13" x 20"
This piece is included in the New Impressions Exhibition on display at the museum July 14-September 30, 2020. There are a limited number of these prints available.
Frank Baseman is the Proprietor and Letterpress Printer of Base Press. The work of Base Press has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and is included in the permanent collections of the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum, Two Rivers, Wisconsin; the Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography at the Cooper Union, New York; the Print and Picture Collection of the Free Library of Philadelphia; and Tipoteca Italiana Fondazione, Cornuda, Italy. Frank Baseman is also the Creative Director and Principal of Baseman Design Associates, an award-winning interdisciplinary Graphic Design firm, and Professor in the Graphic Design Communication program at Thomas Jefferson University, where he has taught since 1998. The work of Base Press and Baseman Design Associates has received recognition from numerous national and international communication organizations, design exhibitions and publications.
Description of Process
I was invited by the University & College Designers Association (UCDA) to design a piece to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the organization, so naturally I thought of making a letterpress print. Working with lasercut states of all 50 states from Moore Wood Type, I created a collage of all of the states (including the District of Columbia; not to scale and not geographically accurate). Enjoying the randomness of the overlapping of the shapes and the colors. Small type of the states names was printed with handset metal type.