Friday, September 28, 2012

Homage to Wildwood Press

Tonight is the opening of Wildwood Press' retrospective show, Mark Making, at Saint Louis University's gallery. Go see this show! It's a truly impressive display of the work of an incredible lady and an inspiring studio. With this exhibition opening, now seems like the perfect time to say a few words.

Over thirteen years ago, I wandered into a contract print shop at Washington University and met the most amazing person, Maryanne Simmons. I'll never forget that, when I kept asking questions about what she was working on, she put me to work right then and there sponging photo litho plates. Since then, I have had the privilege to work for and learn from Maryanne at her incredible studio—Wildwood Press.

I could go on and on about how much Maryanne and Wildwood mean to me, but I'll try to keep this short and sweet. There are those people in life who completely shape and change your course. At Wildwood Press, I learned how to be a true collaborator and printer from Maryanne. Her grace, generosity, and humor are all traits I aspire to emulate. And I hope that just a fraction of the spirit of Wildwood Press—fearless, experimental, and bold—carry over into Pele and what I have created at my own studio.

Thanks, Maryanne, for being a such a wonderful mentor and friend. xo

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