuses on handset type combined with carved blocks inspired by nature and community. She has apprenticed with several shops across the Midwest to hone her skills in letterpress printing and typesetting, most notably with Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press. She has previously been the 2016 Printing Apprentice at Spudnik Press, Chicago; 2015 Windgate Resident Project Manager at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Wisconsin; 2015 recipient of the Green Initiative Award at the U.S. Embassy, Bangkok, Thailand; 2014 Artist in Residence at ComPeung, Northern Thailand; 2009 Collegiate Fellow at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts; and a teaching artist at Silverwood Park, Minnesota.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.CurrentLocationPress.com

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Robert Stokowy

2020-21 Fellow

Robert Stokowy is an artist and composer from Cologne, Germany. His work consists of experimental compositions, text-based interventions, performances and installations. More conceptual works utilize artistic practices such as photography, writing, printmaking and drawing. All projects are framed and connected by an overarching artistic research process, focussing on inner structural characteristics of found or created sonic environments. Using a radically reductive and interdisciplinary approach, Robert’s work investigate modes and possibilities of sonic accessibility. In short art is used as an interdisciplinary tool to understand one’s environment and the human condition.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.robert-stokowy.de/

Patti Swanson

Patti Swanson is a historian, educator, and artist living in Chicago, Illinois. Raised near Austin, Texas, Patti came to Chicago in 2011 to pursue a degree in art history at School of the Art Institute of Chicago and stayed for the city’s rich history, friendly people, and balmy winters.

Patti is the creator, chief guide, and Executive Director of Chicago for Chicagoans, a nonprofit offering neighborhood history tours. She is also a tradeswoman and multidisciplinary artist interested in the overlap between the city & the book arts. Her artwork focuses on community activism, memory, place, and the accessibility of the arts. .

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.pattijeanswanson.com/

Hope Wang

Hope Wang is a Chicago-based artist working in painting, print, photography, and weaving. In her work, she examines how the dissonance of representation of architecture and its illusion gesture toward displacement in the same way bodies wander through and occupy space. She received her BFA (2018) from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has shown in group exhibitions including Chicago Art Department, Gallery No One, Womanmade Gallery, Sullivan Galleries, and LVL3 Gallery.

Recent Shows:

Where We Meet is a group exhibition featuring Hope Wang, Sydnie Jimenez and Frederique Jean who will explore the expansion of craft and sculpture through themes of abstraction, representation and materiality. The show is meant to disrupt space to investigate what does it mean to enter space, or interacts with one another in spaces? How does art interact with culture and memory? How do we understand the spaces between these interactions? What happens when space and people meet? Can agency exist within art that centers marginalized narratives, their perception of the world, and themselves?

Friend is an interdisciplinary artist-run space that exists to provide affordable studio space and to remove barriers to accessing art programming. Where We Meet is their inaugural exhibition. The show will be up through September 22, 2019.

Images: Detail of face prostrate, temples kissing the baked facade by Hope Wang; Detail of a bloated sky flickers like the lazy fan by Hope Wang; Installation photograph of the exhibition

Ignition Project Space’s window gallery features throwing a short glance in the sliver between the glass barred against the warm air, a series of hand-woven illusions by Hope Wang. She draws from imagery surrounding store fronts that have a provisional quality – whether from business turnover, rental transition, or construction. These weavings depict reflections of pedestrians and shuttered spaces, suggested through motifs like blue tape, brown paper, plastic sheets, and spray painted plywood that bar the viewer’s access to the realities that exist beyond the surface. Traversing the line between image and object, the works question an initial understanding of material and perception.

Image: throwing a short glance in the sliver between the glass barred against the warm air by Hope Wang

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.hopewang.com/

Jordan Wesolek

Member

“Our wonderful city of Chicago offers it’s own beauty aside from the great outdoors. I strive to bring nature to the city and to my fellow Chicagoans. By venturing to some of the most extreme outdoor destinations I am able to find the inspiration for my work, which manifests in the form of high contrast pieces composed of simple lines and dots framed in basic geometric shapes. Because of travel, my appreciation of the city  has grown exponentially and it helps me look at Chicago in a different light. I enjoy correlating the massive towers of Torres Del Paine to our city skyline, the winding hiking trails of El Chalten to the busy bike paths of Lakeshore Drive, and the lava flows of Iceland to the brake lights down Milwaukee Ave. I like to think my work inspires people to get out and to educate themselves of the beauty of our planet which, in turn, will allow them to develop their own correlations between the manmade world and the natural world.” – Jordan W

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

thejordanw.com

Christen Whitehouse

Maison Blanche

I am a stationery designer and illustrator with a focus on color, pattern and texture. I work mostly in the wedding world creating fine art wedding stationery for couples who are interested in non-traditional pieces that reflect their unique personalities. I also create custom illustrations and prefer to work in a loose whimsical style.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration

Website:

www.maisonblanchelettering.com

Don Widmer

Don Widmer is a book and paper artist who uses hand papermaking, relief printing, and bookbinding (separately or in combination) to create unique works of art. After graduating from Columbia College Chicago’s Interdisciplinary Arts program, Don launched his paper arts business, Lion of Bali, which exhibits at numerous arts and craft fairs throughout the Midwest. Much of his work is inspired by travel and his background in ethnomusicology. Don primarily uses a technique called pulp painting to create his handmade paper artworks, particularly his images of urban architecture. He has had several residencies at Morgan Conservatory of Papermaking in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Don has recently set up his papermaking studio in Skokie, Illinois.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

dwidmer.com

Classes by this Artist:

Papermaking

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Abigail M. Wood

Abigail M. is a Chicago-based graphic designer, writer, and printmaker. She holds a BFA in graphic design from Columbia College Chicago. She had a haiku published in Columbia Poetry Review no. 26. In 2018, AIGA Chicago awarded her the What’s Next Grant to fund her project Does Cement Make a Sound?; a mixed media print series which aims to highlight the reality of living with mental illness and disability. Regardless of medium, Abigail M.’s work exists to answer the constant and varied questions that typically arise somewhere between a memory and the conscious awareness of a feeling.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

abigailm.com