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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Letterpress Pressure Prints

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

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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
Screenprinting Explorations (Friday Morning, September)
Printmaking Foundations (October)
Etching & Intaglio Printmaking (January)
Printmaking Foundations (February)
Screenprinting Refresher (February)
Monotypes & Collographs (March)
Printmaking Foundations (April)

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)
Risography 101 (October)
Risography 101 (November 28)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (October)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (December)
Risography 101 (February 5)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (January)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (February)
Risography 102: Bring Your Own Files (March)
Risography 101 (April)

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

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