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.
Lynne Avadenka (Director) is an artist/printmaker creating art combining words and images. She established Land Marks Press in 1979, purchased her SP-15 press shortly after that to produce limited edition books and unique works on paper. Lynne was appointed Signal-Return Director in 2013. Her work is exhibited and collected internationally.
Lee Marchalonis (Lead Printer) works with clients to produce original posters, offers guided sessions, and handles job printing for the studio. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in printmaking from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a certificate in Book Arts and Technologies from the University of Iowa Center for the Book.
Joel Grothaus (Studio Manager) is a representational oil painter and printmaker who has been at Signal-Return since 2011. He teaches typesetting and linoleum carving workshops at Signal-Return, and also teaches painting at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. His art can be found in collections across Michigan.
Danya Ensing (Shop Manager) is an emerging Canadian artist whose multidisciplinary practice is shaped by her extensive knowledge of photographic film and darkroom printmaking. Her love for letterpress has flourished as she studies and learns the craft at Signal-Return.
What Hamilton means to me:
As a letterpress print shop and arts center in Detroit’s historic Eastern Market neighborhood, we look to Hamilton Wood Type for inspiration. As a young arts organization devoted to the preservation of the art and craft of letterpress, we look with respect to Hamilton’s long history of preservation and education, and we aspire to make a similar mark on Detroit.