|Title||The White City|
|Artist / Creator||Jennifer Farrell|
|Press Name||Starshaped Press|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Chicago, Il|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress|
|Paper Stock||Neenah Wrought Iron|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||14 x 18 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 125|
|Signed & Numbered||Unsigned|
This print was made in celebration of the Chicago World's Fair Columbian Exposition in 1893. Dubbed 'The White City' due to the aesthetic decision to paint all of the structures of the Fair a unifying white, it was built over the course of 2 years and hosted guests from around the world for a 6-month period. The designs of the buildings were created by the country's most prominent architects of the time; it also marked the first time the world saw a Ferris Wheel. The only substantial structure to remain is the Palace of Fine Arts, now home to Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry. I've paid tribute to The White City in this print, built entirely from metal type and ornaments, some of which date back to the Fair itself. It is a loose interpretation of the features of each structure represented, including the grounds and lagoon between them. The buildings are printed in opaque white ink as well as a transparent varnish-like ink, while the gardens and water are in soft green and blue.
Artist BioSince 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, focusing on printing everything from business cards and social stationery to music packaging and posters, as well as custom commissions and wholesale cards and prints. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer's work has been repeatedly recognized both in print and design blogs, and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe.