Pacific Northwest Alphabet Book

art, bookbinding, bookmaking, exhibition, Prints, work in progress

A while back I was invited to donate a piece of art for a fundraiser in March. Because the submission deadline is actually in February, I’ve been working hard to finish a new book before the due date–an alphabet book of Pacific Northwest animals.

Thanks to the internet I was able to find an animal for every letter, which proved more difficult than I’d initially thought. Then I sketched each one, carved them onto woodblocks, and printed them onto sekishu paper, a process that took about two weeks altogether.

Photo Jan 28, 6 15 08 PM

My chaotic but excellent workspace.Photo Jan 26, 2 09 16 PM

The Challenge proof press. It was actually nice outside when I started printing this weekend, so I got to open up my garage door and get some sunshine.Photo Jan 26, 2 09 22 PM Look at all them prints.Photo Jan 28, 6 37 04 PM A is for anemone! And weirdly enough so is Z in this series, because the only Z animal I could find was another type of anemone.Photo Jan 28, 7 25 07 PMEven though the most time consuming part of the process is finished, I still have to trim these prints, mount them to the pages of the book, make the covers and sew the book itself. So here’s hoping I can get all that done before my deadline.

 

2 thoughts on “Pacific Northwest Alphabet Book

  1. Beautiful Christy, this is very inspiring. I have several projects “in progress” right now that are nowhere near as resolved as this. It is always good to see other printmakers being more productive than yourself, especially when you are finding it difficult to maintain motivation. This looks like a lovely book. I would like to see how it gets finished/bound into its end state.

    Great blog!

    Christopher

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