Emily Larned in her studio RCHQ, June 2020

all about the work of

Emily Larned

Emily Larned has been publishing as a socially engaged art practice since 1993, when as a teenager she made her first zine. She is co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA, est. 2008), a union for reflective creative practice, which to date has counted over 400 members in 37 states and 6 countries. ILSSA explores the immaterial working conditions of impractical laborers through participatory projects, publications, and exhibitions. Through her imprint Alder & Frankia (est. 2016), she publishes new collaborations and reissues of feminist archival material.

Emily's award-winning artist books, zines, & publications (including Muffin Bones zine, Memorytown USA zine, Parfait zine, & artist books under her former imprint Red Charming) are collected by over 70 institutions internationally, including the Tate, the Brooklyn Museum, the V&A, & the Smithsonian, & are exhibited around the world. Her work has received accolades from the AIGA (50 Books | 50 Covers), the Type Directors Club (TDC) (The World's Best Typography), and the Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) (Gold & Silver awards in Book Design, Spirit of Creativity Award). She graduated from Yale School of Art with an MFA in Graphic Design and is currently Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Emily's studio RCHQ is located in the American Fabrics Building in Bridgeport, CT. Subscribe to the (infrequent, promise!) RCHQ New News newsletter and / or follow on Instagram to hear about new publications and projects. You can read her writing about bookmaking on the CBAA's Book Art Theory Blog.

Say hello at [email protected].

Emily Larned at ILSSA Implement exhibition, VSW, 2017
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