Impractical Labor

ILSSA BiennialImpractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA) recently presented at the Mid-America Print Council Conference. We were honored to join a panel of our colleagues from Preacher’s Biscuit Books and FSU’s formLab/Small Craft Advisory Press for a discussion that focused on technology and the role it plays within these three collaborative projects.

For ILSSA, it’s fairly straightforward. We are a membership organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology. We’re a motley crew of seed savers, adobe oven builders, weavers,letterpress printers–united by the singular fact that we value discarded innovations as relevant tools for making. One of our members, Local 917 Shop SE, recently started a blog, which evidences the incredible, beautiful creations that can be born of such an obsession. Now that’s what we’re talking about.



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