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Printmaking is a useful prism to look at life through, using art to explore a world of your own creation or take a deep dive into the things you love ? be that nature, architecture or in some cases skulls and flames. more


This year Pressing Matters 9 was completely rethought; the aim was to present an Open Source publication that shares the Department of Architecture’s concept of design-research, an integral approach of critical thinking, rigorous research, and a deep understanding of the complex layers of architecture. Together with [expand title="more"] Jonathan Jackson of the renowned design Studio WSDIA in NYC, a more integral design was developed, allowing input from research [ARI labs], students, faculty and Penn’s special events. The content and layout focus on an in-depth representation on how in recent years we have integrated expertise and content from our courses into our Design Studio’s. Pressing Matters is an annual design and research compilation from the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, showcasing student work, faculty research, and innovations in pedagogy. The Department launched the one-year MSD-RAS program this year, directed by Assistant Professor Robert Stuart-Smith. The Master of Science in Design: Robotics and Autonomous Systems aims to critically develop novel approaches to the design, manufacturing, construction, use, and lifecycle of architecture through creative engagement with robotics, material systems, and design-computation. Students will develop skills in advanced forms of robotic fabrication, simulation, and artificial intelligence, in order to develop methods for design that harness production or live adaptation as a creative opportunity. This is an excellent addition to our already existing MSD programs: the MSD-EBD directed by Professor Bill Braham and the MSD-AAD directed by Professor Ali Rahim, all presented in Pressing Matters 9. [/expand]

Find more back-issues here. Printmaking is a useful prism to look at life through, using art to explore a world of your own creation or take a deep dive into the things you love – be that nature, architecture or in some cases skulls and flames. [expand title="more"]In the pages of this issue, we see our featured artists stretch out into their worlds through the medium of ink and paper, with fantastic and often thought-provoking results. We’re excited to have opened up our magazine insert to the printmaking community – we launched our 'Black & Red' insert challenge on Instagram at the start of May and it was fabulous seeing all of the submissions throughout the month. We’re pleased to showcase a wide variety of entries along with the winner. We hope you enjoy checking out a selection of wonderful work, made with just two colours.[/expand]

Issue 15 could well be our most diverse edition yet, taking in collage and abstraction, collaboration and play. [expand title="more"]Our featured artists may find their inspiration from different sources, but it’s their shared love of ink on paper that binds them together as printmaking allies. Whether they’re representing people or place in their own unique way – often using intriguing tools and approaches to their work – they help us to navigate the world through their creative offerings. Seeing things through the eyes of another has long been important, now seemingly more so than ever before. So, let’s embrace the rich variety of printmaking in these pages and the people who make it. It’s a gift to us all and one that just keeps on giving.[/expand]

Issue 14 is a celebration of artists digging deep in their everyday lives to keep on creating. Making work that’s borne from a need to stay connected [expand title="more"]to the things they love – their culture, their love of nature and sometimes their favourite musicians. FEATURED ARTISTS/STUDIOS Catherine Ade • Laura Berman • Meg Buick • Cakolyre • Tommy Fachiri • Ellie Hayward • Megan Hopkin • Sayaka Kawamura • Limerick Printmakers • LSAD • Jim McElvaney • Karl Morgan • Dennis Muraguri • Rod Nelson • Nzinga Project • Simone Philippou • Barnaby Lawrence Smith • Izzy Williamson • Elizabeth Jean Younce • YUK FUN[/expand]

For more back issues click here. As you can see with our cover choice, we’ve decided to ‘bring the brightness’ with this issue. That doesn’t mean all of the art featured in this issue’s pages are day-glo, [expand title="more"]more that we want the publication to be a positive and uplifting moment for our readers in increasingly uncertain times. Whether it’s the bold and bright works of Emma Fisher, Kate Clarke and Hannah Brown, fizzing with energy and brilliance, or the surprising colour choices of Robert Tavener’s landscape prints, there’s something about using bright colours that makes you smile and breathe in the vibrancy of the artwork a little longer. FEATURED ARTISTS/STUDIOS Norman Ackroyd • Awagami Factory • Andreas Brekke • Hannah Brown • Nathan Catlin Kate Clarke • Kate Dicker • Jill Dunn • Emma Fisher • Stephen Fowler • Rick Griffith Lieven Hendrickx • Jesse Kirsch • Rosie Leech • Ruttiporn Leepanuwong Neu Haus Press • Print Club Torino • Robert Tavener • Alina Tyshchuk[/expand]

Find back-issues here. Like many of our readers, we’ve been gradually adjusting to these unprecedented times of pandemic and protest. Through hard work and commitment from all involved, this issue has become a time capsule of artists working during (and reflecting on) lockdown.[expand title="more"]One project that was well and truly borne out of this strange time in history is the brilliant Offcut Project – an ingenious idea by Suki from The Print Block, who created editions with artists using her paper offcuts and has raised funds for important charities in the process. Kyle Hawley and her all-female team at Letterpress PLAY also make the most of their materials by ensuring all of their products have multiple uses – what gets cut, gets kept. Proof that when things change, we change with them and often the ideas that bloom are just as creative as ever. The slower pace of things and spending more time in your own company can sometimes feel daunting, however printmakers are in a unique position to reflect these emotions in their art. The print community has also come together offering its support to the Black Lives Matter movement – be it through the free use of Riso printing or placard making at letterpress workshops. Print has always found itself a key means of mass communication, even in a more digital age. US printmaker Jamaal Barber discusses with Tanekeya Word the complexities of black as a colour and Black as a culture and how he infuses his work with impact and authenticity.[/expand]

As self-employed artists and printmakers, many of our readers may also be looking to the future and taking stock of the challenges ahead. But the printmaking community (along with the world as a whole) [expand title="more"]is getting creative and finding new ways to stay in touch and be there for each other – live-streaming their making sessions and sharing their knowledge and processes like never before. It feels more important than ever to connect people with the universal themes within the articles in this issue. Be it Yu Chengyou’s landscapes that evoke a much needed sense of calm, or John Amoss through-hiking the Appalachian trail – a true tale of endurance and reflection. If you are self-isolating and need to look to new sources of inspiration, Evgeniya Dudnikova’s mixing of dreams and memories is something we can all try – so get that sketch book out, drift a while and write down your ideas – they might come in handy. It’s definitely a time to reflect and take note of the important things in life. For so many of us, playing with print is as much a form of meditation as it is a creative expression, so make sure you are taking time to cut, ink and print – a much needed creative outlet during these strange and changing times.[/expand]

As Pressing Matters start a new year, new ideas and projects come to the fore – exciting experiments and the appetite to take on a new technique or push a style further. [expand title="more"]Whether you are like our minimal, monochrome cover stars Jollygoodfellow, or Mark Wheatley and Chris Sleath with their fizzy colour prints, it’s clear there’s plenty of space to explore in your given field and you printmakers seem to be doing this in ever more creative ways. There’s also a sense that printmakers are getting more aware of the impact of printing on the environment and looking closer at sustainability in their practices. Artist Sarah Gillespie’s etching of moths highlight the steep decline of these wonderful insects and a group of masked letterpress disruptors list the re-use of materials as a key point in their manifesto. Even ideas can be recycled and re-defined, with Nanette Wallace’s haunting monoprints a reminder that working with what you have can make for richer narratives in prints and surprising, unplanned moments.[/expand]

If there’s a theme running through Pressing Matters #9, it’s one of community and resilience – be it the fierce friendship and ‘commitment to the cause’ found at East London Printmakers or the search for a new place to print like the adventures of Sinclair Ashman’s US residency or Kay Van Bellen’s more permanent move to a new country. [expand title="more"]Stories that speak of togetherness, but are never without an element of mild peril. We hear from a host of makers taking inspiration from their surroundings and creating their own personal narratives, such as John Fellows’ epic mountain prints and Fenne Kustermans’ zines that explore her need for solitude. And, by taking a look at the positive effect that creativity can have on mental health, we shine a light on the importance of making personal work, just for yourself, as much as showing it or selling it. Continuing our journey into the far corners of the printmaking world, we talk to US artist Don Kilpatrick III about his unique shoe prints and out-of-this-world woodcuts. Around the time of the launch of this issue, I signed up to a relief printing course and I’ll be thinking of all of these great printmakers whilst trying my best at linocut, woodcut and more – no doubt they’ll help me to build up my own resilience, to keep printing and make the most of being part of a vibrant printmaking community, both near and far.[/expand]