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Artist Spotlight: Lady Pilot Letterpress

Emily Wismer is another artist new to The Handmade Market! Durham, North Carolina’s Lady Pilot Letterpress was born out her love of the smell of printer’s ink and being the kind of dirty that only a printmaker understands. Emily gets a rush from Lady Pilot Letterpressnew artist raffle donorseeing the crisp and vibrant original artwork roll of her circa 1907 letterpress.  She feels fortunate  to make a living creating greeting cards and ephemera that are equal parts sweet and snarky.  She can’t imagine doing anything else.

What item are you most excited to bring to The Handmade Market?

I’ve just printed a ton of new cards and I’m excited to unveil them.

What is your most favorite distraction in the studio right now?

A pinball called Roller Games.

How do you unwind from an intense day?

A glass of wine and some music.

Which artist at The Handmade Market are you excited to meet? 

This Paper Ship. Looks like they have some beautiful prints!

Beach or ocean or shore?

Ocean for sure.

Artistically speaking, who is your doppelgänger?

Hmmm. I’ve been working with Blue Barnhouse Letterpress for years and we have similar senses of humor, but he’s even dirtier.

Bugatti, ’67 Mustang, or Tesla? 


What is your color addiction? Why are you moved by it? 

Lately, I’ve been really into orange. I think there’s just a cheeriness and vibrancy to a particular shade that you see a lot on vintage posters and ads. I dig it.

With which participating artist would you LOVE to collaborate?

Well, I’m definitely excited to meet Original Brooks. I started doing letterpress because I wanted to make books and I’d still love to be involved in the process.

Be sure to visit Lady Pilot Letterpress‘ table. Check out all the fantastic new cards and ephemera Emily’s bringing this weekend to The Handmade Market on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7 at Market Hall.

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