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Idaho State University Pinyon Jay Press to host Jessica Spring, visiting artist

September 20, 2016

POCATELLO – Idaho State University’s Pinyon Jay Press will host visiting artist Jessica Spring on Sept. 29. Spring has been a letterpress printer since 1989 when she learned how to set real metal type.

She has most recently been inventing Daredevil Furniture to help other printers set type in circles, curves and angles.

Spring’s work at Springtide Press, artist books, broadsides and ephemera, is included in collections around the country and abroad. She also collaborates on the Dead Feminists broadside series with illustrator Chandler O’Leary. Spring has an master of fine arts from Columbia College and teaches letterpress printing and book arts.

Spring’s visit will include two events:  a letterpress workshop and a juror’s talk at the Type, Paper, Scissors: A Broadside Exhibit at the Transition Gallery.

--Thursday, Sept. 29, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Daredevil Letterpress Workshop, Charles H Kegel Liberal Art Building room 139, Pinyon Jay Press

-- Thursday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. Opening of Broadside Exhibit with Juror’s remarks, Transition Gallery, Pond Student Union.

All events are open to the public. The Daredevil Letterpress Workshop has limited space and a deposit/materials fee of $10 per participant. Please contact Paula Jull ( to register for the Daredevil Letterpress Workshop.

The Pinyon Jay Press is a collaborative venture between the James E. Rogers Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion, the Department of English and Philosophy and the Department of Art. The press is housed in the VisComm Experimental Lab in the Liberal Arts Building. It provides faculty and students the opportunity to learn the art of fine letterpress printing.

Spring’s visit is supported by a grant from the F.M. , Anne G., and Beverly B. Bistline Foundation Fund, the James E. Rogers Department of Communication, Media, and Persuasion and the Department of Art and the Idaho State University Library  For more information, contact Naomi Adams (282-3527, or Paula Jull (282-3295,