This event has already happened and was part of Ideas Fest 2021.

Join local printmakers Jacques Bidon (Counterform), Lois Harada (DWRI Letterpress), and Ally Thatcher (Fallen Cargo) for a hands on printing demonstration. The artists will also present their work in a Zoom panel in conversation about their approach to text-based posters and printing as a form of activism.

Participants will see physical samples of each artist’s work at the demonstration as well as print their own preset poster designed by the artists. No printing experience is necessary.

This project is a partnership between Counterform Press, DWRI Letterpress, Fallen Cargo, and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism in collaboration with Design Week 2021.

Print To Disarm
Zoom Panel
Monday, September 20, 2021
5:30PM – 6:30PM

Print To Disarm
Hands-on Workshops
DWRI Letterpress
40 Rice St.
Providence, RI
Saturday, September 25, 2021
3:00PM – 4:00PM and 4:30PM – 5:30PM


Ally Thatcher is a multidisciplinary designer based in New England. She runs an art and design practice called Fallen Cargo that is centered around protecting and preserving Black American culture. Her work ranges from graphic design, illustration, political satire, film photography, and printmaking.



Jacques Bidon is a commercial printer who left the world of cutthroat deadlines to work with artists and designers
alike. Sharing his love of offset and letterpress printing is a blessing. He believes in the power of printing to change just about anything. With over three decades of commercial printing experience, Jacques runs Bidon Press, a commercial shop offering printing solutions for artists and designers as well as one-on-one printing instruction. He also prints his own art using traditional and non traditional print mediums like letterpress, etching and offset in combination.



Lois Harada is a printmaker bridging fine art and commercial printing in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work utilizes commercial production techniques and equipment to create printed editions that are meant to be affordable and accessible to a wide audience. Print editions are often responses to mass produced print material created by governments, corporations or newspapers. She frequently utilizes text and the medium of the poster.

Originally from Salt Lake City, Lois settled in Providence after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Fine Arts, Printmaking (2010). She is the Lead Designer and Social Stationery Manager at DWRI Letterpress where she also prints her own work.



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