Starfangled Press

Welcome to Starfangled Press 

  Starfangled Press is a Printmaking studio, gallery, and storefront.

Driven by the belief that art makes life better, Starfangled Press aims to connect more art to the everyday. In addition to creating handprinted art and goods that are both fine and affordable, we offer workshops, demonstrations, and services for all levels of experience.

Located in beautiful Brevard, NC Starfangled Press is owned and operated by Kristen Necessary. 

Visit us at 36 W Jordan Street, Brevard, NC 28712.

What is Printmaking?

What is printmaking? Printmaking is the process of making artworks by printing, or transferring ink from one surface to another. Starfangled Press creates original prints using traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, woodcut, letterpress, and screen print.

 Unlike a reproduction, an original print is created by an artist as an original artwork in its own right . All original prints and printed objects created at Starfangled Press are printed by hand with top-quality materials from a plate, block, or screen on which the artist has directly worked.

Kristen Necessary

Kristen Necessary was born and raised in southwest Virginia among the mountains of Central Appalachia. The experience of this place continues to exert a strong influence on her artistic work in which investigates the interdependent relationship of place and identity.

Kristen currently lives in Brevard, NC where she works as a studio artist, educator, and owner + operator of Starfangled Press. She teaches printmaking workshops in the Western North Carolina community at Starfangled Press in Brevard and at Asheville BookWorks in West Asheville. Specializing in Relief, Intaglio, Screen Print, and Drawing, Kristen received her MFA in Printmaking from The University of Iowa in 2011, and her BFA in Painting + Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008.

Kristen has attended artist residencies and workshops throughout the United States including ACRE and Anderson Ranch. She is a recipient of the Iowa Arts Council Major Grant, the SOUP Artist Grant, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship. Her work is widely exhibited and found in numerous national and international collections, including the Collection of the US Embassy (Iceland), Collection of Cork Printmakers (Ireland), PROYECTO´ ace Print Collection (Argentina), and the Denver Art Museum (USA).