"In the late 1970s [Kiki] Smith joined Collaborative Projects, Inc. (Colab), a loosely knit cooperative artists’ group that worked outside the commercial gallery system. The group would become known for the densely packed thematic exhibitions it held in roughhewn alternative venues, and for exploring social concerns through bold figurative imagery. One of Colab’s tangential activities was an important series of stores that sold inexpensive artworks and artist-made accessories. Known as the A. More Store, these impromptu shops, held at different venues every year (usually around Christmas), became lively outlets for artists’ multiples (fig. 1). Smith spearheaded the first one, which was held in a storefront on Broome Street, SoHo, in 1980, and she continued to make multiples for the store for the next few years. Colab launched a new aesthetic, one poised against the post-Minimalist abstract art of the 1970s and centered on community concerns and a return to representation. Following in a tradition of activist artist collaborations, aiming for a democratic approach and emphasizing the accessibility of the art objects it produced, Colab embraced a philosophy that clearly gelled with Smith’s and encouraged her populist tendencies. This was the formative milieu of her early years in New York."
page 13 Kiki Smith: Prints, Books & Things The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2003
prepping for my first-in-years letterpress lesson with frostillo. experimenting with wood and lead type, and a few different kinds of paper including brown kraft, plain white bond, heavy bristol, and a paper with nice texture made for drawing with charcoal.