Printshop Tour: The Firecracker Press
The Firecracker Press is a print shop in St. Louis celebrating their 10th anniversary. Happy birthday, ladies and gents!
Located on Cherokee Street, they specialize in woodcut, linocut, and letterpress. Last week I chatted with Eric Woods, owner and founder of The Firecracker Press, and shop manager, Matty Kleinberg. The presses never seem to stop rolling here, so I got to see them in action during the tour. Folks were printing, trimming, rounding corners, and my tour guide was interrupted more than once to quality check or critique some aspect of the process.
Some of you may remember visiting The Firecracker Press during the 2011 SGCI conference. They were out in full-force with events, demos, zines, and their on-site exhibition Typefoundries. Their band, Manual Feed, which incorporates press sounds alongside traditional instruments, played a set during the event.
For ten years now, The Firecracker Press has used printmaking to revitalize Cherokee Street. They’ve created a number of prints highlighting St. Louis attractions that stylistically hearken to early and mid 20th-century design. They are also founding members of the Cherokee Print League. Together with other artists, galleries, and presses along Cherokee Street, they organize an annual December holiday sale to promote local artists. This year the event boasts not only printmakers, but also live music, a print exhibition, and purportedly a scavenger hunt.
I can’t say enough about this shop: they’re printing beautiful posters, they’re involved in the community, and they have lots of enthusiasm. Here’s to you, Firecracker Press! If you’re visiting St. Louis, be sure to stop by!Bookmark / Share / Print