You Are Here

Starshaped Press

The full 63' x 9' wall.

You Are Here is a large-scale installation completing my 4-year Visiting Artist position at the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum. The opening of the exhibition coincided with the Museum’s November ‘22 Wazygoose, when many printers and print enthusiasts gathered to celebrate the art of letterpress and type in all its forms.

Resembling a giant landscape of buildings and natural elements, You Are Here was printed over six days at the Museum. It utilizes various sizes of large wood type, set and printed in overlapping layers before trimming and assembling into repeating patterns. Some of the smaller elements were printed in the same manner at the studio. Effort was made to showcase the unique and detailed qualities of each letterform, reexamining its day-to-day task of straightforward communication. “Windows” within the installation feature comments from the global print community, gathered in response to prompts. You Are Here offers viewers a chance to reflect on the power of print, and the sense of place it inspires.

designer, printer, assembly and installation
Jennifer Farrell
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