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Flatbed Splendor was founded in 2007 by Bridget Elmer. Bridget is an artist, bookmaker and letterpress printer working in Saint Petersburg, FL, where she is currently rebuilding her 19th century platen press, tuning up her 20th century flatbed truck, and retrofitting 21st century open source philosophy to book technologies. Through Flatbed Splendor, she produces artists' books, prints, broadsides and ephemera. Bridget has studied book binding, letterpress printing, and printmaking at the Cooper Union, Center for Book Arts, Penland School of Crafts, Asheville BookWorks, and the California Rare Book School. She received her MFA in the Book Arts from the University of Alabama in 2010 and her Masters in Library and Information Studies in 2011. Bridget is the co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), an art project and membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete…

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  • Joined October 25, 2010

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Flatbed Splendor was founded in 2007 by Bridget Elmer. Bridget is an artist, bookmaker and letterpress printer working in Saint Petersburg, FL, where she is currently rebuilding her 19th century platen press, tuning up her 20th century flatbed truck, and retrofitting 21st century open source philosophy to book technologies. Through Flatbed Splendor, she produces artists' books, prints, broadsides and ephemera. Bridget has studied book binding, letterpress printing, and printmaking at the Cooper Union, Center for Book Arts, Penland School of Crafts, Asheville BookWorks, and the California Rare Book School. She received her MFA in the Book Arts from the University of Alabama in 2010 and her Masters in Library and Information Studies in 2011. Bridget is the co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), an art project and membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology, and the co-owner of The Southern Letterpress, providing letterpress artwork, printing and products to the Southeastern United States. She currently serves the Development and Marketing Consultant at the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center (BMCM+AC). Bridget is the Chapter Chair of the Southeast Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers and a Board Member at the Friends of Community Radio.

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