34: Cindy Iverson

Categories: 100 Creatives

When we last put the spotlight on 100 creative forces in Phoenix, it was no secret there were more than 100 individuals who were making waves in the local arts community. So as we count down to our annual Best of Phoenix issue, we're profiling 100 more. Welcome (back) to 100 Creatives.

Cindy Iverson
See also: A Sneak Peek at Letterpress Central: The Paper Studio's New Workshop Space

Cindy Iverson moved to Arizona from the cornfield land of Illinois for a sense of adventure and to get out of the cold. The state has not disappointed on either front.

She is the founder of Letterpress Central-- a creative letterpress space in Chandler Arizona. She has a passion for heavy metal --100 year old cast iron printing presses and metal foundry type.

She does letterpress printing, makes handmade paper, binds books, creates mixed media artwork and teaches letterpress printing. Iverson's mixed media collages have been exhibited both nationally and internationally.

Cindy completed her MFA in book and paper arts at Columbia College Chicago and is a past member of the eye lounge gallery in Phoenix. She says Letterpress Central will be hosting a national letterpress printer's conference in the summer of 2013.

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"Attack of the Killer Frog" by Cindy Iverson
I came to Phoenix . . . in a blue Oldsmobile in which the interior started melting and seeping white goo because it 115 degrees and the car had never been driven outside of the Midwest.

"Dive in PHX" by Cindy Iverson
I make art because . . . I like to meet in person the images I have floating around in my head, plus I get cranky when I don't make art.

I'm most productive when . . . I'm in the 11th hour of a deadline--it's like a creative haboob and then there is much to clean up afterwards with ink, type and furniture! It makes Gary, my husband absolutely crazy; he is much more balanced.

My inspiration wall is full of . . . vintage books and lots of windows so I can see outside. Written words, a phrase or even a single word can be creative launch pad for me and of course nature does it best when it comes to art and design.

I've learned the most from . . . lots of experimenting, making prototypes and getting my hands dirty in creating the work. When I first started teaching art, it would drive me crazy to see adult students so reluctant to try things where they might fail. Some of the most interesting aha moments happen after a failure.

Good work should always . . . draw you in and evoke a thought, feeling or emotion.

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"Happiness Items" by Cindy Iverson
The Phoenix creative scene could use more . . . places like Creative Reuse. Creative Reuse is a place where businesses can donate obsolete items instead of throwing them out--from vintage office supplies to a bakery that donating all their frosting pails or a manufacturer donating mysterious plastic forms.

There was a Creative Reuse that frequented while in grad school in Chicago and you could get a grocery bag of seemingly unnecessary odd-lot objects for $2. It was great for creative inspiration and for making mixed media work. Plus all sorts of interesting characters shopped or worked there.

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"Take One" by Cindy Iverson
The Creatives, so far ... (And while you're here, check out 100 Tastemakers on Chow Bella.)

100:Lara Plecas
99. Isaac Caruso
98. Brandon Gore
97. Kelsey Dake
96. Hector Ruiz
95. Caroline Battle
94: Jennifer Campbell
93. Jeff Chabot
92. Tiffiney Yazzie
91. Daniel Germani
90. Irma Sanchez
89. Daniel m. Davis
88. Kirstin Van Cleef
87. Emmett Potter
86. Sarah Hurwitz
85. Christine Cassano
84. Fred Tieken
83. Lindsay Kinkade
82. Ruben Galicia
81. Robert Uribe
80. Heidi Abrahamson
79. Josephine Davis
78. Travis Ladue
77. Taz Loomans
76. Mikey Jackson
75. Alex Empty
74. Joe Ray
73. Carol Roque
72. Daniel Funkhouser
71. Carla Chavarria
70. Hugo Medina
69. Cavin Costello
68. Claire Carter
67. Lindsay Tingstrom
66. Catherine Ruane
65. Christopher Crosby
64. Aaron Johnson
63. Brenda Eden
62. Colton Brock
61. Ernesto Moncada
60. Benjamin Phillips
59. Brad Armstrong
58. Angela Hardison
57. Tyler Quinn
56. Andrew James Benson
55. Charles Anthony Darr
54: Tiffe Fermaint
53. Eric Cox
52. Victor Vasquez
51. John Randall Nelson
50. Lauren Lee
49. Kyle Jordre
48. Julie C. Kent
47. Sean Deckert
46. Niba DelCastillo
45. Joseph Benesh
44. Ashley Harder
43. Dan Vermillion
42. Daniel Shepherd
41. James B. Hunt
40. Lori Fenn
39. Seth Gideon Fainkujen
38. Wayne Rainey
37. Christian Filardo
36. Melissa Cody
35. Jason Rudolph Peña

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