MORE THAN JUST A DESIGNER, I consider myself a book maker, writer, pressman, illustrator, and print maker. My main interest lies in preserving the technical skills and long held beliefs in both design and image making through re-invetion. I hold and Master's Degree in Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and a Bachelor's Degree in illustration from the Savannah College of art and Design. Although I am originally from Virginia Beach, I have lived and exhibited in Savannah, Georgia, Northampton, Massachusetts, and Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I have a fondness for collecting antiques, old books, and mysterious, discarded objects. That may be what has led me to become a letterpress printer and book maker. My apprenticeship with Barry Moser of Pennyroyal Press was my first foray into hand setting type and printing letterpress. I feel a natural connection to machines and love the puzzle-like aspect of creating a ‘perfect’ print. It is an art that requires constant self-improvement and yet has a familiar repetition to it. A second mentorship with Chip Schilling of Indulgence Press sealed my resolve, and when I returned to my hometown, Panthera Press went into full swing after the acquisition of a 7x11” Platen Press. My private press has become the focal point where my skills in image making, typography, and craft come together in one practice.
I AM AN ILLUSTRATOR AND DESIGNER interested in the relationship between craft and concept. How can the materials of an object, enhance the reading of the work and provide context? I explore this question by juxtaposing contrasting ideas. Type and image work together to develop meaning in my work in the same way that craft and concept inform each other. My work exists at the intersection between religion and science - it is deeply rooted in the doctrinal traditions of my bookmaking craft and yet it embraces change, reason, and biology. In this way it attempt to bridge these two ways of being and prove that tradition can be re-invented through modern practice.
Techniques like gilding, letterpress, and paper making are given a new vitality when combined with modern ideologies, tools, and design strategies. Digital printing and gold leaf can exist side by side harmoniously, and in doing so forge new conceptual connections. In this way my work is a study in balance - a practice in learning to merge the handmade and the digitised, the sacred with the scientific.
I am wholly unable (and unwilling) to abandon the mystique of the handmade object - in spite to the fact that many designers and illustrators have embraced the shift. I count myself among those who embrace the return to craft and seek to be a new old masters. I believe a skillful handling of medium facilities a deeper relationship with content. One should not simply repeat the past through rote, empty creations, but instead innovates by re-interpreting and revitalizing past ideas and habits. Our ties to history are not shackles, they are roots from which unlimited new and vibrant life can spring.
Savannah College of Art & Design
Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Graphite & Ink
Book Binding/Case Making
Gilding & Edge Painting
Adobe Dreamwaver (HTML & CSS)
Digital Inking & Illustration
Print Production & Plate Making
Repeat Pattern Design