This 2017 winter season we are excited to offer Champaign-Urbana and Illinois themed holiday holiday cards and paper packs. We have been on the maker's fair circuit the past two months and wind things down next week, Dec. 20-21 9:30-2:30 at the Broadway Food Hall in Urbana, IL. Come see us there!
We recently worked with artist and designer Anastasia Tumanova from We Are Clay to screen print her recent work "Flourishing Female" on some of our miscanthus grass paper. The results were great and Anastasia had this to say about our paper:
"I screen printed a series of posters on Fresh Press cotton and oatmeal papers. I was already excited that I was printing on recycled paper, helping conserve resources and save the planet one print at a time. I was even more excited with the results. The ink sat beautifully on the beautiful flecked paper. It's thick and feels higher quality than store bought paper. I can't wait to print with it again!"
"40 Hour Dollar," 6x11x5" (2015) by Karen Spiering
In 2015, we opened our studio to University of Illinois MFA Studio artist Karen Spiering, whose "life and work revolves around deep place knowing and the pursuit of stronger connections to the land/earth." After being trained on the equipment, she brought in old burlap bags to recycle into paper. We had never experimented with burlap as a material before, but allowed Karen to explore the material in our studio. The results were gorgeous. Karen made multiple "brown lunch bags" that were displayed both folded and stacked (on a pedestal) and opened and on the floor of the gallery.
We're lucky to have so many rock star student workers at Fresh Press who have helped us get to where we are today.