Published July 28, 2020

Shelf Life Zoom and Streamed Presentation
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In this interview by Kristin AdolfsonEmily Hancock of St Brigid Press takes us on a tour of her letterpress print shop, shares her latest work, and talks about the ecology of craft.

Type, paper, ink, and thread. These are just a few components in the “ecology of craft” that serves and supports letterpress printing and bookmaking. Though Emily spends most of her days in the print shop alone, she is deeply aware of the people who make the things that make her work possible, from type founders to needle-makers.

Join Emily and Kristin for a virtual tour of St Brigid Press, spotlighting the latest letterpress chapbook with National Book Award winner Arthur Sze, and talking about the ecology of craft.


Emily Hancock is a letterpress printer and publisher at St Brigid Press in Afton, Virginia. With a focus on poetry and nonfiction, she has published an array of letterpress work that is in collections around the world. Using hand-set metal and wood type, human-powered antique presses, and hand-sewing techniques, Emily is dedicated to practicing and sharing traditional bookcraft. Learn more at

Kristin Keimu Adolfson is a graphic designer, book artist, and letterpress printer. In 2003, she founded Still Point Design Studio (formerly Still Point Press & Design), a full service graphic design studio and workshop in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her work frequently addresses issues of life, death and the environment, and has a simplicity and clarity of message to effectively communicate in an environment bombarded with images and information. Kristin’s artist books have been exhibited across the U.S., and are part of various University and private collections.

This program is part of SHELF LIFE, a series of virtual events presented by the Virginia Festival of the Book, a program of Virginia Humanities. To learn more, visit #HumanitiesAtHome #ShelfLife

Co-hosted by the Virginia Center for the Book

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