My name is Hannah Masters, and I’m seventeen years old. I live in Bainbridge Island, Washington, and am entering my senior year at BHS. I’ve been passionate about art and design ever since I can remember. I have a strong attention to detail and am most content when fully immersed in a creative project. I find inspiration in fashion, geometry, daily life, and music. My hobbies include drawing, painting, printmaking, playing guitar and rec soccer.
I was thrilled to intern at Egg Press, but was feeling rather clueless as to what it would have in store for me. On July 8th I arrived early morning at the studio, equipped only with a latté and my favorite ballpoint pen. Right off the bat, I was introduced to the library of art and design books that Tess and Kara had on the shelf. Some of my favorites were Osamu Goods, Cipe Pineles: A Life of Design, and Art is Work (by Milton Glaser).
The second day in, Kara typed up a day-by-day schedule for how I would spend my internship. By the end of my two week stay, I was going to design and letterpress my own identity. I was encouraged to research other people’s identities, do a style exercise, sketch my ideas, and finalize a design within the first week. Then I would send the designs in for plates, and ultimately letterpress my own business cards and notecards. Very exciting stuff.
For several days I browsed on Pinterest and Tumblr for identity inspiration. It took me another week or so to finalize my sketches and fonts. Once scanned my drawings into the computer, I was given some basic training in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. Honestly, the most challenging and tedious part of the whole process was tooling around with my drawings in these programs. It’s important to remember that anything looks funky zoomed in x400.
Picking colors and paper was a blast. I had a general idea of what colors I wanted to use, so I smeared different inks on different scraps of paper and hoped for it to click. I spent another day or so learning how to work the letterpress before the actual printing began.
It took two days to finish the printing process of my identity. I used a letterpress that was built in the early 1900’s which I thought was pretty neat. I’m elated with how everything turned out, and am incredibly lucky to have had this opportunity. As for what’s next: I’ll be applying to college within the next few months, and I plan on attending an art school. Since the internship, I’ve been trying out other types of printing and have been doing a lot of artwork for my portfolio.
Thank you Egg Press for this awesome experience.