Illustrator, Printmaker, Bookbinder, Artist
I love turning a blank sketchbook into a vessel for my soul. I love transforming a raw piece of material into something imbued with magic. I love feeling an old iron press become an extension of me. The natural world provides boundless inspiration for me and I love being in my garden or with my goats if I’m not drawing, painting, carving a block, or operating a letterpress machine.
Printmaking has become a natural focus for me. My process usually begins with sketching a concept, sometimes painting a rough watercolor, and then I transfer a design onto several blocks. Those are carved by hand and then printed, sometimes with several layers to an image to complete an edition of prints. The uniqueness of my letterpress cards comes from the fact that most of my images are hand carved and all of the type is handset from antique lead type. Many people use photopolymer plates for their designs but I just can’t bring myself to use them. I like doing it all by hand.
I’m always getting fresh ideas and like to share a better view of my process for those who are interested. Want to see my latest card edition being made? Interested in the new painting I’m working on or book design I’m binding? You can follow my latest endeavors at www.LambertPress.blogspot.com.
You can also support my work and treat yourself to something nice at my shop, LambertPress.etsy.com. I am also open to commissions. Just send me a message through my contact page!
You can also feel twice as nice about your purchase if your into shopping local if you purchase my works from any of the businesses in my Shop Local section!
Locally owned, this art supply store and frame shop is chock full of goodies for creating and displaying gorgeous works of art!
Artist in Residence
I currently house my Chandler & Price Pilot and Vandercook printing presses here. This is a wonderful place to work and be surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts! I also get access to their wonderful C&P and Vandercook.
Master Craftsman Apprentice
I will forever be eternally grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity to work and collaborate with master craftsman Garrett Queen. Mr. Queen currently oversees the shop usage at the Virginia Arts of the Book Center and is a font of valuable information . . . about everything.
BFA with a concentration in Printmaking
2001 – 2004 • Washington, DC
I can’t trade the experience of living in DC and being next to the White House the moments 911 happened. I’ve included the link to the gallery instead of the school site assumed by GW because it is, for all intents and purposes, aesthetically atrocious.
Virginia Folklife Program Apprenticeship, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities [link]
Japanese Woodblock PrintingIllustrationWatercolorGouachePen & InkGraphite
PhotoshopAdobe IllustratorInDesignLetterpressIllustrationPaintingConcept ArtBookmakingPrintmakingPicture Framing