Abstract Orange Press // Lauren Emeritz

Abstract Orange Press is run by Lauren Emeritz, a graphic designer, letterpress printer, and book artist. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. In 2016, the Library of Congress’ Rare Books and Special Collections Division acquired her book, “Hand Carved Alphabet.” In 2017, Lauren completed an internship in letterpress design at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee, founded in 1879. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She is the President and Creative Director of Abstract Orange, a graphic design firm in Washington, DC, and a letterpress associate at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland, where she teaches letterpress printing and design.


Artist Statement:
My work explores craft, specifically the value of making things by hand. The final pieces demonstrate a number of decisions based on the techniques and information gained through my exploration.

Artist Books:
Hand-Carved Alphabet
Drawn, Hand-Carved, Designed, Printed & Bound By Lauren Emeritz
Alphabet Begun In April 2013; Book Completed In 2016.
Letters Carved Out Of Linoblock, Pine, Basswood, & Plywood.
Letterpress Printed Using a Vandercook On Lettra 220 Paper.
Accordion Bound With Mulberry Paper.
Published By Abstract Orange In 2016. Edition of 20.
ISBN: 978-0-9974177-1-5

Library of Congress, Rare Book & Special Collections, Washington, DC
Peter Koch Printers, Personal Collection, Berkley, CA
The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, Washington, DC

2016 — Easy as ABC, Alphabet Books from the Special Collections, Hand-Carved Alphabet Book,
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
2016 — The Illustrated Accordion, Hand-Carved Alphabet Book
Kalamazoo Book Arts Center, Kalamazoo, MI
2016 — Hand-Carved Alphabet, Exhibition of Hand-Carved Alphabet Book and Carved Alphabet Blocks
Solo Show, The Vault Gallery, Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD
2016 — Annual Print Show, Our Decisions Define Us Letterpress Print
Second State Press, Philadelphia, PA
2015 — Tour De Lead Graffiti, Day 20 Time Trials Letterpress Print
Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Two Rivers, WI
2015 — It’s About Time, Group Art Project Coordinated by ILSSA
Asheville BookWorks, West Asheville, NC
2015 — Tour De Lead Graffiti, Day 20 Time Trials Letterpress Print
AIGA Philadelphia SPACE Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
2014 — Exhibition for Prints, Works on/in Paper and Book Arts, Juried by Justin Strom
Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring, MD
2014 — It’s About Time, Group Art Project Coordinated by ILSSA
Coburn Gallery at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
2013 — Pyramid Atlantic Juried Exhibition, Gravity is Keeping Us Down Letterpress Print
Washington Printmakers Gallery, Silver Spring, MD

American Graphic Design & Advertising 25, by David E. Carter and Suzanna M.W. Stephens
The Big Book of Design Ideas 3, by David E. Carter and Suzanna M.W. Stephens
The Big Book of Layouts, by David E. Carter
Creativity 40, by Creativity Awards
Mastering Materials, Bindings, and Finishes: The Art of Creative Production, by Catharine Fishel

American Printing History Association (APHA) — Member since 2016
Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA)— Member since 2014
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center — Letterpress Associate / Artist & Instructor since 2012, Member since 2011
AIGA DC — Special Events Coordinator, Handmade Workshop Series, Board Member since 2012, Member since 2004

Community Events:
2016 — HandiHour at the Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
2016 — CreativeMornings/DC - 3rd Birthday Party, Hosted by Lab 1270, Union Market, Washington DC
2016 — Handmade Workshop: Poster Design & Printing with Pete McCracken, Hosted by Pyramid Atlantic
2015 — Handmade Workshop: DC Design Week Poster Printing, Hosted by Pyramid Atlantic
2015 — Handmade Workshop: Book Making with Lead Graffiti, Hosted by the Art Institute of Washington
2014 — AIGA 30.50.100, Design Exhibition & Gala, Hosted by Corcoran Gallery of Art
2013 — AIGA50, Design Competition & Fundraiser for AIGADC
2013 — Shine Mentoring Workshop AIGA DC Event, Hosted by Pyramid Atlantic, Silver Spring, MD
2013 — Type. Camera. Action. Postcard Printing & Film Screening to Support Hamilton Wood Type Museum, Hosted at the Corcoran, Washington, DC

2004 — University of Delaware, Newark, DE, Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Communication / Graphic Design
2000 — Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, Washington, DC

Professional Experience:
2015-Present — President & Creative Director, Abstract Orange, Washington, DC
2012-Present — Letterpress Insructor, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Washington, DC
2004-2015 — Graphic Designer, Pensaré Design Group, Washington, DC
2004 — Intern, Yolanda Cuomo Design, New York, NY
2003 — Official House Flunky, House Industries, Yorklyn, DE