Sunday, July 10, 2016

Caren's Letterpress Studio.


My friend Caren has a letterpress studio she kindly braved winter temperatures for,  just so I could make use of the large guillotine to cut up large sheets of the screen prints I did last semester at Megalo and finally turn into concertina books (thank you Megalo and ACT gov arts!).  


I've been wanting to see this studio for such a long time. Caren teaches book arts and letterpress at the ANU school of arts and is currently undertaking a Phd in Material Poetics and the Creative Book. I got that bit of info off her website Ampersand Duck but suffice it to say Caren and her type (pun intended - and I include myself here) have spent their lives judging books by their covers. The art of books. Book as art. Book arts. Artists' books. If this concept raises your heart beat even just a little check out this small selection gallery of Caren's work and swoon.

Out of everything in Caren's studio it was this 19th century press that beguiled me most.  How could it not? Even the 'feet' were lion's paws. It's a work of art itself.




Finally, the guillotined screen prints cut to size ready to be folded into concertina books.


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