Ham at 20 is a collaborative poster project celebrating the twentieth anniversary of The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. For each month of 2019, a new poster (or two!) will be released via the Hamilton website shop in an edition of 50; 25 will be reserved for year-end portfolios that include all prints. The posters are being created by a roster of accomplished letterpress printers and promising up-and-comers starting in the field.
Brady Vest Hammerpress, Kansas City
Brady vest is the founder and owner of Hammerpress in Kansas City Missouri. Moving from Oklahoma to Kansas City to attend the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, his interest became focused on printmaking and later more focused on letterpress specifically.
Much of his early projects focused on collaborative projects with other artist and musician friends, creating poetry books, flyers and packaging for records and compact discs for local bands. After the Art Institute, a small studio was set up and he began to work on more commercial projects as well as continuing to work on music packaging and posters. Over the last 25 years the shop has grown to incorporate custom design and print projects for customers all over the United States, a wholesale line of stationery products sold nationwide and internationally.
What Hamilton means to me:
When I first started getting in to letterpress printing, it was nearly impossible to find resources or working letterpress shops / museums to visit. On the rare occasion you might find an article in a design magazine or a newspaper about some little book maker and print shop in the mountains of California or an alleyway in Germany or some other far away place. Eventually you’d hear of places like Hatch Show Print, but in 1994 or so even then that was pretty under the radar. There were very few resources that were easily accessible that were both museums of the history of letterpress and also institutions that represented what the modern version or interpretation of that process was. Hamilton Wood Type Museum, like Hatch Show Print, has become that resource to so many people. It’s function is both to teach the history of a place in time, a process now obsolete in the modern world to most outsiders, but also inspire and excite those that see it’s relevance as a contemporary art form.