Purgatory Pie Press printed in Tribeca for 27 years.
Purgatory Pie Press is one of the longest running artist/presses. Letterpress printmaker Dikko Faust and artistic director Esther K Smith collaborate on limited editions and artist books, both working together and with other artists and writers. Over the years they have worked with over 100 other artists and writers. Their limited editions and artist books are in many public and private collections including MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, Cooper Hewitt, Brooklyn Museum. They have shown their artist books all over the world. Highlights include exhibitions at the rare book libraries of Metropolitan Museum and London's V&A.
Purgatory Pie Press began in 1977 when Dikko Faust pied (spilled) an overfilled job case of cold metal 8 point Century Oldstyle, in Madison at the University of Wisconsin, studying book arts with Walter Hamady. Instead of walking away, Dikko sorted that type for weeks, made his first two books and the paper for his third, and moved to New York City to the nascent Center for Book Arts where he became the staff letterpress printer.In 1980 Dikko Faust married Esther K Smith and Purgatory Pie Press merged with the E K Smith Museum, a museum of found art, including The Apron Collection. Their wedding invitation was their first print collaboration.
Esther K Smith writes and designs many finely produced, printed, and bound publications for the general public including HOW TO MAKE BOOKS (Random House) and a reprint of Specimens of CHROMATIC WOOD TYPE, Borders &c. (Rizzoli). Dikko hand sets display type for Esther's big publisher books.
Faust teaches letterpress at SVA. Smith has taught artist books classes at Cooper Union, SUNY Purchase, and as a visiting artist for many other institutions from Cooper Hewitt and Smithsonian Museums, to MAD,Museum of Arts & Design, to Princeton, NYC's Center for Book Arts-- and universities and book arts centers all over the US, as well as Canada and the UK. Faust and Smith travel as visiting artists, lecturing, demonstrating, and making collaborative projects in art centers and universities.
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