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Jay Ryan

Poster Maker


Wednesday · 1 April 2015 · 7:00 PM
Hancock 100

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Jay Ryan learned about screenprinting from Steve Walters at Screwball Press in late 1995, where they worked together until 1999, at which point Jay started The Bird Machine print shop in the basement of his apartment building. For five years, the printshop occupied a commercial space in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, before settling into a permanent home in quiet Skokie, Illinois. He has established a reputation for hand-drawn text and a computer-free design process. From 2002-2007, Jay served as Vice President of the American Poster Institute, a non-profit group which manages the successful FLATSTOCK series of poster shows. Jay is the author of two books and has been featured in numerous poster design documentaries.

The Armory Art Gallery is featuring a show of his work this week. Jay will be working with students throughout the day on Wednesday in the lobby and in the Burchard Screen Printing room.

Visit his website at http://thebirdmachine.com/.