Since 2010 Hamilton Wood Type has hosted our Visiting Artists Program for printer's who've made significant contributions to the craft of letterpress. We're honored to showcase these individuals who serve as ambassadors for the museum, print with our collection and work to advance Hamilton's mission as a working museum.
In 2018, the Museum chose Jen Farrell of Starshaped Press as our fourth Visiting Artist. It is a three-year post held by an artist that Hamilton decides has a combination of skills that allow them use of our pressroom and collection to further their work while enhancing the museum’s visibility. Jen’s outstanding abilities as a printer and artist, coupled with her excellence as a teacher and communicator make her an excellent Visiting Artist to interpret collections and support our mission of education and preservation.
Jen Farrell is first and foremost a letterpress printer. Her Chicago-based studio, Starshaped Press, began in 1999. In her shop she uses a carefully tended collection of historic printing materials to design and produce contemporary projects using handset type. She is well-known for her densely composed pictorial prints built from metal type and type ornaments. “I’m proud that Starshaped has stayed true to the mission of preserving the tools of letterpress printing,” Jen says, “while pushing the craft forward and contributing to the vibrant print community.”
In 2019, Jen initiated the ambitious Ham at 20 collaborative poster series, celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. This ambitious collection of prints featured work by established printers, educators, print centers and up-and-comers in the field. Remaining prints and full portfolios are available here with all sales directly benefiting the Museum.
We are honored to have Jen associated with Hamilton. You can find her work at: starshaped.com
Previous Visiting Artists include:
Jim Sherraden has been an active and popular printmaker since 1980 and his work is collected by individuals and institutions worldwide. His art has toured with the Smithsonian and has been shown at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as multiple venues both in the United States and abroad. He is also an award winning author and lyricist.
Since 1984 Sherraden’s name has been synonymous with Hatch Show Print, the iconic letterpress poster and design shop in Nashville, Tennessee. For his work at Hatch, Sherraden was a recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Artist Award for the state of Tennessee, is the American Advertising Nashville 2013 Silver Medalist, and was awarded the Krider Prize for Creativity by the UCDA in the fall of 2014.