5Qs With: Mary Mashburn & Allison Fisher, Globe Poster
Some people thank their lucky stars, while letter printer Mary Mashburn thanks a block of copper, shaped into the head Marvin Gaye. Apparently, if it wasn’t for the “What’s Going On” singer -or his head, at least -the famous prints of the Globe Poster company may have never made it to MICA.
“We always laugh that Marvin Gaye is the patron saint because Fred Lazarus really likes that Marvin Gaye head. And I think that’s the first thing that got him kind of interested in how this could all be used,” Mashburn said.
Mashburn, a MICA instructor and Typecast Press owner, is referring to how the works of a company, known for creating iconic show posters for entertainment greats like James Brown, Etta James, and yes, Marvin Gaye, was passed on into the safe haven of the Maryland Institute College of Art.
For decades, Globe Poster had been clanking away and creating these loud colored announcements in its Highlandtown location in East Baltimore. But on the verge of shutting down, lovers of the Globe Poster style put their heads together to save the endangered Baltimore fixture.
Mashburn said she was captivated by the posters after she had taken her letterpress students on field trips to the company’s productions space. But she couldn’t imagine losing the Baltimore-based company’s posters and tools to the likes of Ebay, or worse, the dumpsters. And that’s when the idea of MICA buying the Globe Poster collection came to mind.
“It was really Allison’s class that just pushed for this to happen at MICA. We got to a certain point in negotiations and they were like, ‘We really want this. We could make this a magical thing at MICA,'” Mashburn explained.
After it became official MICA property in 2011, 16 box trucks-worth of invaluable Baltimore history moved from Highlandtown to Bolton Hill, later that summer.
Both Mashburn and former star student, now instructor at MICA, Allison Fisher, run the the Globe Poster Collection at MICA and will be speaking at this month’s CreativeMornings Baltimore talk, discussing INK.
We brought along some Dooby’s coffee to the school’s Bolton Hill location, on Dolphin Street, that houses the printmaking department, to chat with the lovely ladies of Globe Poster at MICA.
Here’s our 5Q’s With.