Brad Ewing established Marginal Editions in response to the need of former RISD classmates who wanted to explore new avenues of art making. The projects appearing under the imprint of Marginal Editions were initially letterpress and relief prints, although Ewing has since gone on to add screenprinting to the mix.
An undergraduate book arts class and a RISD graduate school experience were key to Ewing’s decision to focus on printing. “I remember when Luther [Davis] and Glen [Baldridge] of Forth Estate came to RISD to work on an edition for Jane Kent. I was equally impressed and intimidated by these two young guys coming in and really accomplishing the goals that Jane had for her print.” He perfected his skills thanks to encouragement from RISD mentors as well as lessons learned from working at Soho Letterpress, Peter Kruty Editions, EFA Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, Lower East Side Printshop, and especially with Leslie Miller at Grenfell Press, where he continues to work.
Ewing started in Greenpoint as Kindling Letterpress with just a single, hand-me-down C&P Press. After Leslie Miller gave him cases of lead type, he was off and running. More equipment donations followed, all of which moved with Ewing to several different Brooklyn locations including Red Hook. Along with his commitment to Marginal Editions, Ewing carries on an active printmaking and painting practice of his own. –RWPhoto 2: Brad Ewing at Universal III Press. Photo Credit: Mae Shore