What is STRETCH?

A chance to take a break, stretch your mind, be entertained and inspired by award-winning designers and illustrators.

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Denise Bosler

Denise Bosler is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator, author and professor of Communication Design at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania. Denise has focused her design career on print collateral, product packaging, and identity development. She is the author of Mastering Type: The Essential Guide to Typography for Print and Web Design (HOW books 2012) and is currently writing her second book, Creative Anarchy, about learning—and breaking—the rules of design. For the past 10 years, Denise has taught illustration and upper level graphic design classes, allowing her to share her professionally applied and tested knowledge. As a professor, she is known for her obsession with the proper treatment of type, and is frequently heard admonishing her students when they fail to kern accurately.

Floyd Cooper

With more than 90 children’s books published and more than 2000 book-cover illustrations, Floyd has established himself as a master craftsman of children’s literature and illustration. He has received numerous awards and praise for his work, including three Coretta Scott King Honors, NAACP Image Award, the New Jersey Center for the Book Inaugural Award, the Jane Addams Peace Honor, Simon Wiesenthal Gold Medal, IPPY Gold medal, Pennsylvania School Librarians Outstanding Illustrator, multiple ALA notables, numerous Bank Street College Book of the Year Honors, Parent’s Choice Honors, and starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Journal, and the Texas Bluebonnet Award. The illustrative technique Floyd uses is called oil wash on board. He paints an illustration board with oil paint, and then with a stretchy eraser, he erases the paint to make a picture! He calls this method of painting a “subtractive process.” This Tulsa native makes his home in Easton, PA with his wife and two sons.

Drew Friedman

Award-winning artist Drew Friedman's comics and illustrations have appeared in Raw, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The New York Observer, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Rolling Stone among many others, as well as numerous book covers and art created for Topps and Shout! Factory. His work has been collected in five anthologies, the most recent, "TOO SOON?". "Drew Friedman's Sideshow Freaks" was published in 2011. Steven Heller in the The New York Times wrote of his three volumes of portraiture of "Old Jewish Comedians": "A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces. Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt". New York's Society of Illustrators will be hosting a gallery show of all his Old Jewish Comedians artwork in 2014.

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