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BRISTOL, Tenn., Nov. 16, 2015 – King University’s Digital Media Art & Design (DMAD)
program has created handmade letterpress Christmas cards utilizing a turn-of-the-century
platen press at The Sign of the George Press & Gallery located on King’s main campus
in Bristol, Tenn. Give a truly personalized touch to the Christmas cards you send
out this year to family and friends. The cards may be purchased at the Tornado Alley
Shoppe in store or online at http://www.tornadoalleyshoppe.com.
“The Christmas cards are made from five different blocks with five different scenes
including a nativity scene, the Wise men travelling by camel, Magi nativity scene,
Star of Bethlehem, and old-fashioned Christmas greetings,” says Joe Strickland, assistant
professor of Photography and Digital Media at King University. “These are strikingly
beautiful cards. They are quite meaningful to King, as they are created with blocks
that were originally here when the press was first used years ago.”
The cards may be purchased in packs of five, 10, or 20; there will also be compilation
packs available with all five designs. This white 5x7 inch vellum card with black
inked design comes with matching envelopes. The back of the cards are stamped with
The Sign of the George Press & Gallery logo. The inside is blank, so you can make
it truly personal with your own words.
Funds received from the sale of the Christmas cards will go back into The sign of
the George Press & Gallery to revamp the space, and toward the purchase of additional
materials for future projects. Part of the funds will also go to King’s Annual Fund
for Scholarships & Programs for the enrichment of both students and programs at King.
The Sign of the George Press & Gallery is managed by King’s DMAD program with assistance
from Bristol, Tenn., native and resident of Abingdon, Va., David Winship, who serves
as an adjunct professor for Appalachian Studies at King.
In an article for A! Magazine for the Arts David Winship said, “My father, George
P. ‘Pat’ Winship, was the inspiration for my writing poetry. During his [32-year]
tenure at King College, his poetry graced Christmas cards and many chapbooks, often
produced at his letterpress shop [The Sign of the George Press & Gallery], where I
got ink in my blood.” Pat Winship began the first letterpress operations at King in
Working alongside Winship is senior DMAD student Tessa Klingensmith. She will graduate
from King in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Media Art & Design with
a concentration in Photography and minor in English.
“This is a great option for the King community - students, faculty, staff, alumni
and friends - to send out these special cards this Christmas season,” says Strickland.
“This is a unique resource we have here at King, and we are putting it to good use.
We hope everyone will enjoy this first of many projects to come.”
For additional information, contact Joe Strickland at 423.652.4709, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://DMAD.king.edu.
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