Lauren Emeritz


Lauren Emeritz is letterpress printer and book artist. Her work combines traditional hand carving and letterpress printing with modern techniques. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself. She publishes her artist books under the name Abstract Orange. In 2016, the Library of Congress’ Rare Books and Special Collections Division acquired her book, “Hand Carved Alphabet.” In 2017, Lauren completed an internship in letterpress design at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee, founded in 1879. Lauren holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Delaware. She creates art & design in Washington, DC, and teaches letterpress printing at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Hyattsville, Maryland. In 2023, her work was acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is currently the artist-in-residence at Montgomery College. 


As a letterpress printer, I use type and color to explore and connect with the world. I create artist books and prints by combining traditional printing techniques with modern graphic design knowledge. My favorite color is orange, and I incorporate it in everything I do.


Water (2024)
Artist Book, Letterpress-Printed with wood type on Handmade paper, made by the artist, sewn and bound with a hard cover

Civil Rights Act of 1964 (2024)
Artist Book, Chipboard Sheets with Paper Wrapper, Letterpress-Printed with Wood Type

Earth (2023)
Artist Book, Drum-Leaf Binding, Letterpress-Printed with wood type and Cyanotype Imagery, BFK Rives, Handmade Paper and Book Board

Corita Rules! (2022)
Artist Book, Accordion, Letterpress-Printed with wood type on paper, with a Chipboard cover

Hope by Emily Dickinson: Abstract Orange Edition (2021)
Artist Book, Wood Cigar Box Structure with Paper Feather and wire sculpture and Wire Clasp, Letterpress-Printed with Wood and Metal Type

Declaration of Human Rights (2020)
Artist Book, Chipboard Sheets with Paper Wrapper, Letterpress-Printed with Wood Type

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