Mind Your Ps and Qs at the Circus

18 Apr

If you thought you were too old for picture books, think again. The work of Jessica Spring, matriarch of Tacoma’s letterpress community, is just begging to be read, admired, visually perused, and played with. Jessica’s work employs text and images, using a variety of “old-fangled technologies from papermaking to letterpress printing” to delight people of all ages, even those that can’t read yet.  

Detail from "Printer's Blocks" artist book by Jessica Spring. Photo by Tim Allen.

Jessica will be presenting a talk, “Minding Your Ps and Qs”, on April 25th at 7 – 8:30 pm in the Collins Library, room 020. The talk coincides with an exhibit of her work, “Circus Libris”, which runs through May 14 at Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound.

Jessica is the proprietor of Springtide Press where she crafts small limited edition letterpress pieces that consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective. In 2011, she was awarded the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s fourth annual Foundation of Art Award. Jessica’s work has been exhibited in many local and regional exhibits. She frequently collaborates with other artists and founded the letterpress and book arts event in Tacoma known as Wayzgoose.  Jessica earned her MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts and teaches book arts at Pacific Lutheran University. Her books are part of many collections including the British Library, Northwestern, University of Washington, Yale, the Ringling School of Art & Design, and the Collins Memorial Library.

The Tacoma Arts Commission is proud to support Jessica’s work though Tacoma Artists Initiative Program funding. 

Detail from "Printer's Blocks" artist book by Jessica Spring. Photo by Tim Allen.

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