For Artists360 I will host an introductory letterpress workshop for Springdale youth, teaching them traditional letterpress techniques, while using recently developed, affordable, and portable “provisional presses”. The teaching philosophy for the workshops will be influenced by Corita Kent’s book “Learning By Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit”.
Asha Lester was born in the US in 1991, and currently lives in Northwest Arkansas. She completed a Bachelors of Fine Arts at Parsons the New School for Design in New York City. During her Bachelors, she traveled to China for a 6-week long self-organized apprenticeship in a traditional Chinese calligraphy workshop, funded through a Student Travel Research Grant awarded by the India China Institute. She later completed a Masters in Public Art and New Artistic Strategies at Bauhaus Universitaet Weimar in Germany, where she produced her thesis project Asha’s Place, at a small kiosk on a street intersection.