How to Fix a Laptop by Amy Redmond

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How to Fix a Laptop, written by Ethan Smith (Age 9), is part of a handmade portfolio of letterpress broadsides created by printers from the School of Visual Concepts, in conjunction with Seattle Arts and Lectures' Writers in the Schools program and student-poets from Seattle Children's Hospital. The entire broadside was printed on the same Colt's Armory Press used for fine press work at Stern & Faye, Printers, using various techniques and type from their collection. The text, computer's face, and fuse spark were handset in Huxley Vertical and Spartan Book. The water background was pressure-printed using a frisket and a wave-shaped stencil (punched with holes and built-up with tape to form the dynamite), on a square-shaped wood collograph originally created by Jules Faye for her broadside Monkey Business (2001). The dynamite's fuse was also printed from a collograph, made with fishing line. Upon completion, the print had made 7 passes through the press.

Artist Bio

Amy Redmond began letterpress printing in 1998 as a departure from the non-tactile world of digital design, and apprenticed with Chris Stern and Jules Faye. While the line between her art and commercial work has since blurred, one distinction remains clear: all limited edition art prints are strictly non-digital. Text is hand-set, one letter at a time, using metal and wood typefaces. Images come from old advertising cuts, collographs, pressure printing, or linoleum cuts. Each sheet is individually hand-fed into a 1903 Colt's Armory Press, resulting in a unique yet consistent method of relief printing. Amy works in her private studio, Amada Press, and teaches letterpress printing at the School of Visual Concepts in Seattle.