Each of the namesakes for our presses remind us that diligence and knowledge are the “metal” and force for change. These women have broadened the very definition of femininity. We look to them to help reinforce traditional and modern archetypes that should be available to everyone regardless of their gender.
In this blog series, we'll be sharing more information about each woman and the press that is named after them. Stay tuned for more!
Founded by artist June Wayne in 1960, the Tamarind Institute of Lithography is the only school in the world that teaches fine art lithography with the intention of its students collaborating on limited edition print projects with visual artists.
Although it sprung from the determination of female leadership, Tamarind had exclusively male teachers and students for its initial decade. That changed in 1972, the year that Judith Solodkin was accepted at the age of 27. She walked in the door already having attained fine arts degrees from Brooklyn College and Columbia University. After completing Tamarind’s program, Solodkin went on to found her own imprimerie. The shop, Solo Impression Inc, is still in operation in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx, New York. There she collaborates with artists to make prints combining a variety of media, including lithography, woodcut, letterpress and embroidery.
Many of Solodkin’s artworks are in the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. As a master printer she has collaborated with notable artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Maya Lin, Ghada Amer, James Rosenquist, and Nancy Spero. Works published by Solo Impression are held in collections at many venerated institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Tate in London and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Solodkin is also a member of the Milliners Guild and makes artful hats out of her Bronx studio.
In regards to her accomplishments, Solodkin has stated, “I never thought that I couldn’t do certain things for any reason pertaining to my gender. If I couldn’t do it, then it’s because I couldn’t wrap my head around it, but I knew that I could do just about everything.”
About the machine: Judith is a 12x18 Kluge N Series built in 1947. She is the largest press in our shop.
(Above: Lithograph by Alice Neel of Judith Solodkin)