Prototype #1

Little online presence recently as I have been involved with three others on a project at North Bay Letterpress Arts which we have called Prototype. Prototype #1 is a new _____________________. We are leaving it blank because it is still unclear to us what it is and what will come. So

Here beginneth:

Some Kind of Information. About the nature of Titles. Inspired by a poet who introduced a poem with two titles, then another with three and another without. Prototype #1 reflects our conversations and explorations about titles—-what they are, and what they are not. Of course we started by first consulting the dictionary for its definition:

  1. The name of a book, composition, or other artistic work

  2. A name that describes someone’s position or job

  3. The position of being the champion of a major sports competition

  4. A right or claim to the ownership of property or to a rank or throne

  5. (in church use) a fixed sphere of work and source of income as a condition or ordination


1. give a name to (a book, composition, or other work)


Old Englishtitul, reinforced by Old Frenchtitle, both from Latintitulus’ inscription, title’. The word originally denoted a placard or inscription placed on an object, giving information about it, hence a descriptive heading in a book or other composition.

Four folds and 24 folds ago. Now prepared to assemble.

Four folds and 24 folds to go to create just the structure (the spine and cover) for prototype. Image above are the printed parts of the spine for 100 prototypes.

Four folds and 24 folds to go to create just the structure (the spine and cover) for prototype. Image above are the printed parts of the spine for 100 prototypes.

Still under construction due to be launched at *NBLA’s Second Annual Fundraiser on Sunday, October 6th.

We have printed and currently are binding an edition of 100. Pricing still under discussion as we are trying to decide how to price it— by its folds, its page number, print runs, and…..

All proceeds will benefit North Bay Letterpress Arts. More to come upon its completion.

*One more note:

You’re invited to our Second Annual Fundraiser!

Please join us at Hopmonk Tavern for our Second Annual Fundraiser on October 6th! A celebration of printmaking, book arts, education and community. Tickets are available by contacting NBLA

Sunday, October 6, 2019
Lunch: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM at HopMonk
Reception: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Iota Printshop

500 Handmade Books

I am pleased to announce the inclusion of my artist book, Tangled Dreams in the upcoming Lark Crafts Publication, 500 Handmade Books Volume 2.  Some of you may know that Tangled Dreams is one of several projects on which I collaborated with artist Elizabeth Sher.  The book will be released to the bookstores in  September of 2013. Tangled Dreams, 2012 Artist Book with wrap. 8.25 x 8.13 x .33 inches

Tangled Dreams in Wrap

Tangled Dreams

Tangled Dreams Cover

It started with a rusty bedspring that I found in a barn and took into my studio. I noticed the intriguing patterns of its shadows playing against my studio wall and began taking a series of close-up photographs of them.  This humble beginning led to three series of work: mixed media works on paper, an artist book and a video.

Tangled Dreams is one of six Edition Varie.  The artist book is an accordion fold made with digital images of bedsprings layered and manipulated; the images became the basis for an examination of memory, dreams and loss. The book reflects a range of feelings found in our dreams from twists and turns, to torques, coils and agitated sensations.

Materials for the book include acrylic ink on Moab Entrada Natural 190 lb. rag paper, waxed & stained organza silk and Cave paper.