Jennifer Farrell

Starshaped Press

In 2019, Jennifer’s Starshaped Press celebrated its 20th year alongside that of the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. It was also the beginning of her 4 year engagement as Visiting Artist at the Museum, which kicked off with the collaborative posters series, Ham at 20. We’ll be revisiting some of the fantastic prints from this project which sold to benefit Hamilton, as well as the many talented faces behind them. Jennifer will also discuss some of the critical concepts of connection that unite printers with their ultimate purpose of visual communication and seeking personal meaning through the work of their hands. This was especially crucial throughout the pandemic and continues to be so while navigating the spaces that follow.

Understanding that wood type and the printers who use it are both altered by individual experiences, her gallery installation, You Are Here, combines the rich visual textures of the first and the verbal of the latter. It breaks down wood type prints into repeat patterns that form a recognizable built environment that reflects a similar human experience, one that is shaped by a diversity of physical locations, realities and struggles. We’ll be viewing an entertaining summary of how this large work came to life.

Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, focusing on printing everything from business cards to posters, as well as custom commissions, wholesale ephemera and limited edition prints & books. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized in books, magazines and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe.