About Wolf Jaw Press —
It all started when...
Hi, I'm Alicia Burnett and I'm the founder of Wolf Jaw Press. I fell in love with printmaking while I was an undergraduate illustration student at the Rhode Island School of Design. At RISD, I took a silkscreen printing class during my junior year and I was instantly hooked. As a student that was interested in illustration, printmaking, graphic design, and textiles, screen printing seemed like the perfect marriage of all my artistic interests.
After I graduated from RISD, I moved to Brooklyn to pursue a Masters of Fine Arts degree in graphic design at Pratt Institute. While at Pratt, I thoroughly enjoyed studying graphic design, expanding my creative thinking abilities, and working on projects in unfamiliar mediums, yet I found myself yearning for the days I spent in the screen printing studio at RISD. Unable to shake the printmaking itch, I started looking for a community printmaking studio in New York City during my second and final year at Pratt. I quickly realized joining a community studio would be expensive and inconvenient for a broke post, and so I decided to try to build my own screen printing studio!
After months of research and many hours of sawing, glueing, and hammering in combination with some crash-course style electrical engineering, a screen printing studio slowly materialized in the basement of my parent's house. I owe an incredible amount of credit to my Father, Phil, for helping me build the equipment necessary for Wolf Jaw Press to be a reality. I would not have a printing table, exposure unit, washout station, or drying rack if it wasn't for his ingenuity and resourcefulness.