Let us introduce you to one of our artisans coming to The Mom & Pop Shoppe on Saturday, April 25th. This is the second in a series of Vendor Spotlights where we let those who will be sharing their wares shine a light on what it is they do. The following profile is Letterpress Jess' response to a mini-questionnaire.
1). What's your name and what is it that you make?
I'm Letterpress Jess (Bennett) and together with Salvadora "Big Sal" Clanky, my 1963 Chandler & Price press, I craft fine letterpress art prints, journals, greeting cards, stationery, business cards, wedding invitations and event paraphernalia, and more in my studio in the downtown Canton Arts District. If it's made out of ink and paper, Sal and I would love to make it for you.
2). How did you acquire the unique skill set to do what it is you do?
I took some amazing workshops with talented printmakers in Cleveland, at the Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation and at Zygote Press. Both offer classes and studio experiences like no other in Northeast Ohio. I can't recommend them enough! Letterpress printing is truly a craft. It takes a great deal of time and care to learn the skills and nuances required to master the craft, and I'm still learning every day.
3). What is your best seller?
My "Little Going to Hell Book" Calendars! Back in the 90s, the Washington Post issued a contest prompt in their weekly "Style Invitational" asking readers a simple question: What are the little Golden Books that didn't make it? The answers are hysterical! I pulled my favorite reader submissions, paired them with some classic 50s and 60s illustrations, and put them together in a calendar collection. They almost sold out this winter. And even though we're well into April, I'll be bringing my last few to the Mom & Pop Shoppe and offering a deep discount.
4). How long have you been vending? Have you done the Mom & Pop Shoppe before?
I'm relatively new to vending and to shows. My first show was in November at the Cleveland Flea Holiday Market, and I'm looking forward to my first Mom & Pop Shoppe!
5). The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
The Beatles, no contest.
Muchas gracias to Jess for answering our questions and coming to Crafty Mart's Mom & Pop Shoppe. We'll see everyone on Saturday, April 25th, from 10am-5pm at Musica, Akron Art Museum, and Summit Artspace. You'll be able to locate Letterpress Jess at Summit Artspace.