Maine Media Workshop Letterpress Class

August 4 to August 10, 2019

Letterpress printing can be a slow process, but it can also be very spontaneous. Using a Vandercook proof press with magnet and Boxcar bases it is possible to print in a spontaneous manner composing the image as you print. Stainless steel wire combined with various sticky backed foams can be cut and manipulated  to make shapes and lines quickly and can be altered as needed. P22Blox are shaped modules that can be combined and recombined to forms letters, frames, figures and more. The emphasis will be on experimentation and variation rather than on specific end products. Each participant will contribute a set sized sample print for a portfolio exchange. For more information go their website: Maine Media Workshops

Open Sesame: The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed

March 1 to June 9, 2019

My book Desdemona In Her Own Words is included in the exhibit Open Sesame! The Magic of Artist’s Books Revealed, a major look into the special world of Artist’s Books. This exhibition is co-curated by BIMA’s Founder, Cynthia Sears, Amy Goldthwaite (BIMA Curatorial Associate), and Catherine Alice Michaelis (Artist). Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Bainbridge Island, WA.

Page by Page: Contemporary Artist’s Books

February 9 to April 20, 2019

My three books King Leer: A Tragedy in Five Puppets, It Didn’t Just Happen, Out There In Here are included in Page by Page: Contemporary Artist’s BooksThe exhibit offers visitors the chance to discover what truly makes an artist’s book — intent. During the mid-20th century, artists began to experiment with book form and function. The art objects they created encompassed a wide variety of features. Today, artists’ books exist in museums, art galleries, rare book libraries, and private collections. This exhibition brings the engaging world of book arts to the Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, GA. For more information: https://thehudgens.org/exhibitions/??

The Tragedy of King Lear

I began reading King Lear again after the 2016 presidential election. If Hillary Clinton had been elected maybe I would have gravitated to Macbeth. As I read and reread the play I tried to focus only on the themes of the tragedy. There are many differences between this play and current events but there are also some similarities. The vanity and folly of an aging man is a family tragedy. When that man is also the leader of a nation it becomes a tragedy for the whole country. Many thanks to Laura Martin for introducing me to Man Ray’s painting Hamlet at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This in turn led me to the book Man Ray Human Equations {a journey from mathematics to Shakespeare},  published by Hatje Cantz Verlag, Germany 2015. Printed letterpress on Text Wove paper using hand set type, polymer plates from Boxcar Press, pressure printing, collage, and paper engineering. Bound with covers of Grey Rives BFK Heavyweight using a packed single needle link stitch and linen thread. Encased in a cloth covered clam shell box. Begun in 2016 and fully completed in early 2019. Edition of 25 copies and a few artist’s proofs.

The book will soon be seen in the collections of the University of Iowa, Pennsylvania University, Columbia University, Washington University, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, University of Missouri, Indiana University, and the Library of Congress.

Codex VII 2019, Table 86

February 3, 2019toFebruary 6, 2019

  

I will once again be presenting my books at the Codex Book Fair in Richmond, CA at the Craneway Pavilion, February 3-6, 2019. I will have three new books: The Tragedy of King Lear, Order of Appearance, and Cross Words as well as recent books King Leer: A Tragedy in Five PuppetsFunny Peculiar Funny Ha Ha, and Out There In Here. For more information: CODEX 2019

Maine Media Workshop letterpress class

August 4, 2019toAugust 10, 2019

   

Letterpress printing can be a slow process, but it can also be very spontaneous. Using a Vandercook proof press with magnet and Boxcar bases it is possible to print in a spontaneous manner composing the image as you print. Stainless steel wire combined with various sticky backed foams can be cut and manipulated  to make shapes and lines quickly and can be altered as needed. P22Blox are shaped modules that can be combined and recombined to forms letters, frames, figures and more. The emphasis will be on experimentation and variation rather than on specific end products. Each participant will contribute a set sized sample print for a portfolio exchange. For more information go their website: Maine Media Workshops

Bodleian Bibligraphic Press project

   

The project Order of Appearance: Disorder of Disappearance, printed for the Bodelian Bibliographic Press has been completed and the first copy has become a part of the collections at the Bodelian Libraries. Additional copies will be for sale at the Codex Book Fair in 2019. Robert Bolick visited and included a write-up of the project on his blog: Books On Books – Curated by Robert Bolick

Printer in Residence Bibliographic Press, Bodleian Libraries

     

I am now in Oxford, ready to start printing my project: titled Order of Appearance: Disorder of Disappearance. The press room is located off the courtyard of the Old Bodelian library building with a lovely view of the Radcliffe Camera (reading rooms for English, history, and theology collections) out the window. The press is a British licensed version of a Vandercook proof press, it seems about like an SP20 to me.