After more than thirty years based in lower Manhattan, Purgatory Pie Press moved to the Brooklyn Army Terminal in April 2018. Founded by Dikko Faust in 1977 as a graduate student of Walter Hamady at the University of Wisconsin, Purgatory Pie specializes in letterpress and relief printing. Esther K Smith joined the press in 1980, bringing her expertise in book arts. Together, Smith and Faust collaborate with artists and writers to produce limited editions and artist books. The press is known for their three-dimensional book structures that show multiple pages at a time and utilize hand-set metal and wood type as well as various typographical elements. Collagraph, linocut, and woodcut, as well as photoengraving, are used when called for by a specific project. Faust and Smith have supported the work of emerging artists whose work seems well suited to the press, inviting them to collaborate on projects and encouraging them to explore the possibilities of traditional media – letterpress and relief printing – to make contemporary art. In addition to their fine art publications, Purgatory Pie engages in contract work. Faust and Smith actively participate in the printmaking and book arts community by teaching, leading hands-on workshops, and giving lectures all over the country.   –SR

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