2009-2010 SCAP Resident Artist
Bridget Elmer, a.k.a. Flatbed Splendor, sewed her first binding in New York City at the Cooper Union in the spring of 2002. It was love at first stitch. Since then, Bridget has studied bookbinding, letterpress printing, and printmaking at The Center for Book Arts and Penland School of Crafts. She served as President of the Board for Booklyn Artists Alliance, and as Assistant Director for Asheville BookWorks. In the fall of 2008, she packed her bags and moved to Tuscaloosa, AL, to pursue an MFA in the Book Arts and a Masters in Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama. She plans to graduate with both degrees in the spring of 2010. Bridget recently relocated to Tallahassee, FL, where will serve as Resident Artist for the academic year at the Small Craft Advisory Press. During the residency, Bridget will be assisting SCAP’s Director at the press, teaching an undergraduate Book Structures course at FSU, and completing her creative thesis project.
In addition to her on-going work as Flatbed Splendor, Bridget recently co-founded a new organization with Emily K. Larned, a.k.a. Red Charming. Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) is an organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology. To learn more about Bridget’s work with Flatbed Splendor and ILSSA, visit the websites listed below.