Laura Berman (b. 1973) is a Kansas City-based artist. Her widely-collected monoprints are hand-printed, drawing inspiration from the Flint Hills region, supernovae, and the connection between expanses and details within space. Laura Berman is a Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has taught in the Printmaking Department since 2002. Together with her husband, she runs Prairieside Cottage and Outpost, a family-friendly artist’s retreat in Matfield Green, Kansas. Her work has been featured in the recent books Contemporary American Printmakers, Printmaking at the Edge and A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking.
- Relief printing
Speedball soft rubber brayers are a hands-down favorite tool in my studio. I use them each and every time I print. These brayers are affordable, reliable, easy to use and clean, and they last a long time. I learned about the power of these small brayers while printing alongside Teresa Cole, my graduate school mentor. Teresa inked her 48” x 48” wood cut plates with a 6” speedball brayer with consistent and stunning results. In 10 years of printing in my own studio space, and using multiple brayers every time I print, I have only had to replace the brayers 3 times.