The X in PlatemarkX

Wellcome! My name is Laura Master and I am a letterpress printer and book artist creating art under the name PlatemarkX. I studied fine art at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon were I graduated with a BA in Fine Art with my main focus in printmaking. Specifically in block printing (wood and linoleum), etching, and silk screen printing. After college I took additional classes at Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC) in book arts and letterpress. Along with graphic design courses from Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in Portland, Oregon where I currently live. I ended up falling in love with letterpress. It allowed me to print my linoleum and wood blocks on a press along with type allowing me to create more than just a one dimensional print - but books! I started to experiment with the book form as more as a sculpture adding yet more dimension to my art. Thus the X. My work is more than just printing, it is the constant need to push the envelope of print, on paper, and the book form as a sculpture and still tell my story. This isn't a blog. I don't blog. I print. Check out the portfolio page to view my work. You can also see what I'm working on, events, etc. etc. on the news and events page. Or you can check out tumblr (my sort-of blog with some words but mainly pics), follow me on twitter @platemarkx or facebook page - if that is your thing. Print, Make Art, Tell a story X Laura Plate mark \ n : the impression made by the edge of a plate under pressure on the paper while printing. X \ n (slang): 1. extra - including anything and everything else in addition to¬† 2. a kiss