Hannah and I will be back to our posts on each others’ blogs next week, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a recent project with you. A. Minetta Gould asked me to create a book for her chapbook Elephant: Poems for a benefit auction (elephant themed) in Boise. For a trunk-like feel we decided on an accordion. The backs use patterned paper with hand painted detailing. I liked the exposed chipboard for the covers, and made use of my new best friend Absorbent Ground along with watercolors for the cover design.
*Please don’t mind the busy surroundings. I am a lazy (and not very good) photographer.
The lovely Hannah King on the press!
I’m very excited to announce that Hannah King will be contributing weekly to this blog, sharing great finds — visual, artistic, design, anything that might catch her eye — for all of us to drool over and admire. Hannah is currently a grad student in the book & paper program at Columbia College in Chicago, and hosts her own blog Made by Good, where I will be a regular poster in turn. To introduce Hannah, and as the first of my “In Conversation” interview posts, Hannah and I corresponded over the internets to bring you a little slice of her life. Hannah is an amazing artist, especially if you can see her in her element in the studio. Please say hello to Hannah, and look for her first post tomorrow!
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and if I have my own press someday, my books will have it.
Someone posted a link to this interview with Anne Carson. It’s a few years old but it parts of it refer to what I assume is Nox.
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I’m only about 30 pages in to Wendy Richmond’s book Art Without Compromise*, but just as a friend promised, I’ve found something on every page which I find myself nodding to, wanting to underline, or even tack on my wall. On page three in the chapter “Cultivating Creativity” Richmond writes:
Here’s how I define a successful day in the studio. I arrive with some vague concept of what I want to create. I begin to work and find that the materials have a different plan for me, and I take my cues from them. each step evolves from the previous one, and I am surprised as I work. By the time I leave, I have made something very different from what I had expected.
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