This is one of two articles about this exhibit. Read the other one here.
The 'You Are Here' exhibit at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum incorporates letterpress-printed responses with hand-written responses into one installation by Jennifer Farrell of Starshaped Press, Hamilton’s Visiting Artist 2019–2022.
Printers were invited to add their voices to the installation by completing one of several prompts provided by Jennifer.
- To me, print is:
- I can create when:
- I worry about:
- I make space for:
- I can heal by:
- I contribute to printing by:
- I am comforted by:
- Making prints:
- Working with my hands:
- My community is:
- I can build:
- ___________makes me feel safe.
- ___________brings me joy.
- ___________is home to me.
The printers' responses were then hand-set and letterpress-printed by Jennifer, integrated into a large scale installation resembling a giant landscape of buildings and natural elements. The installation utilizes various sizes of large wood type, set and printed in overlapping layers before trimming and assembling into repeating patterns.
The installation of letterpress-printed components included Post-Its and pens, allowing exhibit visitors to add their hand-written responses to the printed 'landscape' installation in the gallery.
The resulting gallery experience is a unique blend of Jennifer's woodtype-printed pattern 'landscape', letterpress-printed thoughts, and hand-written thoughts about connection, community, and the role of printing.
What would you have to say?