SPECIMENS: CONTEMPORARY LETTERPRESS
Erin Beckloff (Pressing On: The Letterpress Film)
Chris Fritton (The Itinerant Printer)
Ellen Knudson (Crooked Letter Press)
Keefe and Jack Manwaring (Calusa Press)
Ingrid Schindall (IS Projects)
Bridget Elmer and Kaitlin Crockett are artists, writers, and letterpress printers. In 2016, Bridget and Kaitlin co-founded Print St. Pete Community Letterpress, with a mission to provide affordable, accessible letterpress education to their community as a way to preserve the craft while supporting a vibrant arts scene. In addition to their work with Print St. Pete, Bridget is the Coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center at Ringling College of Art and Design, and Kaitlin currently serves as a Librarian in Manatee County.
Bridget Elmer is an artist, writer, and letterpress printer. She is currently the Coordinator of the Letterpress and Book Arts Center at Ringling College of Art and Design. Bridget studied bookbinding, letterpress printing, printmaking, and artists' books at the Cooper Union, Center for Book Arts, Penland School of Crafts, Asheville BookWorks, and the California Rare Book School. She received her MFA in the Book Arts, as well as her MLIS, from the University of Alabama. She is a frequent instructor at Ox-Bow, Penland, The Press at Colorado College, and Ringling College of Art and Design. Bridget co-owns The Southern Letterpress and she is the co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a union for reflective creative practice.
Kaitlin Crockett is a writer, artist and letterpress printer. She is currently a Children's Librarian in Manatee County, as well as an Instructional Librarian at St. Petersburg College. Kaitlin has studied letterpress and bookbinding at Florida State University, Asheville Bookworks, and Penland School of Crafts. She received her MLIS in Library Science from the University of South Florida. She was Studio Assistant in the Letterpress and Book Arts Studio at Penland in the spring of 2013. Kaitlin owns and operates Oma Darlin’ Press.