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:

NOUN
  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

VERB

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

ORIGIN

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

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

I continue to work at this press on Thursdays, making artist books and broadsides under the
imprint of ath’wart press. Each year I reflect on how fortunate I am to have discovered this
place and the printers who work here. Come by on Sunday and help us celebrate all that is offered!

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Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 9th
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Free! Donations encouraged.

North Bay Letterpress Arts
925d Gravenstein Hwy SO
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Join us at the print shop for our annual open house! Festivities include: handmade
books and cards, printed artwork, food & drink, delightful conversations, shop tours,
and printing demos. See you there!

I couldn't help myself!

 

LET IT BE (here)

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    LET IT BE (there)

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Credits:

Talk Back letterpress broadside by Judi Goldberg & Eric Johnson

Once We Knew letterpress broadside by Judi Goldberg

outwith construction by Brooke Holve (from Cuts Make You. exhibition at the Morris Graves Art Museum)

"Cuts Make You": a process played out

   

"Cuts Make You" colophon

 

tape hatching "bluebies" on scroll

 

Early this year, I completed a collection of five artists books, entitled "Cuts Make You" in response to my solo exhibition, Cuttings, at Risk Press Gallery (Sebastopol) in October of 2013.   For the exhibition, I installed an empty scroll book, inviting those who attended to mark it with blue masking tape and blue ink pens (refer to image above).  Upon the closing of the exhibit, the unfurling revealed a motley but contained collection of writing, scribbles, lines, tape and words. These marks became the prima materia for Cuts Make You.

Upon the closing of the exhibit, I cut up, printed upon and cut into the scroll, applying the similar methods that attendees used during the exhibit. Applying tape randomly to the surfaces, I printed over it with a die cut of the floor plan of the gallery to reference the place of the exhibit. Over and on the masked tyvek, I printed to cut out new spaces. Cutting and printing generated pages and ideas. The result is a series of books that hold and reference the archival and ephemeral of the exhibit.

 

Clamshell Box containing 5 artist books with pamphlet covers; 9 x 13 x 3.67 inches

 

Pamphlet Covers; each 7 x 8 x .25 inches

 

one of the artist books with remains from "cutting" process

 

Page spread of masking tape used to "cut out" parts of the schematic die cut

 

Detail of masking tape prints

Haystack 'overlooked': Stonington Public Library.

Stonington Public Library.

As a way to process and document my experience at Haystack last summer, I made 3 artist books which I hoped might capture a bit of my time there, the surrounding place as well as experiences in the studio.  The books are a collection of 'sorts'.  They are made from materials that I gathered: book pages from the Deer Isle dump, others from my CA. studio; old Maine maps purchased from Karna's shop in Belfast, ME;  stone images, laser cut and printed onto wood veneer and book pages; milk paint, encaustic wax and coffee sticks from the Haystack dining hall.

stonington Public Library.

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Upon reviewing the colophon that I had written, I realized that I had repeated the word, "overlooking" several times.  The word suggested to me that I rethink what I was making.  My direction shifted and the word, "overlook" became a focus.

Definition of "overlook"

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These books are a beginning of an exploration of form with the word, "overlook" as a focus.

More on "The Poetry of Printing" at RiskPress

   

 

 

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AndBut_1 on display at RiskPress

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"The Poetry of Printing"


exhibition runs till February 23rd at RiskPress Gallery in Sebastopol.  The gallery hours are Tues - Sunday, 11 - 7 and I will be sitting the gallery on Wednesdays from 11 - 3.  Stop by if you are in the area.

There also is a poetry reading,  A Speak Easy - Sounds in Print,  on February 16th, 2 - 4 and printing demos every Friday afternoon.

RiskPress Gallery  7345 Healdsburg Ave. Sebastopol, CA 95472

Iota's "The Poetry of Printing" at RiskPress

Iotians are busy this month preparing for the exhibit in February. Mark your calendar!

Iota Press & Co-op present:

 


 The Poetry of Printing

The Poetry of Printing

Featuring letterpress works by Megan A. Arnold, Serena Coltrane-Briscoe, Lyn Dillin, Lucille Friesen, Judi Goldberg, CK Itamura, Eric Johnson, Maia Kobabe, Tiana Krahn, Tami Lovett, Lin Max, Katie Nealon, Birgit Neilsen, Micah Schwaberow, Ash Weiss and me.

February 1 - 23, 2014

Opening Reception: Feb 1,  3 - 7

Love Letter Writing:  Feb 6,  5 - 9

A Speak Easy - Sounds in Print: Feb 16, 2 -4

Printing demos every Friday afternoon

Gallery Hours  11 - 7    Tues - Sun

RiskPress  Gallery  7345 Healdsburg Ave. Sebastopol, CA 95472  Contact: iota@sonic.net

Please stop by and be prepared to experience a wonderful exhibit!