When we developed this workshop, we were looking for an opportunity to have students new to letterpress printing dig in, be creative and be experimental right off the bat. A coaster is the perfect foundation for printers to play with wood type, lead type, ornaments, and our collection of antique cuts.
Through layering color and image, students can make a dozen unique coasters, or settle on a favorite look to create matching sets. Spudnik Press will provide the option of beginning with white paper-based coasters or cork coasters, and students simply need to come to class ready to sift through type cases and dabble in the centuries old process of letterpress printing.
Ryan received his BS in Studio Art focusing in Communication Design from Skidmore College (2008) and his MFA in Visual Communication Design from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). His foundation in the world of Graphic Design with a comprehensive typographic education turned into a deep-seated passion when he met letterpress. Typographic forms spoke to him more so than any other medium he’d previously encountered; combining that love with paper into hand printed form was like discovering a new religion. Since Ryan’s discovery of letterpress in graduate school, his life has been redirected around this method of printmaking, so much so that he quit an old job an hour after the purchase of his first press; in that moment he started his own business, Double Trip Press.