In this post, I am going to try to sum up what happened at the ladies of letterpress conference and pull out a couple highlights. Over a period of 3 days, there were presentations from commercial letterpress printers, university professors, bloggers and printmakers. It was a fantastic flood of information that I am still trying to wrap my head around.
In addition to the panels at the hotel, there were demonstrations at Asheville Bookworks, a community print shop in West Asheville (a really cool arts district). I snapped some instagram images of their amazing presses and the hatch show print exhibit.
The cute and quirky Kelly McMahon did a tabletop press demonstration. I spy some of our new friends, Vick and Luke (ok, so I really only see Luke).
There was a papermaking demonstration… I would love to make paper someday when I have more space and a Vandercook (for book arts and large art prints).
The dead feminist presentation was one of the biggest highlights. The Dead Feminist series is a collaboration of letterpress prints by Jessica Spring and Chandler O’Leary. They have collaborated to create art prints based around the life and accomplishments of women from history. Chandler does all of the illustration by hand, it’s pretty crazy amazing. I will be sharing more about the process and prints we bought in an upcoming post.
We also got to hang around in Asheville, which just happens to be one of our favorite towns. There is so much art, music, shopping and culture. PLUS, it’s home to my favorite vegetarian restaurant, Laughing Seed Café.
Stay tuned for part 3 in my Ladies of Letterpress conference wrap-up series. I will be sharing practical stuff about what I learned.