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 practices many diverse handmaking processes, including letterpress typesetting, cooking, embroidering, bookbinding, knitting, and coding with HTML & CSS. Emily likes working directly with materials to learn, and lets the inherent feedback loop of making and testing determine the form. In addition to creating artifacts, she builds systems of distribution and facilitates opportunities for engagement. Her work explores morale, or how we feel about what we do, and she prefers to alternate solitary studio practice with working with others. She teaches graphic design, and she views design not only as visual communication but as an optimistic, speculative activity: a collaborative method of interrogating problems, challenging parameters, imagining alternatives, and building desired futures.

Emily is co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a union for reflective creative practice. ILSSA improves the immaterial working conditions of artists and makers through publications and participatory projects. With her imprint Alder & Frankia, Emily publishes handmade books together with other artists, thinkers, doers, & friends.

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