For five years I was chief of PRESS: LetterPRESS as a Public Art Project, a project I founded with the help of many grants, student interns and an incredible amount of enthusiasm. It was a hybrid studio, gallery and teaching lab with a fully operational Vandercook Universal III Proof Press as the centerpiece that operated on Main Street, North Adams, MA. PRESS now lives on as part of my PRESS on the MOVE  initiative, and as part of my own imprint 29 PRESS.

During 2017, I completed The 50 Card Project. 

The 50 Card Project is a collection of limited-edition letterpress cards printed every week from Inauguration Day to the end of 2017. This project was directly inspired by the statement liberty and justice for all.

I made a card of FDR’s Four Freedoms to commemorate Inauguration Day. By the end of the three-color limited edition of 100 cards I decided to make a card every week for the entire year. Each card is printed with vintage letterpress type, cuts and/or other printing matrixes like linoleum blocks and the occasional polymer plate. Each card is my weekly practice to reframe events that were occurring in our country in a positive way. They also serve as a reminder about what is important and at stake in our country.

As part of my action, I sent the cards each week to members of the Trump administration, including Trump. I weave irony and subversiveness into each card through choice of quote, image and color.

At the end of the project, I created a book that includes an image of each card + the specific events of the week that prompted that week’s card. I followed up The 50 Card Project with The Obstruction Project.

The 50 Card Project, Melanie Mowinski

The 50 Card Project, Melanie Mowinski

This project was made possible through a successful Kickstarter campaign.