Letters: they're not just for pages of readable text. Now that letterpress printing is (mostly) obsolete as a commercial printing venture, artists have been acquiring the type and presses and adapting them for their purposes. One of the exciting ways to use type is in creating pattern, texture, and images. We will play with wood and lead type and transparent ink colors to print patterned papers and images composed from letters, numbers, and other typographic elements.
TUITION: $230 + FEES: $30
Crystal Cawley is an artist who works with paper, textiles, collected objects, and re-purposed materials. Her work explores ideas of identity, time, and loss, and draws on various traditional skills like embroidery and letterpress printing. She teaches in the Continuing Studies program at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, and is an artist member of Portland's Pickwick Independent Press, a printmaking collective. She has shown her work around the US and in England, Greece, and Japan. Her work is in the collections of the Boston Public Library; Columbia University Library; The Library of Congress; Maine Women Writers Collection; MOMA/Franklin Furnace Artists' Book Collection; the Smithsonian Institution Graphic Arts Collection at the National Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.; and the Munakata Shiko Museum, Aomori, Japan, among others. She has received grants from the Maine Arts Commission, the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation.