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Great Lakes Type Project

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Great Lakes Type Project

2015
Letterpress, Found Materials, Photography

The Great Lakes Type Project uses found materials along Lake Michigan to explore the connection between economic modes of production and the environment.

Throughout the 19th century, participants in “the big cut” extracted lumber from upper midwestern forests to construct cities on the east coast. A burgeoning wood type industry surrounding the Great Lakes used the same lumber to produce moveable type. In response to wood type’s roots in the extractive economy, I attempted to gather materials at three sites surrounding Lake Michigan. While beachcombing did not yield enough material to form a 12” x 18” block, I found alternative mediums to represent modern industry around the Lakes.


 Spent (detail) Letterpress, Spent Grain

Spent (detail)
Letterpress, Spent Grain

 Hammond Beach

Hammond Beach

 Collecting feathers for the type

Collecting feathers for the type

 Wolf Lake

Wolf Lake

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 Beachcombing bust. The research missions yield only garbage.

Beachcombing bust. The research missions yield only garbage.

 Printed 6 pica Grain Type specimen.

Printed 6 pica Grain Type specimen.


 Shot (detail) Letterpress, Pheasant Feathers

Shot (detail)
Letterpress, Pheasant Feathers

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