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I create humorous, but sincere, images that convey messages in multiple layers of simplicity. My stories are an attempt to make sense of our world today, similar to the way traditional folktales tried to explain the unknown. Much of my exploration revolves around fear and courage, blind optimism, naïveté, and wonder.
Jessica C. White grew up in Taiwan where she made her first storybook, and is now a studio artist in Asheville, NC, where she makes prints, books, and crankies. She uses old fashioned letterpress techniques and presses to print her wood engravings, hand binds books, and even has a small woodworking shop for making wooden boxes and mechanisms for crankies. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be seen in public collections including Yale University, Stanford University, and the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Letterpress Now: A DIY Guide to New & Old Printing Methods (Lark Crafts) and is the co-founder of Ladies of Letterpress, an international trade organization of women printers. Fancy degrees she holds include a BFA in sculpture from East Carolina University, an MFA and MA in Printmaking from the University of Iowa, half of a pilot’s license and half of a sailing certificate. Feel free to contact her about prints or books, but no requests please for flying or sailing the high seas.
She is represented by Blue Spiral 1 in downtown Asheville, and visitors are welcome to stop by her studio in the River Arts District at the Wedge Studios, 129 Roberts St.