Sunday, May 3, 2015

Alaska Journal

I've been on a bookbinding roll lately, trying to refine my hardcover binding technique and find the best possible way to refill old books. My goal is to make attractive, durable bindings that do not obscure the books original endpapers. 

This book is one I've had for several years, I bought it at a thrift store. In fact, it's appeared on this blog before. It's a National Geographic Collection of articles about Alaska. I read the book cover to cover (I am fascinated by cold, remote places) and kept it because I thought the cover design was lovely. 

The best part is that I was able to remove the library card from the discarded portion of the book and place it onto the back endsheet, a nice detail I thought. 

:: Alaska, cover :: 

:: Front inside, with original endsheets, new matching cloth hinge, and a new text block ::

 :: The book's original library card, salvaged and reattached ::

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Other Selections at The Center for Art in Wood


I will be showing new work in Other Selections: Local Artists Respond to The Museum Collection, at The Center for Art in Wood. The show will be up May 1st - July 18th. Tomorrow, Friday May 1st will be the First Friday opening event, from 5-8. This promises to be an incredible show, with diverse work from 19 Philadelphia Artists. I hope to see you there.

Artists: Jaime Alvarez, Todd Baldwin, Timothy Belknap, Marc Blumthal, Mark Brosseau, Lewis Colburn, Patrick Coughlin, Marianne Dages, Christina P. Day, Leslie Friedman, Jason Gandy, James Johnson, Ryan McCartney, Alexis Nutini, Joanna Platt, Terri Saulin Frock, H. John Thompson, and Tamsen Wojtanowski

:: A part of Reading Variations, letterpress print on paper and vellum, 2015, Marianne Dages ::


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Preparing for the Philadelphia Art Book Fair

:: a display portfolio for prints ::

I've been working long days and evenings getting ready for the Philadelphia Art Book Fair. All the little details for display, like pricing, packaging, etc. always take longer than I think they will, but it's starting to come together.

Mark Cohen will be speaking on Friday. He's one of my favorite artists. Seriously, you have to be pretty important to me and my practice to have made this little list below. There's some pretty heavy hitting programming scheduled, I suggest you take a look.


:: sketchbook drawings and list of influences ::

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2015



I had to take it a little easy in the studio this weekend because I came down with a nasty cold. But I did manage to do some prep work for the Philadelphia Art Book Fair, coming up April 24th and 25th. I'm excited to participate in this event, which will host a diverse group of institutions, presses, and individual artists. I highly recommend taking a look through the exhibitor list. Closer to the event date, there will also be events and lectures to check out too. 

My main focus will be recent experimental letterpress edition books and prints, but I will also be bringing a small selection of unique handmade journals for sale as well. 

:: unique handmade books ::

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One day, the sea will overflow into the valley and roll over all...

I was working on an artist's statement today and writing,  "...paper; fleet and quiet carrier of words and questions...an intent to look with an eye that sees both the mystical and the negligible as valid and acknowledges their equivalents and connections."

Fleet sources and thoughts. Belief in world's beyond our own perceptions. Beauty in the ability in people to create their own realities for whatever reason.

I keep thinking about an illustration of a wave I found in an old children's book and its caption 

One day, the sea will overflow into the valley and roll over all...





Saturday, March 14, 2015

What does the white light mean?

:: Reading Variations, in progress, 2015 ::

Still working on this piece titled Reading Variations. It's starting to come together. 

What does a mist or white light mean?
What does a single white light on a boat mean?
What does the white light mean?

:: detail, letterpress on frosted mylar over letterpress print on paper ::

:: detail, in progress ::