Hundreds of sheet of handmade paper were sewn together to form this sculptural book. Exhibiting characteristics of both human flesh and rock formations found in landscape, it blurs the lines between external/internal and macro/micro. The bookform is supplemented by a triptych of drawings on pulp paintings shown on the wall.
Pictured in the SAIC Spring 2016 Undergraduate Exhibition. Completed 2016.
In this work, I set out to archive my brother's bone collection. However, the "books" also act as descriptions of his process in searching for & collecting bones as well as preparing them.
The slide collection's illumination alludes to the final step of bleaching the bones with sunlight. The cupertino book's cut-outs obviously hint at the removal of these objects. But they also imply the importance of finding things insitu, or in their original place, including what other things are found around them and their location within the depth of the landscape. Finally, the organic shaped book becomes a slice of earth while its contents archive the surface texture of the bones. All of these objects sit comfortably in their place among a landscape-like base.
Created in an edition of 1.
Salt & Pepper
This book presents a collection of salt & pepper shakers that belonged to my great-grandmother. The left narrative is a collection of fragmented memories from her grandchildren. The right narrative is a poem describing my experience of discovering the box of shakers in the attic with my mother.
Printed in an edition of 12.
Hatch Show Print
I had the opportunity of interning at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. During my time there, I designed & printed this series of posters using hand-set type & carvings from Hatch's extensive archive.
Edition size varies (100-300). Letterpress Printed at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, TN. Summer 2015.
This hard-case bound book contains images of documents, photographs, and other findings all of which originate from a single box within my grandparents' closet. Most of these items had been passed down to my grandmother.
Each page is perforated, giving the viewer an option to remove it.
The section titles, page numbers, and notes section are letterpress printed using vintage type and ornaments in the SAIC type shop. The paper used is Rives Lightweight. Made in an edition of 1.
(non)encounters explores the idea & implications of the quilted multiverse. In a multiverse where space is limitless, our universe (and world) repeats itself infinitely and in infinite variations. This book explores the effects of this theory in terms of a chance encounter, or rather the endless possibilities of not making such an encounter.
The circular accordion structure mimics a standard timeline of the creation and expansion of the universe, while also suggesting the boundaries of our visible universe (the way that light travels). The textural collograph prints further the cosmic association.
Printed in an edition of 6 at Starshaped Press. Spring 2015. Available for viewing in the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.
This commemorative print is inspired by the rich and complicated history of the Congress Theater in Chicago, IL. The composition and color are derived from the facade of the structure. All typefaces used predate the opening of the theater in 1926.
It is printed entirely with vintage type & ornaments at Starshaped Press. Printed in an edition of 158.
Lecture Series Poster
Poster design for a Type Design Lecture Series at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
24 x 36 inches Photograph courtesy of John Batliner.
This book describes beloved Pluto's demotion from Planet to Dwarf Planet. Told from Pluto's perspective, the child-like narrative humanizes Pluto, intended to make it into a sympathetic character rather than a distant rock.
On Exactitude in Science
The magical realist story Museum: On Exactitude in Science by Jorge Borges is explored through metaphor in this book.
As the prevalence of an alternate world intensifies, words literally shift off of the page into a virtual reality. However, once this extreme realm is rejected, the words return to the page, but without certainty.
This serves as a comparison of the creation of maps in the story to traditional printing techniques being replaced by technological advancements.
Printed in an edition of 3 in the SAIC Type Shop. Available for viewing in the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.
This book humorously describes the sexstrology of the 12 zodiac signs including compatibility, attraction, hot spot, sex, and best position.
Printed in an edition of 5 in the SAIC Type Shop. Available for viewing in the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.
How to Experience the Feeling of Regret is a sarcastic 7-step instruction manual. It uses typographic obliteration to emphasize the feeling of inebriation in the narrative while contradicting the exactitude of the numerical instructions.
Printed in the SAIC type shop. Set in Clarendon, Playbill, and Huxley Vertical. Printed in an edition of 5.