In 2011 I was fortunate to have been chosen as one of six Jerome Foundation mentees at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts. For a year we were immersed in the book arts, learning about bindings, case making, letterpress printing, paper making and much more. I came away loving the ability to make cases and books as needed. Then, I was lucky enough to go and study with a friend and mentor, Enrico Giannini in Florence, Italy, a fifth generation bookbinder. In the ten years since, I’ve continued to make books and cases but now’s the time to start offering them on my website.
I’m going to be offering a small line of notebooks, journals and cases. These will all be ready-mades, so no personalisation or customisation will be possible and the sizes are whatever’s available at the time. I’m still going to be making custom, handmade cases (and soon, books) to order, and more information on those can be found here.
There’s already a selection of both notebooks and clamshell cases in the shop and more will be added soon. Papers include Fabriano, Mohawk Superfine, and both ruled and plain options, while the covers include leather, book cloth and Italian hand-marbled paper. All the materials used are of the finest quality and made by me, one at a time, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
More details on all the notebooks and cases can be found on my website here. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to email me!
Here are a few photos of a 150 page book I’ve just finished printing and binding for a friend. It’s 12.5 x 9.0 x 1.5″ in size, consists of nine hand-sewn signatures and is finished in red Italian book cloth with marbled endpapers by my friend Enrico Giannini, a fifth generation Florentine bookbinder. The book layout and design was done in InDesign and the paginated pages printed on Hahnemühle Book and Album paper.
The recently published Black Forest from Candela Books has to be one of my favourite books of last year. Edited by Russell Joslin, the editor and publisher of SHOTS Magazine, it’s a collection of work of over 50 photographers, that includes Roger Ballen, Keith Carter, Louviere+Vanessa and Osama Esid.
I love this book and if you’re in the Twin Cities this Thursday there’s a book launch and signing at Caitlin Karolczak’s studio – #205, Solar Arts Building, 711, 15th Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413. If you need any encouragement to brave the cold and get out there, it also happens to be above the Indeed Brewing Company…
Rooted in the concepts of the founding Surrealists, these contemplatively sequenced and darkly atmospheric images become a metaphor for the unconscious and the mysterious corners of the psyche. Suggesting loose, intuitive relationships between the works of contemporary artists, Joslin creates four visual narratives associated in tone, emotion and formal structure, but allows room for his readers and viewers to render for themselves the hidden, connective layers of meaning. Complimenting this arcane collection is the strange and beautiful design of Jeff Louviere.
Photographer Russell Joslin has been the Editor & Publisher of SHOTS Magazine the past 14 years. SHOTS is an independent, reader-supported quarterly journal of fine art photography that reaches an international audience. “Black Forest” demonstrates his distinct editing style, with a special emphasis on sequence and narrative tone.
Thursday January, 8th, 2015. 6pm — 9pm. #205, Solar Arts Building, 711, 15th Ave NE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55413.
That’s my name in Chinese. At least I think it is. I hope it is… Anyway, I’m honoured to have been asked by Christina Anderson to contribute to this new Chinese publication titled HANDCRAFTED: The Art and Practice of the Handmade Print.
Edited by Sam Wang, Sandy King, Christina Z Anderson and Zhong Jianming, the book is published by Zhejiang Photographic Press Ltd.
Six Cy DeCosse platinum prints of night blooming flowers presented individually with their respective texts in a handmade ash and cherry wood box. Integrated into the box cover and tray is an essay by Carol Wood, a John Keats poem, and colophon, all letterpress printed on hand-painted papers. This modular set can be displayed separately or as a group. Limited to 33 boxed sets.
Overall: 18 x 14 1/2 x 3 inches Each signed platinum print: 14 1/2 x 11 inches Edition of 33
Please contact Pam or Steve at 508-398-3000 or 21st@21stEditions.com to reserve one of the remaining sets from the edition of 33.