Units is a set of 27 letterpress printed cards in a folded enclosure. The concept is based on the repurposing of architecture and the seemingly interchangeable lives conducted within. On one side of the cards is the outside of a building (loosely based on downtown White River Junction, VT). The other side of the cards show the people and activity on the inside. Some cards even show the top and bottom views of the goings on. The cards are slotted to allow assembly of different buildings and configuration of occupants. Pen and ink illustrations, letterpress printed with photo polymer plates on French Speckletone paper in an edition of 50. This is available for $150.
This multiplex carousel structure - a Continuously Convoluting Carousel - is the first of its kind. It was invented by bookbinder and conservator Graham Patten, and features artwork by printer, illustrator, and book artist Sarah Smith. It can be inverted on itself indefinitely, revealing a sequence of four different hidden openings or displays. A variation on the Jacob’s Ladder toy, the Continuously Convoluting Carousel employs the same double-action hinges that gave the original toy its characteristically illusive motion.
News Cycle is comments on our reactions to the news. Through the operation of the book, five groups of people express four different emotions—apathetic, shocked, angry and elated. The cycle continues indefinitely as the viewer manipulates the book and the people experience the news. The images were drawn in pen and ink and then printed with photopolymer plates.
Printed and bound in an edition of 30, this book is available for $1100.
Minutes: Dance Steps
for the Beleaguered
Minutes: Dance Steps for the Beleaguered depicts life in a meeting. Inspiration for the book came from co-workers, co-commuters, family and other co-captives. The text was heavily influenced by How to Know Fresh-Water Algae by G.W. Prescott, The Biggle Farm Library, The Shepherd’s Manual by Henry Stewart, The Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain, the on-line journal Applied Animal Behavior Science and many other insightful texts.
This is a letterpress printed case-bound accordion book in an edition of 36. It was made during a residency at Asheville Bookworks in the summer of 2012. It is available for $700.