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.
Our submission for HAM at 20 was a collaboration among community residents and program participants. Printed at Central Print by Marie Oberkirsch and Kirsten O’Loughlin with the help of Thom Fletcher, Timothy and Nehemiah Johnson, and attendees at our 5th Anniversary celebration on June 5th, 2019.
Central Print’s Executive Director, Marie Oberkirsch is a maker, collector and teacher holding a BFA from the University of Kansas in Textile Design and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber. Her understanding of pattern, printing and weaving combined with her passion for artifacts led her to the art of letterpress printmaking. With an extensive background in non-profit arts and event management Marie is committed to preserving and promoting letterpress through education and public programs, along with letterpress restoration projects.
Born Lauren Ipsum to devoted Huguenot parents in the South of France, Kirsten discovered an almost supernatural affinity for the aquatic at an early age. She was late for her 4th birthday party as a result of going for an extra lap during her time trials swimming around the island of Corsica.
As her magnetic personality blossomed during adolescence, it was noted that her furious strokes were capable of dislodging large metallic objects from the sea floor, which led to a growing cottage industry of salvaged type following in her wake. Some of the rescued metal she kept for their sentimental value, including a 1500 lb. Chandler & Price that her electric aura brought up from the wreckage of the Lusitania.
After many travels in the New World, she set up shop in San Louis, so as not to favor one ocean over the other. Her prodigious strength and unique style found a simpatico resonance with the city, and she became Grand Pudding Ambassador for all things propagandish. Taking a nom de skate that reflected her enormous appetite for life 24/7, she regularly uses her vast arsenal of heavy-metal typefaces to lay down nonsensical blatherings for the people. (written by Fojammi)
What Hamilton means to me:
Hamilton wood type inspires our work in the community in numerous ways. The energy and innovation we bring back each fall after taking part in their Wayzgoose event inspires our participants to try new methods and learn more about printers they admire. The cases of wood type we pull out of the cabinets show the importance of the art and industry of letterpress printing. We share the history of type by showing the Hamilton mark on the “A” while imagining what was printed with that same character 100 years ago. Hamilton Wood Type lets us acknowledge our place in history, while inspiring us to shape our future, through print.