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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lari Gibbons at Penland School of Crafts

Work by Lari Gibbons
Associate Professor Lari Gibbons was an artist-in-residence at Penland School of Crafts, where she worked in the letterpress studio with lead printer Rory Sparks for two weeks in January. The project was supported by a UNT Small Grant.

See work completed at the residency.
See process photos of the project and campus.

Penland's letterpress studio

Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Penland is a national center for craft education offering workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking and letterpress, textiles, and wood. The school also offers artists' residencies, community collaboration programs, and a gallery and information center.

Rory Sparks is a private practice bookbinder and printer specializing in collaborative limited edition artist books, traditional French style leather binding, and custom designed books and portfolios for artists. A letterpress printer and bookbinder for sixteen years, Rory has taught at the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, Portland Art Museum, and Oregon College of Art and Craft, among others. She recently founded Em Space in Portland, Oregon where artists can have access to space and rare equipment for their print and book art practice.

Lari is an associate professor in Printmaking and the director of Print Research Institute of North Texas (P.R.I.N.T Press). With Laura Drapac (MFA 2012), Cat Snapp (MFA 2012), Linda Lucia Santana (MFA 2013) and Christopher Wallace (MFA 2013) she helped restore several letterpresses at UNT.

Thank you to UNT's Office of Research and Economic Development and to the College of Visual Arts and Design for making this project possible.