Maddy Underwood: A Month in the Letterpress Studio

I’m Maddy, a designer and printer, originally from Nashville, TN. I was so lucky to be able to spend the month of September playing on the letterpress and making use of FCAC’s extensive wood & metal type collection.

I had recently attended a workshop at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, where we explored using a laser engraver to make printing plates for letterpress. One thing I found really exciting there was using a combination of laser cut lines and thick gel medium to create a more painterly image for printing.

Because I had been drawing so many birds in my sketchbook recently (I am a bird enthusiast on the side!) I wanted to make some posters playing with this gel medium method. I also just wanted to make some posters for fun, using some of the wackier type I could find (such as the type on this Rochester, NY poster I did).

The work I did over the month helped me explore a new, more spontaneous side of letterpress that I’m excited to dive deeper into. Thank you to Megan and everyone at the Flower City Arts Center for having me!

“Pumpkin Spice”-Up Your Photography with These Unique Fall Classes!

Fall is quickly approaching! As one is lulled into coziness by the changing leaves, and fall festivities it is easy to forget all the great opportunities happening around you. While apple picking and tractor rides are must, make sure to clear your calendars for these four unique classes you will not want to miss.

Creating Letterpress Plates with Adobe Illustrator
Tuesdays 7-9pm, Sept. 17-Oct. 8

Interested in both printmaking and digital art? This class is right up your alley! Create photopolymer plates for letterpress printing using Adobe Illustrator. After spending two weeks in the digital lab learning some Illustrator basics and how best to design for letterpress, the class will go to the print shop to learn how to print their plates on our Vandercook presses. Your imagination is the limit!

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Image Transfers on Wood
Saturday, Sept. 28 10am-1pm

This class is a perfect chance to get creative on a tight schedule! Learn how transfer your images onto wood with this fun and easy process. Materials will be provided. Just bring some pictures that will translate well into black and white.  Wood transfers make excellent and personal gifts for your loved ones!

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Candid Street Photography
Oct. 10-17

Diversify your portfolio by branching into street photography! Get a crash course on what makes Street Photography such an exciting genre. Learn how to conquer fears of taking photos of strangers and tips on how to best prepare yourself to make candid street photos. Field trip, critiques and assignments will round out the class schedule. Don’t miss this opportunity to try something new!

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Photography in Queer Culture
Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm, Oct. 16-Nov.6

Delve into new topics and get collaborative! This class will explore photographers in the Queer Community, some who lived throughout the AIDS Epidemic, including Robert Mapplethorpe and Félix González-Torres; and some who are still making work today, such as Zanele Muholi. Throughout this month, we will collaborate on a class project that will depict our views and experiences in the Queer Community in the form of images and/or writing.

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If non of these classes strike your interest, try taking a look at our full class list. Happy Fall!