On Thursday, June 12, 2003, at 05:44 PM, Patrice Baldwin wrote:
> I hope you all will come forward and say 'hello' and tell us what
> you've been working on lately. Let us know who you are and where you
> are too.
Thanks for the invitation.
I'm owner and sole employee of Dreaming Mind, a hand bindery in Castro
Valley, CA. In the spaces between paid work I have several projects
that might interest the group.
First, largest and with the most pressing deadline is Japan, an edition
of 40. This is a collection of thirty-six hand printed archivaly toned
silver gelatin prints by Geir Jordahl (http://www.jordahlphoto.com).
This bilingual edition will be printed letterpress and the pictures
will be tipped into de-bossed panels in the pages. Some of the books
will be boxed and will include a loose print for framing.
The artist is in Paris for five months so coordination of the job has
been a little difficult. I'm starting to sweat the October deadline
when his Japan contacts come to town! Good new is, I've managed to get
some kanji files that I can use so when the translations are actually
done I'll be able to make the plates and print! Bad news is, it looks
like I'll be doing the de-bossed panels by hand because none of my
standing press tests have given me the depth I need while avoiding a
little crinkle outside the corner of the panel.
I have two individual bindings I'm working on. Both had a little
copy-stand work that I finished this week. One is a binding from sheets
of Henry Darger: In The Realms of the Unreal by John MacGregor. The
other is a re-binding of Arabat by Clive Barker. These are both to be
bound in leather with photos set into the covers.
A bit further off in completion (and with no fixed deadline) is an
edition of Mary Shelly's Frankenstien boxed with a binding of some
philosophy writing that I think complements it. Text collection is
still underway. Also, I've just started preliminary discussion with an
illustrator about an edition of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
Four other editions with original content are also at various stages.
One is a conversation between two friends that spans a 3 month period.
One is a meditation on the SETI project, the nature of intelligence and
communication. One is a edition on the theme "New Year's resolutions"
done for BABA (http://www.bayareabookartists.org) to share at our
January 2004 meeting. The last is a poem and illustrations entitled
"Star. System." It's a short riff on friendship and loneliness, classic
happy artist stuff! Ha ha!
Plenty to do! Guess I better get out to the studio. I even get to ship
some paying jobs today.