The Seattle Book Arts Guild invited me to discuss what went into making two new artist's books, which I created during an artist's residency I did in August 2019. SEE MORE

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 work combines letterpress with various drawing methods on paper, sometimes incorporating other media, such as cloth, stitching, and found objects. Recent inspiration comes from deeply personal experiences.


Lisa Hasegawa is primarily a letterpress printer creating artist’s books and prints under the imprint ilfant press. She 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. 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.