Julie Chen. World without End. Berkeley: Flying Fish Press, 1999.
Julie Chen has been publishing limited edition artists' books under
the Flying Fish Press imprint since 1988. She uses letterpress printing,
for its beauty and flexibility, using photo polymer plates designed
on a Macintosh computer. Her books have a strong sculptural component,
using three-dimensional space to create their own environment and atmosphere.
Chen has described her goal as designing books that engage the viewer
in a comprehensive experience of discovery that goes beyond reading.
The viewer must become involved not only with the text, but also with
the physical presence of the book itself.
Howard Hornstein. Wind in the Sails. Bisbee, AZ: Pequeño Press, 1999.
This long accordion folded book of sea chanties is enclosed in a carved
wooded sea chest. Pat Baldwin established the Press in 1984.
Gift of Marnie Flook.
Margaret Kaufman. Deep in the Territory. Newark, VT: Janus Press, 1999.
Binding structure and design by Claire Van Vliet executed by Audrey
Holden. Deep in the Territory contains ten poems by Margaret
Kaufman inspired by Plainswomen and their quilts. The paper collages
were cut out and intertwined in a quilt-like format.
Robert Louis Stevenson, 1850-1894. Prayers Written at Vailima; Catherine Kanner, artist; John Sheller,
editor. Pacific Palisades,CA: Melville Press, 1999.
Catherine Kanner has designed the book with a Polynesian feel, and
has created twenty-one original linoleum block illustrations for the
project. The text was the last of Stevenson's work, written in Samoa
shortly before he died unexpectedly. These were the daily prayers written
for his family and for the Samoan people who shared the Stevenson home.
Ann E. Kalmbach. Madam Anna's Palm Faxts by Ann Kalmbach and Tatana Kellner.
Rosendale, NY: Women's Studio Workshop, 1999.
The artist invited a number of people to draw the main lines on their
hands and fax her the drawings for a reading. Since the hands are printed
on translucent paper, the shadow hands that show through from other
pages give a sense of motion to the images.
John Muir. Song of Creation. Santa Cruz, CA: Peter and Donna Thomas, 1999.
The Thomases are one of the few private presses where the proprietors
write the text, create the art for the illustrations, make the paper,
handset the type, print on a letterpress, and bind the book. This book
was inspired by the writings of the naturalist John Muir.