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Wayzgoose | Small Studio, Broad-Shouldered City - Jen Farrell of Starshaped Press


Saturday August 25, 2018: 11:00am to 12:00pm


Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

For Whom

Teens & Adults


In 1999, amidst the height of DIY culture, independent music and publishing and the idea of owning the means of production, Jen Farrell built a small letterpress and design studio, focused on creating meaningful work for herself and other indie entrepreneurs. Over the past 19 years, the type of work produced in the studio has shifted but the spirit has not. She’ll be discussing the early days of the studio, its first mission statement and how Starshaped Press continues to grow alongside its urban community in a city known for its diverse and interconnected neighborhoods.

Since 1999, Jennifer Farrell has operated Starshaped Press in Chicago, focusing on printing everything from business cards and social stationery to music packaging and posters, as well as custom commissions and wholesale cards and prints. All work in the studio is done with metal and wood type, making Starshaped one of the few presses in the country producing commercial work while preserving antique type and related print materials. Jennifer’s work has been repeatedly recognized both in print and design blogs and has appeared in poster shows throughout the USA and Europe. Her work can be viewed at