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MEET LISA: Artist Statement

I am a printmaker at heart and have always been intrigued by any method of reproduction: photocopies, dittos, mimeographs, rubber stamps, carbon paper, etc. This fascination likely stems from childhood visits to my mother’s office and the hippie camp where my father lived, where I was enthralled by the production of a mimeographed newsletter. I am particularly fond of text reproduction, favoring letterpress, where I have found my niche.

The majority of my current work combines letterpress with various drawing methods on paper, often incorporating other media, such as cloth, stitching and found objects. Inspiration comes from a variety of sources, mostly vintage ephemera and office supplies.


Lisa Hasegawa received her Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Lisa teaches letterpress and bookmaking classes in Seattle and is sole proprietor of ilfant press. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received several awards; including a Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) from Artist Trust and Printmaking Instructor of the Year from Pratt Fine Arts Center. Her artist’s books and prints are collected nationally in both public and private collections.