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.
This is the first poster for the Ham at 20 series and was designed and printed by Jennifer Farrell and Raychel Steinbach using type from the collection at Starshaped Press. Check out more about the project here.
Jennifer Farrell, Starshaped Press
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.
What Hamilton means to me:
Type is at the very heart of all my work, including wood type. The physicality and tactile nature of it makes it a wonderfully suitable material for building projects, one sort at a time. As a Midwesterner, I have a strong sense of the industries that made our region great and Hamilton is among them. That the Museum can carry on preserving the legacy of its type creation while allowing anyone to experience printing firsthand through classes and workshops makes it the best kind of museum and one worth supporting.
Raychel Steinbach, Current Location Press
Raychel Steinbach received her BFA in Printmaking, Papermaking, and Book Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2009. Raychel prints under the name Current Location Press and focuses on handset type combined with carved blocks inspired by nature and community. She has apprenticed with several shops across the Midwest to hone her skills in letterpress printing and typesetting, most notably with Jen Farrell of Starshaped Press. She has previously been the 2016 Printing Apprentice at Spudnik Press, Chicago; 2015 Windgate Resident Project Manager at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum, Wisconsin; 2014 Artist in Residence at ComPeung, Northern Thailand; and a teaching artist at Silverwood Park, Minnesota.
What Hamilton means to me:
I began volunteering at Hamilton in 2009, shortly after I graduated from MCAD with a degree in fine art printmaking. I made visiting the museum a priority over the past 10 years. The annual Hamilton Wayzgoose allowed me to connect with other printers, learn from them, and build a community around the museum. When living abroad, I planned my trip to the States around the Wayzgoose, as the community have become a second family.