Jessica Spring started setting cold type on a Compugraphic Editwriter 7300 phototypesetting machine (a huge console with a big green screen) in 1982 as an undergraduate English major, beginning a lifelong interest in typography. She learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer ever since, even inventing Daredevil Furniture for the composition of metal type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad.
Collaborations are an important part of her work, either printing for other artists or teaching students traditional letterpress printing, typography and book arts. Her most recent project, with Chandler O’Leary, is their book Dead Feminists: Historic Heroines in Living Color published by Sasquatch Books. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper.