Staff Highlight: Andrew Stearns
Andrew is the screenprinter and head of production here at Webster Ink. His interest in the arts led him to this work. It started when he was a young adult, screen printing DIY (Do it yourself) stickers and t-shirts. After a few years of making hand-printed art and products he sought out work at a commercial screen printing company, where he began his career as a professional printmaker.
“I have always had a very DIY aesthetic so I like being hands on in all aspects of my art.”
After several years of screen printing textiles and small graphics on a commercial scale, Andrew took a flat stock printmaking class at ISKRA Print Collective to explore additional techniques. Soon after the class finished he began assisting ISKRA with production for gig posters. During this time he met Evan Webster (founder of Webster Ink) and joined the Webster Ink team. With 12 years of professional screen printing under his belt Andrew is still at it. We are very lucky to have such a skilled and talented printmaker leading our production work.
Andrew is also a musician. He’s been playing bluegrass/old time music since he was young and has been an active musician in the Vermont area for 10 years. He plays the upright bass, guitar, banjo and is currently in four bands (Big night, Wild Lake River, Old sky and a collective out of Boston called Dumpster Debbie).
“My music and art are intertwined in many ways.”
Andrew does the graphic design and prints all the materials for his record releases. He is a hobby photographer and will often make detailed screen prints out of his photographs. He serves on the Board of Directors at ISKRA where he teaches screenprinting and helps with poster production.
“My favorite thing about Burlington is being connected to rural communities, a vibrant art scene close and being close to swimming holes.”
Andrew’s weekends are filled with music. He travels a lot and plays between 1-4 shows per week. With rehearsals he ends up playing music almost every day. In between gigs you can likely find him at ISKRA print collective. Please follow his work and music on Instagram @clawhammerstearns