The Fall 2022 edition of Print Futures will consist of three short presentations on the theme of Evolution — of craft and vocation — from emerging letterpress printers Matthew Jorgensen, Tess LeNoir, and Ruth Yeates. Time is included afterwards for Q&A with the presenters, plus break-out sessions hosted by printing peers. Please join us and be inspired by the extraordinary work being created by the next generation of letterpress printers from all over the world.
Print Futures is a free series that supports new voices in letterpress by building bridges between emerging letterpress printers doing great work in educational institutions, community centers, and professional shops. It takes place three times a year and is co-produced by Partners in Print (PiP) and Letterpress Educators of Art & Design (LEAD).
Matthew’s former career as a designer at Field Notes allowed him to work with letterpress artists for over a decade. Now that he’s art directing at an agency for his nine-to-five, he decided to set up a small print shop in his basement. Under the moniker C’mon Home, Matthew prints tiny jobs for tiny clients and explores large-scale installation via small-scale printmaking.
Tess possesses the singular distinction of growing up in the apartment above a commercial letterpress shop—Day Moon Press—founded in 1976 by her mother, Maura Shapley. When Tess took over all production and custom work in 2016, she expanded the use of its resources in new, innovative directions. In her personal work she gravitates towards anything commercial jobs don’t tend to demand—unfashionable colors, increasingly finicky setups, and unwieldy forms of handset type.
Ruth first studied graphic communication with a specialism in printmaking at Birmingham City University where she combined letterpress with archival research. She is now a visiting lecturer and print technician at the university. Her drive as a letterpress educator is to pass these skills onto future generations. Ruth’s presentation will speak to her journey and experiences that took her from a student to educating others about the craft.
This event is geared toward emerging letterpress printers — whether college students, interns, students at community centers, or independent letterpress enthusiasts. All levels of experience are welcome.
Interested in presenting at a future event, or want to see the variety of letterpress artists who have presented in the past? Print Futures takes place 3 times a year, and we want to hear about your new and exciting work!
Applications for the Winter 2023 edition of Print Futures are due by October 29, 2022.
All of PiP’s online programming is live and unrecorded — we find it’s a lot more fun and conducive to forming personal connections. Events are closed captioned using Zoom’s Live Transcription feature.