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About Current Location Press:
Raychel Steinbach received her BFA in Printmaking, Papermaking, and Book Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design in 2009. Raychel is the printer-designer behind Current Location Press and focuses on handset type combined with carved blocks inspired by nature, community and urban horticulture. She has one foot firmly planted in her Chicago neighborhood and one foot embedded in the larger natural landscape of the Midwest.
Through a series of prints featuring Illinois State Parks, Raychel explores the diversity of nature and terrain through abstraction and simple use of color. She pairs illustrative hand carved woodblocks with two layers of abstracted color fields created from small scraps of type-high wood with some metal type ornaments. The use of off-cuts from the wood type manufacturing process is an intentional way of reinforcing the environmentalist aims of the work by repurposing industry by-product and highlighting the ways in which the modularity of letterpress type has an inherent longevity.
Raychel also seeks to celebrates the ways in which urban dwellers can shape their community with an environmental mindset by taking ownership of their food supply, carving out green space, and fostering strong neighborhood relationships. Featured through a series of small prints, Raychel uses hand-set metal and wood type to build colorful scenes of the urban agriculture she finds throughout the city.