Jennifer Melby established her own printshop in 1980, first on the Bowery, and in 1995 on the ground floor of her Brooklyn home. She received an MFA from Pratt Institute and her first printmaking job was at the Bank Street Atelier, the New York branch of Atelier Mourlot, not as a printer’s assistant but as an edition curator and studio manager, because the French printers there would not work with women. She went on to assist Catherine Mosley at Mosley’s etching studio and at Robert Motherwell’s studio. Even after establishing her own printshop on the Bowery, Melby worked on freelance jobs with English and French printers, from whom, despite their dismissive attitudes, she “learned just about everything I know about etching, platemaking and printing.”

A master of intaglio, Melby collaborates with artists on commissions by galleries and publishers, as well as publishing her own independent editions. For her, “one of the most satisfying moments of a print collaboration is when an artist feels that their experience in the print studio has influenced their work in their own studio.”   –RW

Photo Credit: Jennifer Melby Studio