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Printing Matters speaks to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative workspaces, sketchbooks and prints made using all kinds of techniques and mediums. The artists in Issue 18 are, in many cases, reflecting on their life and practice. Within these pages you’ll find printmakers looking to their heritage, exploring their identity through print and working with others to bring stories to life with ink and paper. Whether our featured artists are focused on life-size prints or miniature masterpieces, the passion and personality in their work is undeniable.

Printing Matters speaks to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative workspaces, sketchbooks and prints made using all kinds of techniques and mediums. The artists in Issue 18 are, in many cases, reflecting on their life and practice. Within these pages you’ll find printmakers looking to their heritage, exploring their identity through print and working with others to bring stories to life with ink and paper. Whether our featured artists are focused on life-size prints or miniature masterpieces, the passion and personality in their work is undeniable.

Printing Matters speaks to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative workspaces, sketchbooks and prints made using all kinds of techniques and mediums.

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]

Printing Matters speaks to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative workspaces, sketchbooks and prints made using all kinds of techniques and mediums.

Printing Matters speaks to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative workspaces, sketchbooks and prints made using all kinds of techniques and mediums.

Printing Matters speaks to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative workspaces, sketchbooks and prints made using all kinds of techniques and mediums.

Printing Matters speaks to artists about their creative processes and passion for print. Expect inky fingers, creative workspaces, sketchbooks and prints made using all kinds of techniques and mediums.

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]