Steam Exchange co-founder, Rachel Mauser, spent last week at the Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina. She spent much of her time working in the letterpress studio creating prints for the Steam Exchange. Her biggest project of the week was a three color print featuring the Smoketown Poetry Opera that will occur October 2nd at Youthbuild Louisville’s campus starting at 6:30 pm. The print is in collaboration with Louisville poet, Lance Newman II, who is one of the primary poets of the Poetry Opera.
“Letterpress printing is one of my favorite forms of craft because of its historical use as a practical means to transmit information. The look of a letterpress print seemed to fit perfectly with the poetry that Lance has written for the Poetry Opera. We asked Lance to read the poem aloud and took notes on lines he emphasised. We had a conversation about his ideas for the print, and I used that as a jumping off point for the design. I had such a great time working on this project!” – Rachel Mauser
Rachel printed a limited edition of these prints which will be for sale at the Smoketown Poetry Opera. They will be sold on a sliding scale of $5 – $30 with the goal of making art accessible to all!