The next chapter in the Crafted by Southern Hands summer event series will bring Old Try to Warehouse Row on Friday, Aug. 30, for a reception and printmaking workshop. Attendees of this one-day event will learn more about the art form of custom printmaking and will have the opportunity to experience the craft firsthand.
The printmaking workshop will walk reception attendees through the production of a limited-edition poster designed exclusively for the event by Old Try. Old Try are two expats living north of the Mason-Dixson line whose nostalgia for the South is transferred into their artistry. Guests will enjoy local bites from Chattanooga’s famed Champy’s and Southern Burger Co., and specialty handcrafted beer from Chattanooga Brewing Company. The theme of the exhibition hung throughout Warehouse Row will feature the work of artists’ that “connect a person to home, no matter where home might be.”
During the event, posters will be printed on-site at Warehouse Row on vintage equipment with moveable type and 100-year-old wood blocks decommissioned years ago by the UTC’s Department of Art and is currently utilized by The Open Press. As a first-of-its-kind letterpress, printmaking and book arts co-op in Chattanooga, The Open Press aims to provide access to a unique and underutilized artistic resource and build a community of fine artists and craftspeople around this equipment and knowledge. The Open Press, which launched last month with a Kickstarter fundraising campaign, has already earned a loyal following. In the first month, the online campaign raised more than $16,000 to provide access to printmaking, book arts, and letterpress classes, workshops and equipment.
“This installment of the Crafted by Southern Hands series will give guests a first-hand experience with printmaking,” said George Krauth, vice president of Jamestown. “We celebrate the re-commissioning of this historic Chattanooga press as well as the resurgence of printmaking and letterpress as an art form under the leadership of native Southerners whose works have both a nostalgic and modern appeal.”
The Crafted by Southern Hands event series kicked off in June with a Bradley Gordon art exhibition and Billy Reid pop-up and continued with an Alabama Chanin BBQ couture dress exhibition, trunk show and sewing workshop. Following the Old Try event, a Billy Reid pop-up store will return to Warehouse Row the weekend of Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, to appease fans that couldn’t get enough during the first Crafted by Southern Hands event. The returning retail location on the lower level of Building North will display the latest pieces from Mr. Reid’s collection, known for "classic-style, high-quality clothing with unusual accents."
Wrapping up the series, Warehouse Row and its newest restaurant, Tupelo Honey Cafe, which opens in mid-September, will co-host a twilight screening in the Motor Court of the Southern Foodways Alliance’s latest documentary, Pride & Joy. The film chronicles the lives of dozens of individuals who dedicate their lives to growing, catching, cooking, serving, or studying the depth and breadth of Southern food culture. A small admission fee will directly benefit the work of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
For more information about the “Crafted by Southern Hands” event series, visit craftedbysouthernhands.com.