Seattle: Marquand Editions, 2017. Number 23 of 50 copies signed by Reiko, Marquand, and Birnbaum. There were also five lettered hors de commerce. This splendid production honors the achievements of Reiko Sudo, considered one of the great textile designers of our time, the renowned "weaver of new ideas." She is co-founder, current CEO and design director of Nuno Corporation of Tokyo, universally recognized as one of the world’s most innovative textile companies. Nuno takes the techniques, materials and aesthetics of traditional textiles and reinterprets them with cutting-edge technologies. Sudo and her design team, together with the company’s skilled weavers and dyers, have greatly broadened the parameters of contemporary design in the industry, experimenting with an eclectic array of materials, ranging from silk, cotton and polyester to hand-made paper and aluminum, and finishing methods that include salt-shrinking, rust-dyeing and caustic burning. The results are distinctive, intriguing and indisputably remarkable. Her works are represented in the permanent collections of many institutions, including the Museum of Modern Art; the Victoria & Albert Museum; and the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art Craft Gallery [Nuno website]. Sudo and Ed Marquand of Marquand Editions worked together to design and produce an artists' book that offers an in-depth exploration of Sudo's textiles, techniques, materials and more. Over 140 distinct textiles are represented in four bento box-style book-objects: they include three scarves, a notebook of cloth samples and collages assembled by Sudo. The first box has two booklets, one with Sudo's autobiography and the other a detailed guide to the boxes including the colophon, and he three beautiful scarves, and the colophon. Box two has the textile collages that demonstrate techniques and materials. Box three is the Nuno Compendium - a notebook of cloth samples. Box four contains tools and raw materials she uses in her practice. Each of the boxes is covered by lovely examples of Nuno textiles. The top box also has a fabric lid. Boxes measure 1.25 x 10.25 x 10.5 inches. In fine condition. ARTB/041919. Fine.
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Riverside, CA: Bo Press Miniature Books, 2017. Pat Sweet describes herself as creating illuminated miniature books of curiosity, humor, and delight. She creates both miniature (under 3 inches) and macro-miniature (under 1 inch) books. She also makes miniature pocket globes, astronomical instruments, orreries, tellurions, and occasional oddities. This book is from a small open edition, signed by the book artist. According to Pat Sweet: "Illustrations of humans wearing the skulls of extinct animals as masks, dinosaurs mostly, but later animals and hominids, as well. Costumes for a cross-species Dance of Death that extends backwards through time. As we are now, so once were they; as they are now, we soon will be. (The concept for this one is a little difficult to explain. The images certainly looks deeply meaningful, but mostly I just wanted to put big dinosaur skulls on people's heads. Who doesn't?)." Bound in black Japanese paper printed with red dragonflies, with paper title labels pasted on the front and spine. Decorative endpapers. Includes 24 illustrations. Size: 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 inches. 74 pages. ARTB/012418.
Oakland, CA: Lunation Press, 1992. Hardcover. Number 2 of 45 copies, signed and initialed by the book artist. The late Marylee Bytheriver was a skilled book artist and print maker. Her focus on book arts came later in life. After a twenty-year break between her sophomore and junior years in college, Marylee return to school to complete her B.A. in Book Arts at Mills College, Oakland, California. She graduated with honors in 1991. She established Lunation Press in Oakland where she created books that were a tribute to her creativity and dedication to the environment. Her books can be seen in public collections nationwide including the National Gallery of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. This personal work about the effects of color on one's life is excerpted from "The Tyranny of Color," first printed in July 1986 in the monthly "Mendocino Country" journal. After a childhood and early adulthood with wardrobes limited to blue and brown, Marylee writes that she realized that she enjoyed wearing and decorating in bright colors and began to do so. She further realized that "when we surround ourselves with dull dark, neutral colors, we live dull, dark, and neutral lives." This transformation is visually shown by "swatches" of color on the pages to accompany the text. Printed on white Johannot French paper that is collaged with color Moriki papers from Japan (the swatches). The text was composed in Kabel Medium on a Macintosh computer and then transformed into polymer plates. The plates and various rules and ornaments were printed on a Vandercook Proof Press. Bound in red paper covered boards with a blue linen spine. In fine condition. 9 x 9 inches. Unpaginated (about 17 pages). ARTISTSB/071218. Fine.