Janis Stemmermann discovered that she wanted to make a living by making prints with other artists, when, without any printmaking experience, she was hired by Catherine Mosley, who was printing primarily for Robert Motherwell. She loved every part of making prints in a small collaborative printshop, especially, “the dialog between the printer and the artist, the collaboration in the image making process, printing the edition, and the signing.” She credits her skills as a printer to working with Catherine and in other shops, as well her own research, sometimes hiring out when she didn't have the experience or equipment, and, “letting the needs of the project drive the approach.”

Her printshop has been in various locations around Brooklyn, beginning in 1988 as Brooklyn Press. She currently has a live/work space with her husband Russell Steinert, including the press, where she continues to invite in artists to collaborate. She has been actively curating, printing, publishing, and exhibiting those projects. While primarily focusing on intaglio processes, she honed her relief printing skills working with Richard Bosman; with long-time collaborator, Emily Mason, she has made carborundum prints and monotypes. Her interest in textiles inspired the Folly Cove project: artists including Elise Ferguson (pictured above)were asked to create linoleum block images, which were repeat-printed on linen. Recently she screenprinted a successful series of protest sashes to be worn at the Women's March on Washington in January 2017. Stemmermann has said that this experience encouraged her to “shift my approach to what and how I am thinking about making prints.”    –RW