Makeready: Dead Feminists
from Print to Page
Jessica Spring and Chandler O'Leary
On view through October 29, 2016
Artists Reception and Book Signing: October 22, 2016 ,
Since beginning their Dead Feminists series of letterpress-printed broadsides in 2008, collaborators Chandler O’Leary and Jessica Spring have featured 24 different women from history, connecting their words and stories to current social and political issues. The newest chapter in the series is the publication of Dead Feminists: Historical Heroines in Living Color a book about the series published by Sasquatch, set for release on October 11, 2016. The concurrent exhibition at 23 Sandy Gallery delves into the process of creating both the prints and the book, from original drawings and ephemera to the latest print in the series to be revealed concurrently with the book release.
Each signed and numbered limited-edition broadside in the Dead Feminists series is letterpress printed by Jessica Spring and illustrated and hand-lettered by Chandler O'Leary. A portion of the proceeds of each piece is donated to a cause that aligns with the issue highlighted by the artwork.
“Dead Feminists offers well-researched and meticulously illustrated insight into some of America’s inspiring historic heroines—but it also goes way beyond that. This book is a profound and super-smart look at feminist craft, creation, and collaboration, and reminds us that what goes on behind the scenes can be just as powerful as the finished product. I am so grateful to Chandler and Jessica for allowing us into their radical world.”
— Kate Schatz, author of Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide
Broadsides are a form of street literature popular from the 16th to the mid-19th centuries as large printed sheets of paper, designed to be plastered onto walls. By the mid 19th century, the advent of newspapers and inexpensive novels resulted in the demise of the street literature broadside. Today, broadsides are a popular artistic endeavor for printers, publishers and designers. Most are letterpress printed and feature poetry or literature combined with typography or hand lettering and illustrations.
Jessica is the proprietor of Springtide Press, where she designs, prints and binds unique artist books, broadsides and ephemera, incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-crafted editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective. Jessica has a MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper, and now lives and works in Tacoma, Washington.
Chandler is an illustrator and lettering artist. She has a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, and creates her own line of prints and paper goods under her in-house brand Anagram Press. She also does lettering and illustration work for publications and brands throughout the U.S., and posts her sketchbook drawings on her illustrated travel blog, Drawn the Road Again. She lives just a few blocks from Jessica in Tacoma.