8" x 10"
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.
Amy Redmond began letterpress printing in 1998 when her book design work became a quest to learn fine typography. Her multi-year apprenticeship with fine press printers/publishers Chris Stern and Jules Faye (Stern & Faye, Printers) cultivated an appreciation for traditional and experimental methods. Exploring the duality of letterforms as language and image, she composes editioned prints using metal and wood typefaces, at times incorporating linoleum carving, collagraphs, and pressure printing techniques. Precision requires planning, but migration might be allowed once ink hits paper: color organically shifts; misfeeds inspire future compositions. Committing an idea to paper leaves a tangible impression, simultaneously inviting resolution and opportunity. Amy holds a BFA from James Madison University (Virginia) and prints in her private studio, Amada Press. She works as a visual designer for clients affecting positive change in communities and teaches letterpress printing at Seattle’s School of Visual Concepts. She is a member of Seattle Print Arts, Artist Trust, the Book Arts Guild, and Amalgamated Printers Association (No. 937).
Description of Process
This print is from the 2nd edition in an iterative series exploring type as image, under the constraints of time — an exercise in spontaneity and the catharsis of being fully present in the moment. Composed of metal and wood type, all prints in the series began with a base layer formed with the capital letters ‘E’ and ‘I’. The sheets were then divided into 9 stacks of 9. As the ink color migrated on press, new layers were spontaneously designed in reaction to the previous. Each stack (edition) documents the ‘call and response’ process between the printer and the type, in which the divergent and parallel paths of a conversation are visualized. The series was letterpress printed with a Colt's Armory platen press on Neenah Classic Stipple. The characters used in this print are: E I 0 L !