If you didn’t have the chance to pop in the Book Arts Center while Jen Farwell from Starshaped Press was here don’t worry we have a recap for you!
As soon as Jen arrived she hit the ground running! She only left the letterpress studio to eat and sleep! It is always a treat to see the responses of printers and binders when they visit the center without fail they are overwhelmed with joy and can’t believe the facility. This was the case for Jen. On day one she was already rummaging through our ornament collection and a lockup was beginning to take form on our composing stone. When I saw all the containers of ornaments everywhere she assured me she had a system and knew where everything lived. Each day her poster lock up began to transform. It was an exceptional experience to see how she brainstorms; problem solves, and executes her ideas.
She spoke to all the book arts classes and former students. They could not fathom Jen’s lockups and the intricate details. The students enjoyed learning about her process as an artist and her small business.
She gave a wonderful lecture and we released our co-published book The Alphabet of Sorts. During her lecture students came to understand that following your dreams and passions is not always easy but at the end of the day you get to do what you love with the ups and downs of operating your own company.
We hosted open studios days where students and community members stopped by and printed with Jen.
She completed two posters while she was here. First, The Alphabet Machine which was apropos since we released The Alphabet of Sorts. She also printed the poster for our next Susan Garretson Swartzburg ’60 Book Arts Lecture. She was a busy bee!
Also, check out Jennifer’s blog post with her side of the story.
If you dig Jennifer’s style and want to work with lots of metal type and ornaments fear not! She is teaching at our Summer Institute in July. You can spend an entire week with her and learn from a master. Click here for more info.
Friday, March 20
Artist’s Talk 6:30pm
Book Launch Party 7:30pm
Antique Methods, Modern Design: Letterpress in the 21st Century
Starshaped Press Artist’s Talk and Book Release Party
Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago. All work is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antiquated letterpress materials. Jennifer’s work has been recognized in print and design blogs, and has appeared in shows throughout the USA and Europe.
This talk will share key details about the history of Starshaped Press, while looking at some of the many projects and custom solutions necessary when art meets commerce.
After the talk, Jennifer will be on hand to chat informally and celebrate the collaborative release of “An Alphabet of Sorts”, a book co-published by Starshaped Press and Wells College Press.
The event is Free and open to the general public
Refreshments will be provided.
Arts Education Room in Macmillan Hall
Saturday, March 20
“Thinking with Letterpress”
In-studio session workshop with Jennifer Farrell – Starshaped Press
Learn about the design and thought process in working with antique letterpress materials.
Printing Studios – Morgan Hall
Monday, March 23
Open Studio Poster Printing with Jennifer Farrell – Starshaped Press
Work with the artist in an informal setting
Stop by and Print!
Printing Studios – Morgan Hall
Alphabet of Sorts is a collaboration between Starshaped press in Chicago and Wells College Press here in Aurora-On-Cayuga NY. The Alphabet of Sorts book is now printed and binding has begun! If you have been following along on Instagram or Facebook, you may have seen various stages of the design and printing by Starshaped Press. The Sharshaped blog has been keeping the public up-to-date on progress, and you can see much more there. We have been taking pre-orders and still are until March 1st, at which time the price will be regular list price of $150. The book is a limited numbered and signed edition of 100 and is already more than half sold out! This is an exciting project and we will bring you images of the binding in progress and news of a special visit by Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press later this month.
Wells College Press and Starshaped Press are co-publishing a limited edition alphabet book. Each letter is made up of printers’ ornaments composed by hand and letterpress printed from metal at Starshaped Press in Chicago. Wells College Press will be doing all of the binding. The design and lock up of tiny ornaments for every letter in the alphabet is unimaginable but Starshaped Press has made it happen. The results are absolutely beautiful. This is a book that everyone will appreciate. Expect to receive your copy around Spring 2015. To pre-order now click here. The images below will help you understand the work that has gone into this project. To the left is a print of the prospectus and to the right is the metal type lock up used to print the prospectus. (A human did all of this with their two hands) A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Reserve a copy today before they sell out!
Prospectus for Book
The metal type lock-up of the Prospectus