Close Quarters: Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell

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Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. For our summer 2017 Close Quarters, we will be talking with artist Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell.

Close Quarters: Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell
Thursday, July 13, 2017, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)
3023 N Rampart Street, between Clouet and Montegut

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Bio:
Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell is a visual artist from New Orleans, Louisiana, focusing on drawing, animation, installation, and performance. In 2009 she received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with Tufts University. She then returned to New Orleans where she is involved in several artist-run spaces and non-profit projects, including Antenna Gallery and New Orlean’s 24hr Draw-a-thon. For several years Amanda also ran an artist-in-residence program off of her sofa called the 723 Louisa Street Artist in Residence Program and an art gallery out of her apartment called 723 Louisa Street Digest. Over the course of four years, 723 Louisa Street Digest hosted exhibitions of over two dozen artists’ work, site-specific installations, artist brunches, and a screening series called Porch TV that was projected on a bed sheet hung on her front porch. In 2014, Amanda founded The NOCCA Institute’s 5 Press Gallery, which she ran for three years. 

 
Amanda is currently working on creating a collection of her own clip art.

Close Quarters: Christopher Deris

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Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. For our spring 2017 Close Quarters, we will be talking with artist Christopher Deris.

Close Quarters: Christopher Deris
April 13, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)
The NOCCA Institute’s 5 Press Gallery
5 Press Street at the corner of Royal and Press

Bio:
Christopher Deris devotes his skills to the love of both 3-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional media. The two dimensional arena is an infinite playground to create work that incorporates invented metaphorical images that are swayed by the currents of pop culture and social thought. His three dimensional constructions that often involve simple mechanical movements are fantastical creations that act as surrogates or metaphors for humanity. Each piece is an experiment in capturing, visually, a genuine feeling within the confines of a piece of paper or a crafted piece of wood.

Born in New Orleans and raised in Slidell, Chris graduated from Atlanta College of Art in 1998 with a Bachelor of Fine Art with a concentration in Printmaking. In 2003 he received a Masters of Fine Art in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. His teaching experience includes three years at Rhode Island School of Design and eight years at Loyola University New Orleans. Currently he is an associate preparator at the Historic New Orleans collection.

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SIFT is pleased to partner with The NOCCA Institute’s 5 Press Gallery to bring to you this month’s Close Quarters.

Close Quarters: John Fitzgerald

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Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. For our first Close Quarters of 2017, we will be visiting the studio of letterpress printer John Fitzgerald.

Close Quarters: John Fitzgerald
January 12, 6-8pm (presentation starts at 6:30pm)
1243 St. Bernard Avenue, New Orleans

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Bio
John Fitzgerald is the owner-operator of Fitzgerald Letterpress, a small specialty print shop in New Orleans. John has been printing for pleasure, business and artistic expression since childhood. He had a career in commercial offset printing, which ended when advances in digital graphics revolutionized the printing trades and many jobs were eliminated. John took a step back in time to re-create the old and irreplaceable ways of fine printing. In addition to custom letterpress printing, John creates fine art prints combining linoleum cuts and type. His work can be seen every day at the Dutch Alley Artists’ Co-op in the French Quarter.

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Close Quarters: Heartsleeve

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Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. For our fall 2016 Close Quarters, we will be visiting with Natasha Noordhoff and Bernie January Jr. of Heartsleeve design + screen printing studio.

Close Quarters: Heartsleeve
October 13, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)
Mid City Art Studios, 4436 Toulouse Street, New Orleans

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Bios:
Bernie January Jr.
CO-FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Bernie January is co-founder of the Heartsleeve design + screen printing studio. He is lead designer, illustrator, and crazy ideas advocate for all things Heartsleeve. Born and raised in South Louisiana, Bernie has been formally trained in multiple artistic mediums, starting at the age of four. He’s a former Chemistry and Physics teacher, Teach for America alumnus, previous Program Manager of Green Light New Orleans, a New Orleans-based environmental non-profit, and a current Design Mentor for the Young Creative Agency, an apprenticeship program developing young, local creatives into creative digital media professionals. View portfolio.

Natasha Noordhoff
CO-FOUNDER & 
CAUSE DIRECTOR
Natasha Noordhoff is co-founder of Heartsleeve, and she is Heartsleeve’s lead screen-printer. A graduate of Tulane University, Natasha is the current Development Director for Gulf Restoration Network, an advocacy non-profit working to organize Gulf residents and protect coastline communities. She is also a member of the local Gulf South Rising initiative, a regional movement highlighting the impact of the global climate crisis on Gulf South communities. Natasha puts the heart in Heartsleeve by developing relationships with new and existing Cause Partners and collaborating in meaningful ways that support their work to put Louisiana communities first.

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Close Quarters: Joseph Makkos

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Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. For our summer 2016 Close Quarters, we will be visiting with Joseph Makkos.

Close Quarters: Joseph Makkos
July 14, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)
3921 St. Claude Avenue, New Orleans

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Joseph Makkos will discuss his material culture research and hopes for this unique and vast newspaper archive, as well as his most recent mimeograph restoration and print work, and will also be talking about his Dadalogue: a recent trip to Europe where he worked in 7 different print shops to create original work that celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Dadaist movement as started in Zurich in 1916.
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Bio:
Joseph Makkos is a self described media archaeologist, having salvaged and restored printing equipment from at least a dozen print shops to date. Using these resources he actively runs Codex in New Orleans, which focuses on artful print production and independent publishing for local businesses, writers, and artists alike. In another capacity he manages a one-of-a-kind archive of some 30,000 historic New Orleans newspapers dating from the late 19th to the early 20th century. He has instructed courses in writing and publishing for Tulane, Loyola, and Delgado.

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Close Quarters: Annie Peterson and Chloe Raub

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Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. For our 2nd Close Quarters of 2016, we will be visiting with Annie Peterson and Chloe Raub at Tulane University’s Newcomb Archive and Vorhoff Library Special Collection.

Close Quarters: Annie Peterson and Chloe Raub
April 21, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)
Newcomb Archive and Vorhoff Library Special Collection
Tulane University, Caroline Richardson Building, 62 Newcomb Place

Visitors to the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library special Collections will learn about some fascinating collections from two perspectives. Annie Peterson, a preservation services librarian with LYRASIS, will talk about preserving collections, discussing how and why books, papers, photographs and other materials in archival collections deteriorate over time. She will discuss different factors that contribute to collections decaying, and how archivists work to preserve materials for the future. Chloe Raub, head of Archives and Special Collections at the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections, will talk about the content of the materials, which are related to the history of women and gender in the Gulf South.

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Annie Peterson is the Preservation Services Librarian with LYRASIS, a membership organization that works with libraries, archives, and museums. She consults with cultural heritage institutions on preservation, and teaches classes related to preserving and digitizing collections. Previously, she was the Preservation Librarian at Tulane University, and has worked in preservation and conservation in a range of libraries and with archival collections. She received an MLIS from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Chloe Raub is the Head of Archives and Special Collections at the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Library Special Collections, where she works to collect, preserve, and provide access to materials documenting the history of women and gender in the Gulf South. She previously held positions with several archives and special collections libraries in the Washington, DC area and holds a Master of Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America. She is active in Art+Feminism, a global campaign to improve coverage of women in the arts on Wikipedia and encourage women’s participation as Wikipedia editors.

In Like Lions!

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In Like Lions!
A Spring Fundraiser for SIFT

March 12, 2016, 6 to 10 p.m.
Silent Auction closes at 9 p.m.
at The Southern Letterpress/Studio Ippiki
3700 St. Claude Avenue,  New Orleans, LA 70117

The event is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

In Like Lions will feature a silent auction with artwork from national and local artists as well as items from local businesses.

There will be a raffle drawing for prizes every thirty minutes, as well as specialty cocktails, tasty food from Shake Sugary and book arts crafts for all ages!

Founded in 2005, SIFT is an entirely volunteer staffed organization of visual artists and craftspeople exploring the intersections of sequence, image, form, and text.
All of the money raised at In Like Lions will provide funds to expand the lectures, studio tours, exhibitions and additional programming the organization provides to the New Orleans public.

SIFT organizes Close Quarters, a free and open-to-the-public quarterly visit to a New Orleans art, craft, or design studio.
SIFT’s regular Community Happy Hour provides a venue to build community and network for area artists, designers, craftspeople and anyone with an interest in book arts. SIFT also produces curated exhibitions and portfolio exchanges, and publishes collaborative book arts projects such as Parametric Prompts and Hidden Spaces.

A special thank you to our sponsors.

Shake Sugary and Grande Krewe Fine Wine & Spirits

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And thank you to everyone who donated to SIFT to make the auction and raffle special.

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AIGA New Orleans

Antenna

Arrow Coffee

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Baskerville

Nancy Bernardo

A Bicycle Named Desire

Big Class

Blood Jet

Harriet Burbeck

Gerald Cannon

Amanda Cassingham-Bardwell

Teresa Cole

Cate Swan Creative

Dancing Grounds

Jeannie Detweiler

Angela Driscoll

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Annie Laurie Ericksen

Fitzgerald Press

Jan Gilbert

Grande Krewe Fine Wines & Liquors

Grove St Press

Lisa Hasegawa

Lisa Houck

Loomed

Indywood

Kebab

Kitchen Ink

Kieu Lam

Jonathan Lopez

Sophie Lucido-Johnson

Andrea Mabry Photography

Natalie McLaurin

Caeser Meadows

Miki Glasser Art

Nancy Sharon Collins Stationer

Amy Newell / Rigamarole Press

Adam Newman

New Orleans DNA

New Orleans Public Library – Alvar Branch

Pelican Publishing

Julia & Robert Peterson

Planetary Magnetics Corporation

Laura Richens

Sonja Rosseau/Curly Head Press

Karoline Schleh

Small Fires Press

Patch Somerville

The Southern Letterpress

Laura Thomsom/Doppelganger Press

Aimee Toledano

Eugenia Uhl

Uptown Needle & Craftworks

Washing Well Laundryteria

Sara White


 

Close Quarters: Nancy Sharon Collins–Stationer

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Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. To kick off our second year of Close Quarters we are thrilled to talk with Nancy Sharon Collins.

In addition, Émilie Lamy, proprietress of The Stacks, the first independent art and design bookshop in New Orleans, will be joining us to sell Nancy’s book, The Complete Engraver, $29.95 plus tax, published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Nancy Sharon Collins – Stationer
January 21, 2016, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)

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Nancy Sharon Collins is the country’s leading expert on engraved social stationery, principal in her eponymous firm, Nancy Sharon Collins, Stationer LLC, and Special Projects Director, AIGA New Orleans chapter. Collins authored The Complete Engraver a guide to monograms, crests, ciphers, seals, and the etiquette and history of social stationery, and has published multiple articles about stationery and monogram engraving. She’s often the subject of popular media such as Vogue and The New York Times. Currently she is a Martha Stewart Maker Award finalist, and has appeared on Martha Stewart’s TV show. Collins is included in Women in Graphic Design 1890-2012 by Gerda Breuer and Julia Meer, she is also a frequent presenter at TypeCon and has presented at ATypeI.

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Locally Mrs. Collins was recently a guest on Peter Richuitti on WWNO | NPR: Out To Lunch, she is the subject of Exhibition: Color Matching Systems at The Southern Letterpress through Oct. 24, and is presenting Law and Lawless in New Orleans at THNOC Oct. 8, 2015.

Mrs. Collins owned and operated the graphic design firm Nancy Feldman studio in New York City from 1978 to 2004. Clients included Bergdorf Goodman, WaterfordWedgwood, Clinique, Prescriptives, Revlon, Charles of the Ritz, Curve fragrance, The Metropolitan Opera Shop and the Museum of Modern Art.


 

Close Quarters: Mystic Blue Signs

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Close Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. For our third installment we will be talking with Vince Mitchell and Yvette Rutledge of Mystic Blue Signs.

Vince Mitchell and Yvette Rutledge – Mystic Blue Signs
October 15, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)
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2212 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA

Vince Mitchell and Yvette Rutledge are partners in Mystic Blue Signs, which was established as a hand-painted sign shop in 1996 in New Orleans. In 2010 we started the Center for the Lettering Arts at our Magazine Street location, which has expanded to offer our lettering classes, and a gallery space where we regularly host shows under the umbrella ANALOG DIALOG, and other handmade objects related to the lettering. Before that Eve was a partner in the influential San Francisco sign shop New Bohemia Signs, book designer for University of California Press (Berkeley), hand engraver, and provider of calligraphy to the fine press movement. Before learning to paint signs at Mystic Blue, Vince was a professional musician in Seattle, where he also worked for kinetic sound sculptor Trimpin, and studied sculpture at Pratt and music at Cornish College for the Arts. Returning to his hometown of New Orleans in 2001, he formed a band with Eve, Eve’s Lucky Planet, which performs in New Orleans, including Jazz Fest 2008.

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Close Quarters: Sophie Lucido Johnson of Neutrons Protons

cq_logo_sophieClose Quarters is a quarterly conversation with one or two interdisciplinary artists, designers, or craftsmen. Sometimes at the artist’s studio, these events allow for close, hands-on examination of work and engaging dialog. For our second installment we will be talking with Sophie Lucido Johnson of Neutrons Protons.

Sophie Lucido Johnson – Neutrons Protons
July 16, 7-9pm (presentation starts at 7:30pm)
The NOCCA Institute’s 5 Press Gallery
5 Press Street at the corner of Royal and Press

spin 23Sophie Lucido Johnson is an artist and writer who lives in New Orleans. She is the editor-in-chief of the self-proclaimed idiosyncratic literary project Neutrons Protons, which publishes humor writing, comics, and creative nonfiction online and in print. Sophie is a bookmaker and watercolor artist as well, and has had her work published in Jezebel, the Hairpin, LAIKA, The Nation, The Teaching Artist Journal, and elsewhere. She is also a teacher, and has written and designed an arts-integrated social-emotional curriculum for students who have emotional disturbances and PTSD. She is, finally, a nationally touring comedian, and teaches and coaches improvisational comedy.

 

 

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SIFT is pleased to partner with The NOCCA Institute’s 5 Press Gallery to bring to you this month’s CloseQuarters.