James joins Making Ways to discuss how he came to open up his own shop, The Aesthetic Union, his bumpy academic days in high school, how a vocational graphic design school opened up a world of opportunity for him, and the very first steps he took in his career that, with persistence (and a little luck), eventually led him down the right path. James also fills us in on the year he spent living on a boat in the San Francisco Bay.
“I didn’t realize [at the time] that I was not not good at learning, I was just not being taught the way my mind wants to be taught.”-James Tucker
James Tucker is a printmaker and the owner of The Aesthetic Union in San Francisco. He is a lover of all things tangible—the things you can make and hold in your hand and the world outside of a computer screen. He’s a member of the Dolphin Club, one of San Francisco’s oldest establishments, where he swims and works on boats. James was born and raised in New Jersey, surrounded by close-knit family. He attended Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, and the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, where he received his BFA in printmaking in 2007.
In the latest episode of Making Ways, I sat down with printer and artist James Tucker, the owner of San Francisco’s The Aesthetic Union, to get a closer look at the timeless process of letterpress and the uncharted waters he navigated as a designer (as well as those encountered when he lived on a boat in the San Francisco Bay). Tune in to hear more about James’s fantastic journey from the Christmas tree farm in New Jersey where he was raised to the solo expedition to San Francisco that ultimately led him to open up his own shop and print studio.