MANITOWOC, Wis. —The Silver Lake College art department is featuring the “Typography by Stephanie Carpenter” exhibit Jan. 15 through Feb. 19 in the Lake’s Edge Gallery in the Franciscan Center for Music Education and Performance on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
The exhibit is free and open to the public between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“Letterpress printing is a tactile art form,” said Carpenter, a letterpress printer, book artist and graphic designer who teaches graphic design courses at Silver Lake College.
“Each step of the process is a physical act, from sketching ideas on paper to gathering wood and metal type, and making impressions on 100-year-old presses,” she said. “The printing method demands that I work within a specific set of constraints; type is a set size and is created to work within a rigid grid. I explore these limitations using written language as a basis, breaking down words and letterforms to even smaller modular components, then rearranging them to communicate in a new way.”
Carpenter also is the assistant director at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in Two Rivers, where she teaches workshops, gives tours and helps catalog one of the world’s largest collections of wood type.
Her evenings are spent creating personal art in the form of posters, installations, and artists’ books. Stephanie enjoys the tactile nature of letterpress printing, creating her work using wood and metal type, hand-carved blocks and found imagery.
“Stephanie is unique in her artistic approach to typography,” said Dionne Landgraf, associate professor of art and art department co-chair at Silver Lake College. “She explores new directions while respecting art’s historical traditions of the masters of type. She shares artistic visions of typography that provide the viewer with a completely new and fascinating perspective.”
Carpenter received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication arts and graphic design from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a Master of Fine Arts in graphic design from Indiana University, Bloomington.
PHOTO: Typography by Stephanie Carpenter (above)/Submitted by the artist