Watch out, St. Louis! This March hordes of hungry, inky, chemical-smelling printmakers are descending upon the River City for the 2011 SGC International Conference. The conference is an annual printmaking convention hosted by a different city each year. This year is St. Louis' chance to shine, and all of its printmakers are working hard to make that happen, including The Firecracker Press. 

Here are a few highlights to get you ready. We'll add more info as we get closer to go time.

Friday, March 18th:

Cherokee Printmakers' Special
Time: 5-10p
Location: In front of Latino Americana, 2800 Cherokee St.

Project coordinators Eric Woods and Kim Wardenburg are collaborating with Carlos Dominguez of Latino Americana Restaurant, as well as Ana Rivera of El Chico Bakery and other participants from the neighborhood, to serve up the "Printmakers' Special, a taco meal complete with edible, printed tortillas inspired by the people of Cherokee Street. A free, limited-edition zine with their stories will be given to the first 250 people who purchase the "Printmakers' Special.

Manual Feed
Reception: 8p
Location: The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St.

Join The Firecracker Press for the first and only performance of Manual Feed, an experimental music group comprised of print-makers and print-lovers! We'll click, rattle, and roll our way to an ear-shattering fusion of printmaking and musical experimentation as we play our presses. All this cacophony will produce a physical realization, a short book printed before your very eyes as we play that will be free to all takers. Audience members are welcome to join in.

St. Louis Typefoundries
Opening Reception: 5-10p
Location: The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St.

In the late 1800s, St. Louis was rich with typefoundries that were casting the popular typefaces of the day. A few were even hiring designers to develop new type styles that would also be cast and distributed from St. Louis. Many of those typefaces are still being used today and have been transformed for use in digital form. The Firecracker Press is exhibiting a host of type specimens and samples that were designed and cast just blocks from our studio door.

Saturday, March 19th

Publisher's Fair
Time: 8a-3p
Location: Lindell Ballroom Prefunction and Khorassan Ballroom, Chase Park Plaza.

The Firecracker Press will be out in force to bring you a selection of our prints, books and cards. Take a little bit of the River City home with you!



Amos Kennedy demo
Time: 9a-12p
Location: The Firecracker Press, 2838 Cherokee St.

Amos Kennedy, letterpress printer and subject of the documentary, "Proceed and be Bold", will be hosting a demonstration of various printing techniques at The Firecracker Press. Amos left his white-collar job to pursue his love of printing and never looked back. Come learn and listen. Free to the public and open to all!