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Double-sided accordion. Letterpress-printed with photopolymer plates. 16 pages. 5.5 x 8 x .5 inches. Extends out to 70 inches. 2014. Edition of 100.
Unbound is a limited edition artists’ book which honors the veterans of Prince Edward County’s 1959 school lock out. All 100 copies of the book were letterpress-printed on handmade paper in a single month, produced collaboratively by community members in Farmville and faculty and students at Longwood University. The book was conceived and designed by artist Jessica Peterson and recounts the closing of the public schools in Prince Edward County, Virginia from 1959 to 1964. Unbound tells this story of these events with timelines, archival evidence and collected narratives from the veterans of the closings. Gold stars flow through each page, one star for each person whose life was permanently altered by the school closings.