Brian Bagdonas, Director
Brian Bagdonas is a co-owner/operator at Stumptown Printers. For close to 20 years he has dirtied his hands and subsequently dirtied keyboards in print-shops and newspapers in Ohio, Arizona & Oregon. He is an active member in Portland, Oregon’s traditional music community and is a founding member and organizer for the not-for-profit Portland Old Time Music Gathering. He has volunteered & taught printing workshops at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, and has received a certificate for typecasting from Monotype University.
Connie Blauwkamp, Director
Connie Blauwkamp has more than 20 years experience delivering marketing and communications programs for non-profits, technology start-ups and Fortune 500 companies. Connie is a partner of Buzzworm Studios, an artist services company that provides photography and printmaking services to artists. She has an MBA from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Arts in English.
Chris Chen, Director and Vice Chair
Chris Chen has four years of commercial type casting experience, working with Monotype equipment and ATF Barth Casters from California to New Jersey. A grant from the Book Club of California in 2003 allowed Chris to assist Jim Rimmer of Vancouver, British Columbia in Jim’s creation of a new metal typeface for the Cree alphabet. Chris has presented to numerous school groups, and has taught letterpress printing at the San Francisco Center for the Book.
Rebecca Gilbert, Director and Treasurer
Rebecca Gilbert is a co-owner/operator at Stumptown Printers, and a founding member and former Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center. She has taught workshops on zine publishing, book making and letterpress printing at universities, colleges, primary & secondary schools and info centers around the United States. Rebecca Gilbert holds a BA degree from Pacific Northwest College of Art and a certificate for typecasting from Monotype University.
Joseph Green, Director and Secretary
Joe Green is an award-winning poet and teacher. A printer and graduate of The Hill & Dale Typefoundry’s Monotype University, in Alta Vista, West Virginia, Joe prints poetry broadsides with his wife and partner at The Peasandcues Press in Longview, Washington. Joe was introduced to letterpress printing in Graphic Arts: Printing at California State University in Long Beach, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in History. Joe also has a Master of Arts in English, Creative Writing, from Western Washington University. He has been teaching since 1981.
Jeff Shay, Director and Board Chair
Jeff Shay is a printer and photographer who has been making fine art for over 20 years. Jeff earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Distinction (magna cum laude) in Photography/Fine Art from Art Center College of Design in 1992. Jeff’s hands-on printmaking instruction includes lab instruction at Art Center, where he instructed students in and demonstrated photogravure, intaglio etching techniques and lithography. He currently provides private instruction and printing services for artists through his company, Buzzworm Studios. Jeff brings experience in non-profit board positions including past roles as Board Treasurer and Chairman of the Personnel Committee for Food Front Co-operative Grocery in Portland, Oregon.
Jules Remedios Faye, Founding Angel
Jules Remedios Faye runs Stern & Faye, Printers, the letterpress print shop and hand bindery established by Jules and her husband and partner, C. Christopher Stern. Jules apprenticed at the age of 17 to a letterpress job shop in San Francisco and worked several years in commercial print shops throughout San Francisco and Seattle. She met Chris in 1987 in Seattle while hunting for a press. In 1994, they combined their print shops and began working collaboratively as Stern & Faye, Printers. For the next 14 years, Jules and Chris published limited edition fine press poetry chapbooks and offered commercial letterpress and hand binding services to produce commission books, job work and ephemera. After losing Chris to cancer in 2006, Jules continues to offer relief printing, hand bookbinding and letterpress printing services to a large community of artists, writers, graphic designers and others. She is a guiding force behind the C.C. Stern Type Foundry, which seeks further their work to teach and practice the craft of metal type and letterpress.
Inge Bruggeman is a faculty member in the Book Arts Department at the Oregon College of Art & Craft. As well as teaching, she runs a small business called Textura, specializing in letterpress printing and book arts projects. She also publishes limited edition, fine press artist books under her imprint INK-A! Press and makes other text-based art work.