Clients + Collaborators
The Get Agency
The Chicago Children's Advocacy Center
The Poetry Foundation
Columbia College Chicago
Chicago Public Library
Fata Morgana (fah-duh mohr-gah-nuh) is an experimental studio working at the intersection of art and design.
We combine traditional craft processes and design to create experimental books and prints, build research-driven brand identities, and collaborate with artists on letterpress and offset printed editions.
Fata Morgana Press is located in the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center in Bridgeport. The studio began in 2015 when Mary Clare Butler and Amy Leners purchased a Vandercook Universal 1 proofing press. Angela Davis Fegan joined the collective in 2017 and together they have acquired an offset press, a small collection of wood and metal type, and several giant chunks of cast iron / bookbinding equipment.
Mary Clare Butler is an artist and designer from the south side of Chicago. Through process-driven offset and letterpress printing, her print work investigates the relationship between modes of production and the environment. She received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago (2016) and her BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago (2009).
Angela Davis Fegan is a native of Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of Chicago’s famed Whitney Young High School, she received her BFA in Fine Arts from New York’s Parsons School of Design and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. Angela has mounted shows at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Montgomery Ward Gallery, Galerie F, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, the DePaul Art Museum, The Center for Book Arts (NY) and the Hyde Park Art Center. Her work has been selected for book covers including How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps by Laura Yes Yes, The Truth About Dolls by Jamila Woods, Secondhand by Maya Marshall, Where Brooklyn At by Roger Bonair-Agard and the upcoming All Blue So Late by Laura Swearingen-Steadwell. Her work has been written about in The Offing (LA Review of Books), Hyperallergic, Chicago Magazine, the RedEye and the Chicago Reader.
Amy Leners is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book, Paper and Print from Columbia College Chicago. Her work is in collaboration with forgotten spaces, exploring our relationships to architecture and space, specifically our homes and how the possible ephemerality of these spaces affects our psyche. Using handmade site specific pigments, alternative photography processes, printmaking and handmade paper she creates works that are made by and of these spaces.