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

Lya Finston

Fellow

Lya Finston is an artist and printmaker raised in Cranford, NJ and based in Chicago, IL, where she works as a circulation assistant at Ryerson Library of the Art Institute of Chicago. Finston is also involved with Hoofprint, where she helps print lithographic editions for the shop’s various published artists along with creating her own work. In May 2018, Finston graduated from Oberlin College with a double major in Studio Art and German Studies.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

lfinston.wixsite.com/lyafinston

Project Statement:

Lately, I’ve been making work that revolves around the relationship between the osage orange and thegiantgroundsloth.​Theosageorange​isa​ treewithlarge,bumpy,greenfruit​thatIdiscoveredwhile living in Ohio. I was immediately struck by their alien appearance. The osage orange continues to fall today despite the fact that nothing eats it anymore, deeming it an anachronistic “ghost of evolution.” Paleontologists speculate that it was eaten and dispersed by giant ground sloths during the Pleistocene era. The osage functions like a fossil in this way, serving as a prehistoric relic of past life on Earth. This fruit’s unique state of obsolescence fascinates me, inviting the creation of alternative histories surrounding its continued presence. My theory is that the ground sloths still live among us, and that’s why osage oranges continue to fall. I also believe the osage has magical, medicinal properties.

I strive to harness the reifying power that I find inherent to lithography and intaglio’s graphic quality due to their commercial, mass media history and imposed cultural memory in order to confuse reality and the supernatural. With the help of the letterpress, intaglio, lithography, and screenprinting facilities at Spudnik,I’dliketoexplorethepowero​ fthepresstorealizemytheories.Duringthefellowshipperiod,I’ll make an installation that incorporates digitally animated prints, etchings and lithographs on paper that I make from hand-beaten pulp with osage orange tree bark, fake newspaper articles printed on the letterpress, and 3-dimensional screenprinted sculptures.

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.

Orr Gidon

Orr Gidon currently resides in Chicago as a freelance artist, designer, and fabricator. Gidon earned their BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where they studied Printmedia and 3D Design & Fabrication. In their 2D work, Gidon is stimulated by pattern, repetition of line and shape to create visual movements and optical illusions inspired by patterns of human behavior. Within their 3D practice, Gidon explores concepts of change and movement through processes of material manipulation, particularly using wood and metal.

Their design work emphasizes principles of ergonomics, multi-functionality, and sustainability with a sculptural approach. Part of their time is spent working with steel at Manifold, a metal furniture fabrication studio.

Classes by this Artist:

Screenprinting 201: Textiles
Relief Printing & Repeat Patterns (June 2017)
Screenprinting on Textiles (March)

Browne Goodwin

Board of Directors

Browne Goodwin began collecting art in the 1970s, and has been a champion of emerging artists across the country, specifically in Texas, LA, and Chicago.

Bert Green

Vice President, Board of Directors

Bert Green is the director of Bert Green Fine Art gallery in Chicago. He has lived in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Bert Green Fine Art focuses on fine art marketing, sales and curation, with an emphasis on art’s role, impact and interaction with trends in urban economic development and revitalization, technology and culture. The gallery represents and exhibits emerging and mid-career artists, and works with specialty print houses to produce unusual and rare limited edition lithographs, letterpress, and photographic prints.

Amira Hegazy

Amira Hegazy creates prints, drawings, collages, animations, and interactive experiences that manipulate popular and recognizable forms of image-making to produce art that addresses political and social issues in visually comfortable ways. She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois though she is a native of Detroit, Michigan where she grew up between traditional American and Egyptian cultures. Amira’s experiences with racial and gender-based discrimination inform her work and motivate her activism. 

 

Amira is an MFA candidate in Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2015 with a BA in Studio Art and Sociology and honors in International Immersion. Social science and research continue to be an important part of her artistic practice. Amira works as an artist, letterpress printer, educator, and book restoration technician. She has exhibited her work at the International Print Center of New York, The William King Museum of Art and other venues internationally. 

 

Amira is the proprietor of Statement Letterpress + Design where she creates custom prints, books, stationary and editions.

Services Offered:

  • Exhibition Opportunities
  • Printmaking Commissions

Website:

www.amirahegazy.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)

Logan Kruidenier

Hello, my name is Logan Kruidenier.  I recently completed a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in Printmaking at California State University, Chico.  My last year of study was spent abroad, at the Kunsthochschule Mainz in Germany.  As of August 2016 I live and work in Chicago.

I am a multi-media artist. I love making comics (read on my Tumblr and Ello pages), prints, drawings, and most recently I have begun staging public art installations and performances. The format of the Narrative is important to my work, as are the themes of immersion, identity, and consumption.  My industry experience includes designing logos, creating custom brands, illustration, concept art and storyboarding.

Send me an email if you would like to get in touch. I always interested in any ideas you may have concerning collaboration, omelette combinations (personal favorite: broccoli, mushrooms, spinach and cheddar) or other questions. -Logan  : > )

Services Offered:

  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking Commissions
  • Illustration

Website:

www.logankruidenier.com/

Classes by this Artist:

Risography 101 (May)
Risography 101 (November 6)
Risography 101 (September)
Risography 101 (February 10)
Risography 101 (March)