Martin Blanco had never screen printed before he set foot in the Green Pea Press studio. Since 2012, he has been managing day-to-day operations in the screen shop and sharing his passion for screen printing by teaching classes in the evening and printing on site at events.
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Sarah Conklin is the artist behind Feather Wild's printed textiles and fabric objects. As a young child she spent her days learning and sewing alongside her mother. These days she creates her textiles in her home studio to be close at hand to facilitate life learning whenever the mood strikes her curious & artistic teens. She is a founding member of the Green Pea Press printmakers collective, and the Pea Pod carries her locally made eco-friendly textiles. Check out her textiles and other projects on social media.
Robbie Hood spent thirty years with her head in the clouds as she worked as a meteorologist for NASA and NOAA. She is now adapting the skills she gained from building numerous PowerPoint presentations as a scientist into hands-on printmaking using letterpress equipment at Green Pea Press. These days, she is still working with fonts and graphics but is going home with much more ink on her hands.
Shannon Kennedy is a local artist who received her BA in Studio Art from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Her main focus is in relief and monoprints. She also likes to experiment with alternative methods and techniques of printing.
As her mother likes to brag, Sooz Knowles has been making art since she could hold a pencil. She majored in comics at Savannah College of Art and Design, which is less interesting than it sounds, but made for great preparation for learning printmaking. When not working for Green Pea Press as Membership Coordinator, she works on illustration and an ongoing fantasy comic series.
Rachel Lackey is the founder of Green Pea Press, and holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. A former Montessori teacher, she taught classes for children ages 1-18 for fifteen years. She works and has won awards in a variety of media, and continues to pursue her interest in combining printmaking with other fine art processes, while running GPP full-time.
Renée Lowder studied art at Brigham Young University and has been an active member of the Green Pea Press Printmaking Collective since 2013. We were first introduced to her talents when she constructed a 3-D model of our 100-year-old Chandler & Price letterpress out of sugar! After taking a year off to battle stage 3 breast cancer, she is back volunteering and honing her craft in relief printing.
Brian Walker is a local artist who focuses on relief blocks: carving in wood or linoleum to print zombies, monsters and strange critters on paper and shirts. He's been carving since 2006 and travels around the South selling at fan conventions when he's not at Green Pea Press.