The Coffey Residency – week four


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It’s a short work week for week four. I will be away through the weekend to Cape Cod to celebrate my daughter’s 30th birthday. All the backgrounds are now printed in two colors. Lots and lots of patterns. 18 print runs have been completed, 22 remain. Printing will be finished next week.

The Coffey Residency – week three


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Week three started with prepping. At the end of the week, all the paper has been cut, the inks are mixed, the plates have arrived from Boxcar and printing has begun. There are more press runs than I care to contemplate at the moment but I love checking them off, one by one.

The Coffey Residency – week two


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Week two was devoted to making decisions and moving forward. We finalized the design of both the project and a keepsake. Mock-ups were made and remade, ideas failed and succeeded. Ellen worked her Illustrator magic and saved me days of computer frustration. We have now ordered paper, polymer plates and adhesive. The materials budget is pretty well spent.

The Floating Library

July 18, 2015toAugust 1, 2015


My book Landlocked is a part of the Floating Library, a lending library of artist books housed on a custom-made raft on Silver Lake in Silverwood Park, Saint Anthony, MN. The library is open on the weekends in July and on August 1 at 8:30 pm there will be a moonlight paddle / poetry reading / closing event. For more information: the Floating Library.

The Coffey Residency – week one


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The first week of my residency is devoted to research in the Citrus fruit label collection in Smathers Special Collections Library at the U of Florida. There are hundreds of labels and they are gorgeous.

An Ideation Experience at Abecedarian Gallery

June 19, 2015toAugust 1, 2015

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My book Who Gets to Say is included in the current exhibit An Ideation Experience at the Abecedarian Gallery in Denver. The exhibition of contemporary artist books is curated by Alicia Bailey. The exhibition features entirely new and original handmade books from  students, educators and studio artists working in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. All of the works were created and produced over the past several months as a response to each artists’ drawing a series of cards from Chen and Tetenbaum’s Artists’ Book Ideation Card Decks. The works in the exhibit provide an exciting overview of the richness and variety that is possible when one works from an imposed set of parameters. To see the online exhibit go to:

Ideation Experience | Product Categories | Abecedarian Gallery

New Impressions in American Letterpress

May 15, 2015toJune 30, 2015
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My print Desdemona In Her Own Words: Who has been selected by Tracy Honn for this exhibit at the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI. The thirty-seven selected works in New Impressions in American Letterpress persuasively represent the exuberant vibrancy of contemporary printmaking. View a pdf of the catalog here:

Pantone Postcard Project in London

June 15, 2015toJuly 3, 2015

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The postcards will be in London at the St Bride Foundation from June 15 to July 3, 2015. More information at Designer Bookbinders. Additional images of the exhibit can be seen on the postcards page.

U of FL Coffey Residency

June 29, 2015toAugust 7, 2015

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Artist Emily Martin chosen for the inaugural Coffey Residency in Book Arts

Book artist Emily Martin has been selected as the visiting artist for the Coffey Residency in Book Arts at the George A. Smathers Libraries. Martin is a faculty member of the University of Iowa Center of the Book and has produced over 35 artists books under her imprint, Naughty Dog Press. Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally, including MOCA Chicago, The Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Library of Congress. Her most recent publication is Desdemona In Her Own Words.

The Coffey Residency is a newly established opportunity for a selected artist to access the Special and Area Studies Collections (SASC) at University of Florida Smathers Libraries as the impetus for the creation of a letterpress printed, editioned artists’ book. Each year, a topic of interdisciplinary research will be selected by curators of the SASC. For the inaugural year, the theme of the artist’s book will be inspired by the university’s unique and abundant Florida Citrus Label Collection. During the six-week summer residency, the artist will interact with librarians, curators, faculty and students across the university. Production of the project will involve conference, consultation and technical assistance from Ellen Knudson, Associate in Book Arts. The project will be produced using the letterpress and book arts facilities and equipment in the University of Florida School of Art & Art History. The residency takes place from June 29 – August 7, 2015.

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St Bride’s Foundation Talk, London

May 27, 2015
7:30 pmto8:30 pm


I will be giving a talk entitled: A Finger In Many Pies: The Pantone Postcard Project, the Guild of Book Workers, the University of Iowa Center for the Book and the Naughty Dog Press at the St Bride’s Foundation in London on May 27 at 7:30pm.