Ryan Basile

Ryan received his BS in Studio Art focusing in Communication Design from Skidmore College (2008) and his MFA in Visual Communication Design from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). His foundation in the world of Graphic Design with a comprehensive typographic education turned into a deep-seated passion when he met letterpress. Typographic forms spoke to him more so than any other medium he’d previously encountered; combining that love with paper into hand printed form was like discovering a new religion. Since Ryan’s discovery of letterpress in graduate school his life has been redirected around this method of printmaking, so much so that he quit an old job an hour after the purchase of his first press; in that moment he started his own business, Double Trip Press.

Website:

www.DoubleTripPress.com

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type, Begins 7/8
Letterpress Finesse: Independent Projects
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (Begins 9/2/14)
Letterpress II: Polymer
Letterpress Finesse
Letterpress II: Polymer (WI2015)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type
Letterpress Your Own Coasters
Letterpress II: Polymer
Letterpress Your Own Coasters (Winter 2016)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (Jan 2016)
Print Your Own Business Cards: From Vector to Vandercook
Letterpress Finesse (April 2016)
DIY Greeting Cards: Letterpress Printing (April 2016)
Letterpress 201: Daredevil Type
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Oct 2016)
DIY Letterpress Coasters
DIY Letterpress Coasters
Letterpress I: Wood and Metal Type (Jan 2017)
Letterpress Finesse
DIY Letterpress Coasters
DIY Letterpress Coasters (Dec 2017)
DIY Letterpress Coasters
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type

Molly Berkson

Fellow

Molly Berkson is a multi-disciplinary artist working primarily in paper, print, book, and fiber crafts. She has a fondness for the subcultures and subcultural practices that employ amateur and anti-authoritarian ideologies, and an appreciation for craft in all its forms–in its distinct and intermingling boundaries. In her practice, she patchworks together these specific aesthetic practices and do-it-yourself methods.

Berkson lives in Chicago and is a teaching artist with After School Matters and ElevArte Community Studio. She recently exhibited work at After School Special in Milwaukee WI, Femme4Femme in Chicago as part of 2nd Floor Rear, and at the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY, where she was a studio intern in 2016. Berkson graduated with her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.mollyberkson.com/

Project Statement:

While working at the Women’s Studio Workshop last year, I learned about processing plants for papermaking and using different print processes on handmade paper. I collected plants from the roadside, made them into pulp and played with couching different fibers on top of each other. I then experimented with woodcut, letterpress and silkscreen on top of crispy, smooth, or soft fibers.

At the same time, I began sewing my first quilt. By working in these methods simultaneously I felt the ways that these distinct skills are connected. Couching shaped sheets was like piecing quilt squares, building compositions from variations in texture and color of plant material. A woodcut printed on the surface was the top stitch connecting the pieces together.

Like quilting, these paper works used a type of waste material: ruderal plants and weeds were like the plant world versions of collections of unused textile scraps in the quilter’s studio. Fundamental to my work is an understanding that fiber craft and print media facilitate exchange, tell stories, and can occupy categorizations of both expert and amateur distinctions. Making quilt-like paper works at the Women’s Studio Workshop began to touch on these ideas.

At Spudnik, I want to push these quilt-paper pieces further. I envision this project developing over three parts: 1. Experiment with the handmade paper I already made, building up layers of prints, collaging techniques together, and developing concept. 2. Using this first step as research to make a new batch of ruderal plant quilt-paper, and then 3. Editioning prints.

Mary Clare Butler

Mary Clare Butler is an artist and designer from Chicago. Through process-driven offset and letterpress printing, her work investigates the relationship between modes of production and the representation of ideas. 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.

Website:

www.fatamorganapress.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Self-Publishing Offset Apprenticeship
Offset Printing: High Speed Print Production
Offset Printing: High Speed Print Production
Letterpress II: Polymer
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type

Janice Cho

Miss Marimos

Janice Cho is an artist and designer living in Chicago, IL. She comes from the sunny west coast but has made the midwest her home since receiving her M.A. in Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she also received her letterpress training.
Janice has been involved with local letterpress studio, Starshaped Press, for several years, and has attended Penland School of Craft’s artist residency program for two winter sessions where she explores and experiments with different letterpress techniques. Her work has been published in the book, “For the Love of Letterpress,” and she has also exhibited at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum.

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.missmarimos.com

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type, Begins 5/3
Holiday Card Printing: Letterpress (12/7/14)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (Jan 2015)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type (March 2016)
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type
Letterpress I: Wood & Metal Type

Products by this Artist:

Jessica Christy

Jessica Christy is a printmaker, designer, and North Dakota native living in the Chicago area.  She received her MFA from the University of North Dakota in 2011 and has since created works that challenge the status quo of human activity and the resulting impacts.  Heavily influenced by her upbringing in the Dakota culture, Christy often weaves the Native experience into her pieces.  Her work has shown both nationally and internationally, most recently at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Website:

www.jessicachristy.com

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting Explorations (May 2017)
Screenprinting Explorations (Sept 2017 – Saturday AM)
Screenprinting Explorations
Monotypes & Collographs

Jessica Cochran

Secretary, Board of Directors

Jessica Cochran is a curator living and working in Chicago. She is recently completed a curatorial fellowship at the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and her recent & upcoming exhibitions include Roman Susan (Chicago), McCormick Gallery (Chicago), Center for the Book (New York) and the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago). After seven years spent in academic galleries, including the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, she is now a lecturer in the Department of Arts Administration and Policy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the curatorial manager of a private family collection of contemporary art based in Chicago, Indiana and Palm Springs. Jessica has been on the Spudnik Press Board of Directors since 2011, and was elected Vice President in 2013.

Website:

jessicacochranprojects.org/

Matt Davis

Matt Davis is a printmaker and occasional cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. He runs a very small Risograph print shop called Perfectly Acceptable that offers affordable commission printing as well as a curated series of artist prints and books. He graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Russian Language a few years ago.

Website:

mhmdavis.com

Classes by this Artist:

Risography 101
Risography 101 (Feb 2015)
Risography (April 2015)
Risography 101 (May2015)
Risography 101 (June 2015)
Risography 101 (July 2015)
Risography 101 (Aug 2015)
Risography 101 (Sep 2015)
Risography 101 (Oct 2015)
Risography 101 (Nov 2015)
Risography 101 (Jan 2016)
Risography 101 (March 2016)
Risography 101 (May 2016)
Risography 101 (June 2016)
Risography 101 (August 2016)
Risography 101 (Sep 2016)
Risography 101 (Oct 2016)
Risography 101 (January 2017)
Risography 101 (February 2017)
Risography 101 (April 2017)
Risography 201: From Pre-Press to Publication
Risography 101 (August 2017)
Risography 101 (June 2017)
Risography 101 (July 2017)
Risography 101 (Sept 2017)
Risography 101 (Oct 2017)
Risography 101 (Nov 2017)
Risography 201: From Prepress to Publication (Sept 2017)
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101
Risography 101 (June)
Risography 101 (July)
Risography 101 (August)

Stephen DeSantis

Director

Originally from Rhode Island, Stephen studied and worked in New York as commercial still-life photographer for twenty-six years (including commuting between NY and Paris for two years) for clients including Estee Lauder, The Wall Street Journal, NYC MTA and People Magazine. In 2008, he moved to Chicago to earn his MFA in Interdisciplinary Book & Paper Arts at Columbia College Chicago. In Chicago, Stephen has curated exhibitions including a moving CTA train car for “Art on Track”, “Hearts-a-Bluhm” on Michigan Avenue and co-curated the “Marilyn Sward: Speaking in Paper” exhibition. As Director of Academic Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago, he managed special projects including exhibitions of faculty and student work, conferences, and the Art + Activism program and student organization. Stephen’s photographs and artists’ books have been exhibited internationally including at the Seoul Artists’ Book Fair, Printworks Gallery in Chicago and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. His work is included in the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and the University of Iowa Library Special Collection.

Jazmin Dua

Jazmin Dua b. 1991 a multidisciplinary artist focusing on photography and printmaking.  Her art is a form of visual storytelling, interested in conveying moments of surveillance, life, and interactions. She devises rituals within her work creating photographs and prints of everyday experiences. 

Website:

jazmindua.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Community Workshop: Monotype like Matisse

Products by this Artist:

Lydia Evans

Lydia Godfrey Evans is a letterpress printer who incorporates design, illustration, and many printing and craft methods to create one-of-a-kind pieces. She specializes in wedding invitations and other custom pieces for clients, in addition to printing for other designers. Lydia designs and prints unique pieces for each client to match their style and bring their vision to life. She loves the creative process and the craft of letterpress and how it can empower individuals to express themselves in a personal, tangible way. Share the joy of letterpress!

Website:

www.letterpressbylydia.com

Classes by this Artist:

Letterpress 201: The Vandercook: Maintenance, Adjustments & TLC
Letterpress 201: The Vandercook: Maintenance, Adjustments & TLC
Letterpress 201: Perfecting the Platen Press
Letterpress Refresher
Letterpress Refresher

Chris Flynn

Chris Flynn is an artist, printmaker and drummer from Chicago who earned his MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago in 2017. Since earning his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999, Flynn has been the Master Printer for Anchor Graphics, collaborating with an extensive range of artists and teaching printmaking to students of all ages and experience.

Statement

Chris Flynn’s current art practice builds on an open body of work entitled The Antigravity Puppet Project, which integrates sculptural papermaking and print media with percussion music and sound art. The Puppet is a self-portrait as a human-scale marionette, while The Antigravity Project is its dissection by image and sound. The figure, its fragmented image and its internal soundscape are played beside each other in translation games between graphic and musical forms, telling the allegory of the puppet through percussive sound composition, photogravures, visual scores and data glitches.

Website:

cflynnprints.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Photopolymer Intaglio

Products by this Artist:

Ben Garbus

Fellow

Ben Garbus is an artist working in Chicago. He holds a BA from Oberlin College and has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, and SPACES Gallery in Cleveland. Garbus hails from western Massachusetts.

Website:

www.bengarbus.com

Project Statement:

My practice is rooted in re-framing that which reads as neutral, atemporal, and mundane, because now more than ever, nothing is. At Spudnik, I’ll be developing a suite of text-based works on paper that mobilize the gravity of print media to elaborate upon banal phraseology, constructing ordinary ideas as authentic fragments of subjective experience through print. Handmade signage, small-town newspapers, tattoos, and comics, all printed indications of the way people find meaning in everydayness, will serve as key points of reference for me.
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