Three print artists will join us this year, one as a featured artist demonstrating throughout the weekend!
DinoCat Studio is a Des Moines-based studio specializing in hand-crafted, fine art woodcut printmaking and paper art. Our woodcut prints and paper art are lovingly created start-to-finish by hand. Original artwork is produced in open edition series with top shelf materials. DinoCat Studio was founded by Hannah Gebhart in 2017. She works from her basement studio with the help of her two feline contributors, Jocko and Thumper, and her dog Kinglsey Shacklebolt. Gebhart received her BFA in Graphic Design with a focus on Printmaking from Drake University, Des Moines, in 2009.
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Sarah McCoy is owns and operates a letterpress Studio–The Permanent Collection Letterpress + Design Studio located in the vibrant East Village neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa, USA. She designs and prints all of her products. Sarah received an M.A. 2003 and M.F.A. 2005 from The University of Iowa School of Art and Art History in Graphic Design. Graduated with a Graduate Certificate in 2006 from The University of Iowa Center for the Book with a concentration in letterpress printing. Sarah has been actively printing since 2002, exhibiting work and leading letterpress workshops both nationally and internationally. Most recently at Association Typographique Internationale, Letterpress Workshop Letterpress Printing from Leftover Bits and Pieces, in the fall of 2018 in Antwerp, Belgium. McCoy’s work has been included in various national and international Letterpress and book arts exhibitions such as the New Impressions Traveling Exhibition at the Design College Australia in Brisbane, Australia and NERAM (New England regional Art Museum) in Armadale, Australia, February 2017. Her work has most recently been published in Random Spectacular: Interrobang: a Showcase of Contemporary Letterpress Works. April, 2016. Random Spectacular is the publishing imprint of design collective and print gallery St Jude’s, Norwich, England. Her work has been featured in Midwest Living Magazine feature article, “Just My Type” (November/December 2015) and Princeton Architectural Press’s book (April 2015), Ladies of Letterpress: A Gallery of Prints. Her artist book work is included in many University special collections such as Yale and Stanford. Sarah is also a full-time Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Drake University in the department of Art and Design.
Mel Stockwell *Featured Artist*
Mel Stockwell owns and operates The Calico Press, a small printshop on her farm in Southeast Iowa. When her career of 18 years in Print & Design was shaken by the recession in 2010, Mel took advantage to gather her print belongings to one location and open her own doors for business. To say that her business is multi-faceted is an understatement. Mel’s daily to-do list ranges from designing brochures to carving linoleum to restoring antique printing presses.
In 1988, she was first introduced to an etching press at Coe College where she earned her BA. Together with her farm upbringing and knowledge of metal working, a passion ignited. That passion has grown to include all aspects of printing: providing quality letterpress works, fine art prints, computer generated graphic design, and preserving early print-related processes by instructing classes throughout the US.
In addition to running her own print shop, Mel is also the Director of Villages Folk School, a member of Printers’ Hall in Mt. Pleasant where she organizes Steam Roller Printing at the annual Midwest Old Threshers Reunion. She is also a member of the Amalgamated Printers Assoc., Fort Madison Area Arts Assoc. and Fairfield Art Assoc.
She has taught classes at the Ladies of Letterpress and Amalgamated Printers Assoc. annual conferences; as well as Hamilton Wood Type Museum & several Midwest high
schools, colleges and universities. She is active with the Iowa Arts Council and creative placemaking within Van Buren County.
She enjoys working on trucks, hunting, spending time with family and apparently anything heavy, greasy, rusty, or hard to move.