We are so excited to be working with three wonderful and innovative St. Louis printing presses! Each press will be transforming the copper tiles in their own unique way, and letting us in on the progress along the way. Here a little information about each artist/press:
The Firecracker Press
The Firecracker Press opened in February of 2002 as St. Louis, Missouri’s only graphic design studio and letterpress printshop. They combine antique printing technology with new thinking to design and produce objects that people enjoy seeing and feeling. They use computer design software to conceive ideas but still carve woodblocks and print by hand to produce event posters, business cards, party invitations, advertising and more. Their second location in Old North is opening this weekend, and is a really fantastic space.
Gina Alvarez, Yellow Bear
Gina Alvarez is a St. Louis artist who’s work combines printmaking, fiber, sculpture and installation. She received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Washington University as well. She is the Director of VSA Missouri and co-founder of yellow bear. yellow bear is a fine art printmaking studio located in the Kingshighway Hills neighborhood of St. Louis, MO. We hold workshops, exhibitions, residencies and more. Our address is 5201 Pernod Ave St. Louis, MO 63139.
Amanda Verbeck, Pele Prints
Collaboration is at the heart of Amanda Verbeck’s work as a visual artist. Amanda opened Pele Prints, a collaborative studio in St. Louis, where fine art printmaking is the main focus. As a printer and publisher, she acts as curator, advisor, artist, financial backer, gallerist, and technician. Each year Amanda invites a small number of artists to create prints at Pele. She explore ideas with artists in the studio, using multiple print processes as a jumping-off point; and takes a non-traditional approach and encourages experimentation. While the print medium is at the core of each project, finished pieces may also include three-dimensional components, collage, and handwork. Amanda’s goal with each artist is to create a unique body of work that displays the curiosity, learning, and constant discovery exemplified in the collaborative process at its best.
Amanda is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. After working with several presses in the St. Louis area, she started Pele Prints in 2006. Work from Pele has been exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally, and the prints can be found in numerous corporate and private collections.