blotters, Book Arts Program, Bulmer, Cave Paper, clamshell, College Book Arts Association Conference and Annual Meeting, cotton, Dante, drum leaf binding, Emilie Bach, flax, handmade paper, hemp, Iowa, J. Willard Marriott Library, Kitakata, Kozo Kiga, linoleum, Oxford, photopolymer plates, Salt Lake City, Sara Langworthy, sewing manual, sumi ink, tatting manuals, The University of Utah, UICB Papercase Natural, University of Iowa Center for the Book, Utah, Vandercook #4
Printed from photopolymer plates and linoleum on blotters using a Vandercook press. Drum leaf binding. Edition of twenty copies. Rare Books copy is no. 14, signed by the author/bookmaker.
From Sara Langworthy’s website: “[This] began as an investigation of two opposing definitions of the word ‘CLEAVE’…The book combines images and text printed from photopolymer plates with hand-brushed sumi ink painting…The text…was constructed from a series of random/chance exercises using [the words from the definitions]. The first signature sets the scene of the word ‘cleave’ fighting itself; a passionate joining with a violent separation. The second signature examines the results of the repeated joining and separating. The first signature is printed primarily in pale greys and greens; the second signature is equally monochromatic, but uses a pink/orange/yellow palette…The papers used are Kitakata, Kozo Kiga, University of Iowa Center for the Book handmade text sheets in a variety of fibers including hemp, flax and cotton, and overbeaten flax/cotton combination, and offcut left over from paper specially commissioned from Cave Paper…The book is sewn into a modified limp paper binding, cover paper is UICB Papercase Natural. The book is housed in a clamshell.”
From the colophon: “Text is digitally set in Dante and Bulmer, and printed…on Vandercook number 4.” The images originat[ed] from scanned leaves and tracing of plants. The text is assembled from two sources: the definition of the word ‘CLEAVE’ and instructional language found in tatting manuals. The title of this book is borrowed from a sewing manual of the same name by Emilie Bach.
Edition of twenty-four copies. Rare Books copy is no. 5, signed by the author/bookmaker.
This book was exhibited as part of the fifth annual College Book Arts Association Conference and Annual Meeting, January 2-4, 2014, Salt Lake City, Utah, hosted by the Book Arts Program, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.