Letterpress printing is something that had mildly interested me for a long time, but when I was finally able to actually learn it in early 2021, it changed my life in a much more profound way than I expected. The first time I made a poster on a Vandercook press and got to hold the physical object that I made, I just got this intense sense that this is what I was meant to be doing. And since then, it has been!
I learned letterpress at my home studio, Book Arts in downtown Buffalo, NY, and that is where I’ve done most of my work since, including a Studio Residency spanning from January to March 2022. I’m also a teaching artist there, leading workshops on the small platen presses. I’m extremely fortunate to call Book Arts my home studio, as it’s an incredible resource and a warm, welcoming community. We have three vintage Vandercook presses, several more small platen presses, and a truly impressive type library (as well as a separate, full screenprinting studio).
My studio residency project at Book Arts was called the Tarot of Sorts, and it is by far the largest artistic project I’ve ever undertaken. I designed and hand printed a 28 card tarot deck, consisting of the 22 traditional major arcana cards, plus 6 bonus cards invented by me. There was an exhibition for the Tarot of Sorts at Book Arts on March 18th, 2022. The hand-printed deck exists in a limited run of 35 decks, but in May 2022, I also ran a successful kickstarter that allowed me to have a 500-deck print run made of reproduction decks with corresponding guidebooks. (I’ve also written a couple articles and did an interview about my work on this project, if you’re interested in a more in-depth look at my process!)
In addition to this project, I’ve also printed a variety of posters, prints, invitations, business cards and other various paraphenelia. Posters are my favorite thing to make, as historical protest posters are a big part of what got me interested in letterpress in the first place. Here are some other examples of prints that I have made:
Everything pictured on this page is available for sale and I’m also open for commissions. Please contact me if you’re interested!