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.
Brad Vetter is a designer, artist, educator and letterpress printer currently based in Louisville, Kentucky. After studying graphic design at Western Kentucky University, Brad spent eight years honing his craft at the legendary letterpress print shop Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. Brad left Hatch in 2012 to start his own letterpress and design studio, Brad Vetter Design. Bouncing between 18th and 21st century technology and techniques, he continues to hand print rock-n-roll posters—using a combination of antique type/presses and a high-tech laser engraver—while also introducing more traditional graphic design to his studio practice. Brad frequently lectures and hosts workshops throughout the US as well as teaching the occasional design & print class at universities.
What Hamilton means to me:
I first drove up to Hamilton in 2008 with Jim Sherraden and Stacey Stern after a workshop in Chicago. Our anticipation of seeing the museum for the first time was building —even though we stopped for fries and milkshakes in Milwaukee—so we sped up to Two Rivers! While I was super excited to explore the museum and see the amazing collections inside, we were greeted at the door by Jim and Bill Moran and a few other dirty volunteers who had been unpacking the recently acquired Globe Collection. After hugs and catching up and small talk and hours of great conversation later, it was time for the museum to close. I did get to explore the museum the following day, but it became very apparent to me after that first visit that this museum was important for two reasons. The first brought me there that first time: the education and preservation of the historic letterpress equipment, type & collections within its walls. The second reason is why I keep coming back; the humans that are there to celebrate, preserve, listen and tell the stories of our craft.