I am a print-maker, painter, and a personal assistant living in Bloomington, Indiana. For 16 years I have worked for myself painting murals and signs, designing posters for bands and businesses, and printing numerous posters and t-shirts along the way. At various times I would assist an artist to learn a new trade. I have worked under a muralist, a resin castor, a screen-printer, and a letterpress printer. My goal is constant, continued education.
Although dabbling in printing since 2000, I switched mainly to screen-printing in 2008 and formed a collaborative company called The Collective Press. After a dissolution, in 2010 I switched primarily to letterpress printing, which I had all along been emulating. The collective instead turned into a mobile venture to learn from other print makers. I began visiting a former professor from my days at Indiana University and made several trips to the rural town of Gordo, AL to assist him, learn, and produce letterpress posters and cards. By the end of 2012 when he moved to Detroit, I had traveled there 10 times. I feel blessed to be able to spend so much time with my mentor.
In 2011 I moved my studio from a garage into an old warehouse with dozens of other artists. Within a year I grew out of that small studio and by September of 2012, I moved into the Fell Building where I had enough space to acquire a long-awaited Vandercook printing press. I am once again surrounded by several other artists’ studios, but not only that, I am in a corner of Bloomington where many collaboratives seem to be taking shape. We are located at 415 West 4th Street, which is on the southeast corner of 4th and Rogers. My shop is open most every day, though I am a personal assistant for several clients, my schedule varies. If you would like to make an appointment please contact at Thecollectivepress@gmail.com.