Burnham Unfolds by Jessica Spring

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Architect and urban designer Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912) directed the construction of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, known as the White City. His 1909 master plan for Chicago focused on the stunning lakefront and put every resident within walking distance of a park. His words, letterpress printed with handset type on an expanding origami form diagrams the print: "Make big plans; aim high in hope & work, remembering that a noble, logical diagram will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever-growing insistence." The type is laid out on a path around the form, set on diagonals to surround ornaments.

Artist Bio

Proprietor Jessica Spring started setting cold type on a Compugraphic Editwriter 7300 phototypesetting machine (a huge console with a big green screen) in 1982 as an undergraduate English major, beginning a lifelong interest in typography. She learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer ever since. Her work at Springtide Press-artist books, broadsides and ephemera-is included in collections around the country and abroad. Collaborations are an important part of her work, either printing for other artists or teaching students traditional letterpress printing, typography and book arts. She has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper and teaches letterpress printing and book arts.