Bridget Elmer is an artist, bookmaker and letterpress printer working in Asheville, NC, where she is rebuilding her platen press, tuning up her 1966 flatbed truck, and retrofitting open source philosophy to book technologies. Bridget studied bookbinding, letterpress printing, printmaking and the history of the book at the Cooper Union, Center for Book Arts, Penland School of Crafts, Asheville BookWorks and the California Rare Book School. She received her MFA in the Book Arts from the University of Alabama in 2010, and she will graduate with her second Masters in Library and Information Studies in 2011. Bridget recently served as the Resident Artist at the Small Craft Advisory Press at Florida State University, where she completed her creative thesis project and taught undergraduate courses in Book Structures. She also served as Visiting Art Professor at The Press at Colorado College in the summer of 2010, where she taught a course on Book Arts & Letterpress. In addition to her on-going work as the proprietor of Flatbed Splendor, Bridget is the co-founder of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), an organization for those who make experimental or conceptual work with obsolete technology.