Philadelphia: Luminice Press, 2023. One of 14 copies signed by the book artists. This charming and informative book, Spider and the Stars, is a Luminice Press artist book by Thomas Parker Williams and Mary Agnes Williams. It combines an original illustrated story for young readers with factual information about spiders and the curious way they travel long distances. Called ballooning, this form of spider travel appears to be flying, but in fact spiders take advantage of the Earth's electric field to become airborne. This particular spider became so airborne that she soared past the earth and planets to weave her webs among the stars! Book artist and printer Thomas Parker Williams began creating artists' books in 1998 while also painting. As of 2009 he has limited his art practice exclusively to artists' books. In that year he also began collaborating with his wife, photographer Mary Agnes Williams. In 2013 they started Luminice Press, incorporating letterpress printing into artists' books and broadsides. The artists' books draw on a range of conceptual sources in creating their books, including mathematics, music, literature, theology, philosophy, astronomy, natural sciences, and Eastern thought. Books by Williams or the Luminice Press may be found in over 75 public collections around the country. For this delightful collaboration, both artists developed the concept and design and did the printing. Thomas did the illustrations, the moveable pop-up and the binding. Mary Agnes wrote the original story and handset the text. The round black cover has a smaller cut out circle. It is laser cut wood with oil-based pochoir printed paper. The outer circle depicts the starry skies, while the spider and her web are visible in the smaller circle. When the cover is opened the spider and her web are fully visible. On the first page is a large brown, cream, and orange spider with moveable head and legs that pop open. There are 16 pages that tells the spider's story with colorful images of her and her adventurous travel to outer space. They are done in oil-based pochoir over linocut flood coats, with hand painted accents. The text is hand set in Janson and Janson Italic on Arches book paper and letterpress printed. Housed in an acrylic case with a brown title inset. In fine condition. The book measures 7.5 x 8 inches closed. The pop-up spider opens to 19 x 24 inches. ARTB/050523. Fine.
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Rutland, VT: Shattuck Studios. Number 1 of 5 copies signed by the book artist. This is an inventive work from well-known artist Carolyn Shattuck that displays her skill in using various book structures to convey meaning and context in the books she creates . In addition to artists' books, she is a painter and creator of paper art. Carolyn exhibits her work nationally in numerous juried exhibitions and has received many awards. Her books have been collected by a number of special collections libraries at universities throughout the country. She teaches Book Art workshops in New England and Florida. She writes: Save the Elephants was designed to bring awareness of their struggle as the population is rapidly declining due mainly to poachers. Her text describes the loss of these magnificent animals and the desperate efforts of those trying to save them. Her design uses an accordion structure from which origami elephants are standing when the book is extended open. They are made with patterned Origami Lokta paper that evoke African fabric designs. The book also uses Canson Mi Teinte, Lama Li, Elephant Hide and Washi papers. The binding is a plain grey. The work is housed in a brown paper slipcase with title label to cover, a gilt paper spine, and a belly band of the same gilt paper. In fine condition. 5.25 x 13.5 x 1.25 inches closed. ARTISTSBOOK/010422. Fine.
Peshastin, Washington: Wiesedruck, 2016. Hardcover. Number 37 of 40 copies. Signed and numbered by the artist. This book includes a collection of plants native to Chelan County in central Washington State, documented by Horowitz during daily walks in the region. The artist sought guidance in choosing flowers iconic to this region from local botanists and naturalists of the Washington Native Plant Society. A sample of flowers chosen include: Mule's ears, Glacier lily, Oregon anemone, Cat's ear lily, and Henderson's shooting star. McNutty's essay: "Gestures of Stone and Water: A Natural History of the Wenatchee Watershed" was composed for the Wenatchee River Watershed Art project in 2002, and is reprinted here with permission. Following is an excerpt from McNutty's essay: "The craggy, windswept summit of Mount Stuart in Washington’s central Cascades feels like the top of the world. Granite walls plunge into glaciers and snowfields, and surrounding peaks fall away in a dizzying whirl. When the wind eases, the rush of meltwater streams thunders softly in canyons far below. For the Wenatchee watershed—nearly a million acres of converging ridges and flashing river canyons—9,415-foot Mount Stuart is the top of the world. From there, nearly fifty miles north to Chiwawa Mountain and half that distance southeast to Mission Ridge, a spectacular jumble of snowy peaks and ridges spills east in a grand gesture from Cascade crest to sagebrush steppe.” Green leather spine titled in gilt with green pastepaper covered boards featuring a gilt wildflower to cover. Includes 23 plates drawn, etched, printed, and hand-colored by the artist. The text was letterpress printed by Art Larson onto hand-made paper by Katie MacGregor. Bound by Claudia Cohen. Housed in a tan cloth covered box with dark green leather title label to spine panel and green pasted-paper covered edges. Unpaginated. Box size: about 9 x 12 inches. Sarah Horowitz has been awarded multiple grants and has held residencies at several arts centers including ArtBellwald in Switzerland. She taught printmaking at Portland State University for over ten years and was a member of Atelier Mars printmaking workshop during her time in Portland. Her press is named for the Wiese stream that runs through her grandparents backyard near Basel, Switzerland. Much of her work is printed on a Charles Brand Press once owned by Leonard Baskin. Her work is held in private and institutional collections across the U.S. PRI/122722. Fine.