Featured Artist : InkPop Letterpress

We are so excited to have InkPop Letterpress a part of this year’s market. Join us this December the 8th from 9am to 3pm at the 4th annual Freedom Holiday Market, located at the Bean Cycle Cafe & Wolverine Farm Bookstore 144 North College Ave., Old Town Fort Collins. Here’s a little bit about the work Steve Sedam, Artist & Printer-In-Chief, does:
“Printing with Ruby is a dance,” says Steve Sedam of his painstakingly restored 1905-era letterpress. Working the foot treadle, Steve sets Ruby’s 1,500 pounds of iron in motion – flywheel spinning, gears meshing – and with deft hands he feeds in a sheet of thick paper. The iron jaws close and another print is born.Steve left the urban bustle of a design career in Los Angeles for the unique charms of Fort Collins – and a new start as the man behind Ink Pop Letterpress, where he creates vibrant, contemporary posters, art prints, and cards, as well as custom invitations and business cards. His compact print shop contains a quirky mix of equipment, from Ruby the press to drawers of vintage wood and metal type, stocks of ink and paper, an alarmingly massive century-old paper cutter – and an iMac.”I’m inspired by the mid-century period, all the way up to the Pop Art of the ’60s,” says Steve. “I’m still a contemporary designer, but now I get to dip into this 500-year history of letterpress craft. And since letterpress offers a great creative range, from delicate sophistication to hillbilly-rustic, I can play with a lot of different flavors.”Steve also considers the letterpress medium an ode to careful craftmanship – whether he’s creating an elegant custom wedding invitation or a series of funky art prints. “My work is all made by hand – lovingly, locally, sustainably.” he says. “I want to carry the handcrafted ethic into the 21st century.”
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