This is going to be a short, photo-heavy post since I’m traveling. I had a whirlwind of a day at MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), where I’ll be lecturing and teaching a workshop tomorrow. It started with breakfast with Yoojin Kim, a senior here who specializes in pop-ups and was so highly recommended by colleagues that I invited her to do a project for my upcoming book Playing With Pop-Ups. She is in her final semester of school, so I’ll cut her a bit of slack if she can’t pull this off… but I really hope that she can! Check out this amazing 8 foot tall collapsible tree that she made when she was still in high school.
Gail Deery, printmaking faculty and hostess extraordinaire hooked me up, and I got to see the work of several students working in print, books and paper, and I toured Globe Press, which houses a huge collection of wood type. MICA acquired type and posters from Globe Poster Printing Corporation, historically one of the nation’s largest showcard printers, has been telling the story of American music and entertainment through bright and iconic posters since 1929.
After lunch I met Tony White, head librarian of Special Collections in MICA’s library. We had a lovely conversation – talking about our colleagues and friends, our educations at about the same at two different liberal arts colleges, and of course, artists’ books.
On the way back to the print and paper building, I stopped by a school gallery with a show of Lenore Tawney’s work. I hadn’t heard of Tawney until about 8 years ago, but her string pieces and drawings are influential to my own work. What a treat to see this work in person!
Back in the print and paper building, I toured Dolphin Press & Print. The press is a professional printmaking and letterpress shop housed in the Printmaking Department, which was designed to promote collaboration between visual artists, writers and students in order to produce limited-edition letterpress books and broadsides. Students actually get to work on projects with artists and get credit at the same time!
The rest of the day was spent preparing pulp and setting up for tomorrow’s workshop. More on that soon!