Meet Robin & The Press

Robin Price is an artist, editor, designer, letterpress printer & publisher, creating artists’ books since 1984. “A chameleon among book artists,” she has a long history of collaborating with others, with extensive diversity in content and form. Her limited edition press books, prints, and unique work are collected and exhibited internationally. Robin established her press in the Los Angeles area in 1984, under the imprint Lavender Armadillo Press, later revised to Robin Price, Printer & Publisher. Since 1995, the press has been located in an historic textile mill in Middletown, Connecticut, producing work with a team of assistants, apprentices, and interns over the years. 

Spring 2019 The more direct first-person narrative: For years I have been trying to ferret out a pathway for my work/the press during what has been a challenging and confusing time of post-concussion syndrome, following a major concussion in 2012 & subsequent head injuries. I am so pleased to type the keys that announce I am finding some sure footing. Two new works in progress reveal what feels vital for me to do now: Witnessing Ecology: the agave plant book and Folded Meditation. I invite you to stay tuned for more. (Please see email sign up at bottom of home page.)

Price used her left (non-dominant) hand to write the quotation by John Cage for As You Continue, a book celebrating Cage's 100th birthday. Video created by Eric Leone of Neue Studios.

What & When

1962 Born, Denton, Texas

1980-1995 Lived in Claremont and Los Angeles, California

1984 Received B.A. from Pomona College; Studio Art major

1987-88 Worked at Susan King's Paradise Press

1988 Bought first printing press, a Vandercook sp-15

1988-92 Assistant to the Master Printer, University of Southern California Fine Arts Press

1992 Began full-time operation of the press in Los Angeles (initially as Lavender Armadillo Press, part-time since 1984)

1992-95 Adjunct faculty, Occidental College, Los Angeles

1995 Move from Los Angeles to Middletown, Connecticut; established current home for the press at the historic Starr Mill (formerly Starr Mill Guns & Swords)

1997-present Guest teaching and workshops at Dartmouth College, Colorado College, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Columbia College Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, Scripps College, Wesleyan University Graduate Liberal Arts Studies Program, among others

2014-17 Adjunct faculty, Trinity College, Hartford