In places like Twin Cities, where the winters are often filled with negative temperatures, it’s the perfect time to cozy up in the studio and create. That’s Laura Brown’s mentality. She’s been a part of the Artist Co-op at Minnesota Center for Book Arts since 2011. It’s a wonderland of printmaking and bookbinding. What drew Laura in was the community aspect of the craft. The machinery and equipment is large, expensive, and meant to be shared. In the photos above you can watch Laura’s process as she prints a calendar for the new year. How cool is that? Can you see how she sets the template and runs an inked up roller across it? You can purchase one of these handmade beauties here. There is so much personality in printmaking. It opens up a world of surprises and problem solving. The beautiful letters, rich inks, and the hand-touched nature of each impression (that’s what you call an individual print). Check out more of what Laura’s up to at laurabrownart.com
Julie and her husband run Letterform, a small graphic design studio in Chicago. Their work is a combination of typography, photography, illustration, and printmaking. I spent some time with Julie as she prepped for Renegade Craft Fair. Letterpress is a beautiful art form that’s hands-on and exciting to watch. It’s refreshing when graphic design studios incorporate bits and pieces of handmade goodness into their work.