What Endures is the 2017 edition in the Artist’s Publication Series from Ringling College of Art and Design. The book was conceived, written, and designed by Jessica Peterson. The content was produced, printed and bound by students in the Collaboratory: Artists’ Publication class at Ringling College.
The narrative considers the history of Sarasota, Florida in the early 1820’s, when it was a haven for enslaved people who had escaped from bondage, as well as Indigenous Americans who escaped from Andrew Jackson’s Trail of Tears.
Letterpress printed with photopolymer plates on Mohawk Superfine. Case binding with twelve fold-outs. A collaboration between Jessica Peterson and Small Craft Advisory Press, this bookwork contains the words and designs of 12 writers and 12 book artists, including Keith Kopka and AB Gorham, Mary Jane Ryals and Denise Bookwalter, Jessie King and Allison Milham, Deborah Hall and Landon Perkins, Ron Salutsky and Abigail Lucien, Jay Snodgrass and Ellen Knudson, Jessica Plante and Jessica Peterson, Michael Trammel and Scott Bell, Kristine Snodgrass and Bridget Elmer, Danilo John Thomas and Michelle Ray, Christine Poreba and Kevin Curry, Jeff Peters and Sonja Rossow.
This is an editioned artists’ book about how racial identity is formed through geography and history. It is an autobiographical story about the connections between a race riot in my hometown, my upbringing and my racial awareness. Cause and Effect is a drum leaf binding in an edition of 55. The content is letterpress printed on handmade paper with photopolymer plates. The imagery in the book consists of printed trompe-l’oeilstyle newspaper and microfilm clippings, which are reproductions of the sources I learned from.
16 pages, 5.75″x 8.25″ (closed), 2009
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University of Central Florida
Texas Tech University
University of Vermont
University of California San Diego
University of California Los Angeles
Ella Strong Denison Library
During the summer of 2007, I spent time in Mississippi working with the Biloxi Public Library on a book and document conservation project. I had never been to the Gulf Coast before. I was shocked by how much of Biloxi had been destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, and how little repair there had been since. The effect of this was even more powerful after I spent a few weeks working with people whose lives and homes had been completely altered by Hurricane Katrina’s destruction.
Habitat is a letterpress printed artist book about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on Biloxi. I used image and personal narrative, as well as historical and scientific facts to evoke the emotional side effects of a natural disaster. Habitat is a thirteen-fold accordion structure, made entirely of handmade paper. Experimental papermaking techniques, such as pulp painting and collage, are used to enhance the content.
Accordion, 13 folds. Letterpress printed on handmade paper with photopolymer type and image. 7″ x 10″, folded. Edition of 25. 2007.
Duke University, Perkins Library, Special Collections
Lafayette College, Special Collections
Mills College, Olin Library
Texas Tech University, Southwest Collections
University of California Santa Barbara, Davidson Library
University of California San Diego, Mandeville Collections
University of Delaware, Special Collections
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Sloane Art Library
University of Washington, Special Collections
Wesleyan University, Olin Library, Special Collections
Ma’Cille’s Museum of Miscellanea
An incomplete catalog of the collection
Drawings by Glenn House, Sr.
Gordo, Alabama: Paper Souvenir Press, 2012.
This book is an attempt to catalog Ma’Cille’s Museum of Miscellanea ten years after it closed, based on the memories of the people who visited the museum and newspaper archives. Ma’Cille House, formal education stopped at 7th grade, began collecting for her museum in the 1950’s after she had raised seven children. She established her museum on a rural back road near Gordo, Alabama. By the time the museum closed 40 years later, it was a world famous, multi-building institution, visited by thousands of people. Before this book, the story of the museum was preserved primarily through the oral narratives circulating in the town of Gordo.
Ma’Cille’s Museum of Miscellanea is available as a deluxe letterpress edition and as a commercially printed edition.
Deluxe edition, $400: Letterpress printed on textblock cotton rag handmade paper from Alabama clay colored t-shirts. Paper covered boards with exposed stab binding. Laid in a printed four-flap paper folder. 5.5 x 8.5 inches; 80 pages with five pull outs.
Laser printed open edition, $25: Laser printed with letterpress printed cover. One printed memento of Ma’Cille’s included (possible mementos: copy of Ma’Cille’s taxidermy ceritification, New York Times article about the museum from 1974, letter from game warden to Ma’Cille or Daddy Norman fishing poster.) 5.5 x 8.25 inches; 80 page