Next Event

06 AUG


Doors at 6:30

Presentations at 7:20

Poster Designed & Letterpress Printed : Striped Light


Featured Presentation

Nichole McMinn shares her story, learning to face her fears and push herself in what she loves. A discussion of the struggles of the creative mind, the challenges faced as a young artist, and the realizations reached during this pursuit. 

"Presentation of the Day" on October 29, 2014.


Photo Adventures


Jessica Tezak is a photojournalist who loves telling stories through her photography. In this presentation, Jessica shares some of her favorite photographs, the stories behind them, and how the people involved have influenced her.


From A Hong Konger: A Way To Increase The US National Renewable Energy Production


Cultural shock would be an understatement for Hoi Chun Ho, a Hong Kong native moving to For Scott, Kansas, a town with a population of 8000, when he was 16. No more skyscrapers and no more sidewalks and crossroads for pedestrians as big as football fields (of course, American football); however, besides from feeling lonely and bored, he also felt immensely excited. Through the open fields in America, he sees opportunities. Come learn what opportunities a Hong Kong city boy saw to boost America’s clean, reliable, domestic, base-load, renewable energy production.


Flips Batter Bar


Flips Batter Bar is Melody Ratliff's playful spin on the traditional morning routine, where the customer participates with the creative expression of their meal. Flips has multiple batter choices, things to put in your pancake, and an incredible syrup bar with all homemade syrups. A gourmet breakfast that is just how you want it. 


The Literacy Imperative

@ VOL 15 ON MAY 07, 2015

A vision from God, led Jackie Holloway to become Art Director for The Literacy Imperative; Inc. in 2008, offering free classes, exposing students to art history and education. The studio provides students an overview of art instruction, trends, techniques and styles, enhancing their ability, bringing spiritual change through art.  Student art exhibits were held at local & regional venues to assist students marketing art work becoming profitable artist. Students have gone on to college, become business owners, and even instructors.


Old Harp

@ VOL 15 ON MAY 07, 2015

Knoxville’s old harp singers taught Jeremy Shipp to sing, using an oblong shape-note tune book published in Knoxville in 1867. Old harp is the tradition and community of singing from this book. If you show up, you’re a singer. Each singer takes a turn choosing a song and leading it from the center of the hollow square, and the unaccompanied four-part harmony is a raw, visceral, ancient sound. There is no audience, only singers... and a potluck dinner on the grounds.


Starting a Newsweekly. In the 21st Century. Seriously.

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

In the days before Knoxville's urban revitalization, the Metro Pulse weekly paper became a catalyst for conversations which had a positive effect on the city's future. Now Knoxville is primed for the next wave of success beyond downtown and yet there is silence when those conversations are needed most. The core staff of the former Metro Pulse is launching a new paper. As the largest independent, locally-focused paper with the most experienced staff in town, the Knoxville Mercury will facilitate new conversations about our future, provide the city with investigative journalism, give voice to underserved communities and illuminate the region's history and unique culture. This presentation will provide insights on the development of paper and share some sneak peaks of the design that will be nearing completion in mid-February.


Five Orders

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

I will present a manuscript that represents experiences of my family and I with focus on columns. Columns are supporting element in architecture and also represent a metaphor for me: a support of the family. As a parent I see myself as a pillar of the family, a support to my daughter with whom I can share my experience.
Through my dreamy settings, I want to preserve this experience and be that support and teach her to look and appreciate her environment. I grew up in Slovakia with being surrounded by architecture from the fifteenth century to modern. When I arrived to the U.S., I was surprised and realized how quickly my immediate environment changed when buildings were demolished and replaced. I felt a sense of lost due to this change. In my work, I feel a need to maintain, document, or revive the familiarity of the experienced space.


How To Make Printmaking Accessible To All

@ VOL 14 ON FEB 12, 2015

Striped Light is a creative output imprint producing fine art, recorded material, and cultural experiences. This new establishment is the studio, office, and team headquarters for a trio of creative minds that have joined forces. They will be publishing, collaborating, and exploring tangents of their own volition as works are developed for the Striped Light catalog and portfolio. This team of experienced printers will also be available for hire, offering limited-edition custom letterpress design and printing for events, business ephemera, and artistic ventures.

Hands On Press, at Striped Light, is a space where creative collaborations can take place and unique editions get released. A letterpress print shop where projects can be realized by the public at large. It’s a learning center where classes lead to press rental. Retail and gallery space will show off what we do best and creative collaborative events will get scheduled regularly. What we need now is you.



Memory of Place

“I’m interested in the new spaces we’re forced to inhabit after disasters.”
Artist Victoria Buck is interested in the conflicting concepts of protection, vulnerability, and hope in the time during and following abrupt natural disasters.
In “Memory of Place” from PKN Knoxville Vol. 14, she discusses her work, and how it’s intended to investigate the naive trust we place upon the shelter systems we have in place, and their supposed ability to protect us.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Dianna Osickey

    Dianna graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Architecture. She is a licensed architect with a specialty in lighting design. Her desire to combine the design process with a high level of craftsmanship have merged to create Fourth Year Studio - a custom design and letterpress company in Knoxville, TN. You can find her combing through antique stores for wooden type or inking up the press in her spare time.

  • Lorie Matthews

    A lover of all things creative, especially her designer husband, Lorie is currently pursing a Master's Degree in Conflict Management. She enjoys finding creative ways to bring people together to create collaborative outcomes. Lorie is happy to be part of the team that connects creatives in Knoxville through PechaKucha Night!

  • Ashley Pace

    Ashley is a Registered Architect in the State of Tennessee. She currently works at Sanders Pace Architecture as an architect and in business development. Ashley received her Master of Industrial Design graduate degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee where she was valedictorian of her School of Architecture class. With degrees in both architecture and industrial design, Ashley's work covers a broad range of design including furniture, product, interiors, and architecture. Ashley teaches at The University of Tennessee as an Adjunct Studio Professor. She spends most of her free-time wrangling her three beautiful and crazy kids.

  • Katie Schulz

    New on the scene in Knoxville, Katie recently graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She has an A.A. in Liberal Arts, a B.F.A. in Interior Design, and a minor in Design for Sustainability. As a self-proclaimed adventurist and design enthusiast, she finds her passion in creating memorable experiences within interior space. When not in her creative cubicle, you can find her exploring new neighborhoods, pretending she is Julia Child in the kitchen, or supporting local coffee houses while catching up on pinterest, pop culture references, and design trends.

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