all about the work of

Emily Larned

Emily Larned at ILSSA Implement exhibition, VSW, 2017

Emily Larned is an artist-designer-printer-publisher, writer, & educator. She enjoys many diverse processes and practices of making things by hand, whether books, meals, clothing, or this website. She creates publications and collaborative, socially engaged art projects which explore morale: how we feel about what we do.

Emily is co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a union for reflective creative practice, which supports artists and makers in attending to their immaterial working conditions. Through her imprint Alder & Frankia, she publishes handmade, collaborative books with other artists, thinkers, doers, & friends. Emily likes working directly with materials to learn, and lets the inherent feedback loop of making & testing determine the form. She's not so good at following instructions. She prefers the artistic, investigative, & social aspects of work.

Emily's award-winning artist books & publications are collected by over 70 institutions internationally, including the Tate, the Brooklyn Museum, the V&A, & the Smithsonian, & are exhibited around the world. Her work has been awarded honors by the AIGA (50 Books | 50 Covers), the Type Directors Club (TDC) (The World's Best Typography), and the Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) (Gold & Silver awards in Book Design, Spirit of Creativity Award). She graduated from Yale School of Art with an MFA in Graphic Design.

She has been publishing as an artistic practice since 1993, when as a teenager she produced her first issue of Muffin Bones zine (later followed by Memorytown USA zine, Parfait zine, & many artist books under the imprint Red Charming). She learned letterpress printing from Robin Price while an undergraduate at Wesleyan University, & she served on the Board of Booklyn Artists Alliance for eight years. She has curated several exhibitions of independent publishing, taught at every education level from after-school program through MFA, & has presented about her work at dozens of institutions. Emily is currently Chair & Associate Professor of Graphic Design at SASD, University of Bridgeport, in Connecticut.

Her studio RCHQ is located in the American Fabrics Arts Building in Bridgeport. Come visit during Open Studios on November 10 & 11, 2018, 10 to 5. Subscribe to the (infrequent, promise!) RCHQ New News newsletter and / or follow on Instagram to hear about new publications and projects.

Write to Emily at [email protected].


Emily Larned at ILSSA Implement exhibition, VSW, 2017
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