Combining printmaking techniques with papermaking, bookbinding and letterpress printing, Tia Blassingame uses period typefaces to create printed looks that transport the viewer into another era.
With wooden or metal typefaces, a lithographic stone or a copper plate, she explores disturbing images and histories. She uses the book form to introduce a nuanced discussion on issues of race that might otherwise repel the viewer.
Blassingame founded Primrose Press, a letterpress and book arts studio, where she prints letterpress papergoods and artwork on an antique printing press. Under this imprint, she also publishes her artists’ books and collaborates with writers, composers, visual artists and designers.
She is currently an MFA candidate in printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design, has received her BA in architecture from Princeton and her MA in printmaking and book arts from Corcoran College of Art and Design. She has worked as a teaching artist at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, Smithsonian, National Building Museum and University of Maryland, College Park.
She has been an artist-in-residence at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony and Santa Fe Art Institute, as well as a visiting artist with the Nature Conservancy and Illinois State University.
Library of Congress, Harvard University, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), University of California, Irvine, University of Virginia, State Library of Queensland, National Library of Iraq and Yale University have collected her artists’ books.