Fox-2 Detroit Spotlights Local Artist Karen Moeller, Acoustic Routes and Mavis Staples

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 12/22/2019 - 16:41
Karen Moeller of Saline sets type on a letterpress machine (photo courtesy of Fox-2 Detroit)

Television station Fox-2 Detroit has posted a multi-media feature on its website showcasing Saline fine artist and graphic designer Karen Moeller and the keepsake poster she designed for a concert starring civil rights icon, gospel legend and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Mavis Staples.

Acoustic Routes Concerts of Saline is producing the Feb. 15, 2020 event at the historic Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor to raise money for The Breakfast at St. Andrew’s daily meal program, which serves the homeless and working poor.

The Fox-2 story traces the production of the poster using the ancient letterpress printing method, which is being kept alive by the Signal Return studio in Detroit’s Eastern Market and The Hatch Show Print Company of Nashville. It’s a labor-intensive process using hand-carved images, hand-set wood and metal type and hand-cranked presses.

“This is not efficient, what we’re doing," Moeller told Fox-2. "But it has its own beauty. I mean even the space - don’t you just feel it?”

“I think a lot of people want to work with their hands,” added Lynne Avadenka, director of Signal Return. “They're sick of the computer. You definitely see that when you have university students come in here. They're very attracted to the fact they're not sitting in front of a screen.”

The Mavis Staples concert in Ann Arbor will showcase an artist who continues to win new fans through her work with Hozier, Norah Jones, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow and more.  Patch Magazine named her one of the decade.

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