Stone Tower to host Christmas pop-up


BUCKHANNON — Three artists from Buckhannon are coming home for the holidays.

Sarah Brown, Zander Aloi and Laura Baisden have organized a Home Town Pop Up store to happen at Stone Tower Brews on 5 E Main St, Buckhannon, WV 26201, Dec. 23 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sarah Brown of Questionable Press said she said she called Stone Tower for the event because they wanted to support another small business.

“I really like the idea that maybe we can entice people to come to Stone Tower if they have never been there before,” Brown said. “We wanted to help out another small business.”

Brown is a letterpress printer who makes cards, journals, notebooks, sculpture kits and mini posters.

“I’m hoping its notable because the three of us came from that area and now we can bring back our good intentions and represent Buckhannon in the world,” Brown said.

“I like that we can bring back what we made to our hometown.”

Brown said she started using a letterpress six or seven years ago when she bought two tons of equipment from Philipi where they were scrapping a whole print shop.

“I had liked drawing before coming across the print shop and when I told my parents about all the equipment I would get they just said ‘do it,”’ Brown said. “I just taught myself how to use it after that.”

She said her process is old school because she uses vintage metal and wood when she hand carves all of her designs.

Once the image is carved she uses her Heidelberg Windmill press from 1958 where it prints the image onto the paper.

“Letterpress has really come back into style,” Brown said. “To me the old school style is the most pleasing style, it just looks really good on the page.”

Brown said she hopes people from Buckhannon find a connection with her work.“I think my work has been influenced by where I’m from and also I make work that is appealing to someone who has a connection to nature and connected to this region,” Brown said. “My work has never left the Appalachia.”

Brown has a website where customers can contact her and purchase her work at www.questionablepress.com.

Laura Baisden is also a letterpress printer of Camp Never Nice. She makes mostly posters for notable musicians such as Gillian Welch, John Prine and Chris Stapleton. She also has a website to view her work at www.campnevernice.com.

Zander Aloi is a blacksmith who focuses on adapting traditional forms and processes to fit modern use.

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