Portfolio Box of 15 lithographs with 13 poems handset on a letterpress in an edition of 25.
The Tessa portfolio is a memorial to my granddaughter and can be seen in the following public collections: Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Art Institue of Chicago (Joan Flasch Collection), Brooklyn Museum, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Wichita Art Museum, Smithsonian American Art Museum & Portrait Gallery Library, New York Public Library Print Department, Allen Library Special Collections at the University of Washington, Kohler Art Library at the University of Wisconsin, and the Special Collections Department at the Library of Congress.
Portfolio Box of 15 lithographs with 13 poems handset on a letterpress in an edition of 25. These lithographs were printed by Jim Reed at Milestone Graphics in Bridgeport, CT. The type was set by Elizabeth Butler and printed on a letterpress by Chris Kim at The Windowpane Press in Seattle, WA with generous guidance from Bonnie Thompson Norman.
PARADING WITH MERMAIDS CONEY ISLAND
The Mermaid Parade is an accordion book composed of lithographs showing the horizontal progression of the colorful and outrageous Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Turn the pages—or open it to the full 88”—to view participants, both real and imagined, celebrating the summer solstice as they move rhythmically towards the shore.
WORK IN PROGRESS
THROUGH THE MIST
ANCIENT CHINESE POEMS
Based on ancient Chinese poems translated to English, the lithographs in the Through the Mist Portfolio have a flowing design that reflects the design of Chinese characters. These poems have a strong connection to nature and are still relevant today. There are 9 lithographs and poems. Each lithograph is between a folded sheet with the Chinese version of the poem on one side and the English translation on the other. I found a talented Chinese calligrapher in Beixing who hand painted the poems in different styles of Chinese characters. The lithographs measure 19” x 15”.
EXAMPLE OF THE POEM
IN CHINESE CHARACTERS.
The book is a printed edition of 200, signed and numbered by me. There is a special boxed edition, numbered 1-48, which includes an original signed lithograph (as shown above). The special edition is available for $95 and the book alone for $40.
Wandering the Midway is included in numerous public collections including the Banff Center For Arts in Canada, Boston Public Library, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Kohler Art Library, the Jaffe Center For Book Arts, the Kansas City Art Institute, McNeese State University, and the Philadelphia Free Library.
CITY OF IMMIGRANTS
Sheltered in Place
WORK IN PROGRESS
My most recent book, City of Immigrants, Shelterd in Place, is about immigration and the isolation that often comes from being a stranger in a foreign land. There are 32 lithographic windows printed on four 24”x36” sheets of paper. The windows all vary in architectural styles that can be found on row houses and brownstone buildings all over New York City. In each window an individual looks out. They too are as varied as the windows. These are the immigrants and children of immigrants that have come here carrying with them their differences and hopes for a new life. All these differences combined make our country more interesting and colorful. The isolation has come to everyone during this COVID-19 pandenmic. It has made us realize just how similar we all are. Many of our recent immigrants are considerd essential workers. Everyday they put their lives at risk for the greater good.
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In the Wandering the Midway book I explore the traveling carnivals that stopped each summer in the midwestern town where I grew up. Colorful visitors would arrive offering entertainment. The sideshows, the penny arcade, and the carnival games brought energy and excitement to our otherwise lazy summer. The book features reproductions of my lithographs printed by Craig Cornwall at Trilobite Workshop in Olympia, WA. Markus Hartel printed and bound the book at Raghaus Letterpress Studio in Newburgh, NY.
DELUXE EDITION $650