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New work by Colorado book artists at Abecedarian

Summer is a time for me to step back, re-assess Abecedarian’s successes and failures and develop new programming and relationships. One of the pleasures of this process is the addition of several artists to gallery inventory. This post introduces four artists who have Colorado ties.

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Mackenzie Browning, having recently earned his MFA from the University of Saskatchewan, moved to Denver earlier this year. Pictured above is Posy Patch, one of four works currently available at the gallery. Click here to read more about Mackenzie’s available works. He’s been in a printing frenzy at Denver’s Art Gym, where he is featured in a two person exhibit Creases and Covers  August 6 – 20, 2016. Here are some photos of the exhibition:

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Nicole Cotten lived in the Denver area prior to getting a BFA in painting with a minor in creative writing from University of Colorado, Boulder. She is currently pursuing an MFA in book arts from the University of Iowa and is in the very early stages of what will likely be a successful focus on book arts. Click here to learn more about her book Man Knitting: How to Make Flowers (pictured below).

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Scott McKinney is also just starting on his journey as a studio artist, having recently received his BFA in studio arts from Metropolitan State University in Denver. His work, Transit, has a deliciously tactile cover with a hand embroidered title. Click here to learn more about Transit (pictured below).

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I’ve had  Kim Morski’s work since it was featured in The Printed Page II exhibit earlier this year. She moved to Denver several months ago and has already made quite a splash with her collaborative project Fresh Bread in March,and as guest artist in residence at the Art Gym. She has also jumped on board (as a new board member) at The Englewood Depot letterpress museum. Her book This Land is Your Land/This Land is My Land  received a purchase award and is now out of print. Click here to learn more about Kim’s work in inventory. Part 2: Clouds is pictured below.

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Welcome to the gallery!

Ann Frellsen – bookish jewelry

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miniature wearable books

An open view of one of Ann’s pins

Abecedarian now offers book jewelry by PlayHouse Press to the online store. We have pins and earrings that are fully functioning miniature books handcrafted by Ann Frellsen.


Ann Frellsen is a book conservator at Emory University Libraries with a studio arts degree in sculpture. From her home in Atlanta, Georgia, Ann combines these talents and interests in the creation of book arts jewelry.

Each piece is a fully functioning miniature book, hand stitched and cased in to the cover. Ann uses high quality findings, papers, and cloth. She uses both vintage and contemporary marbled and paste papers. These charming accessories, created under her PlayHouse Press imprint, are visually fun and well-crafted.

Although there are others creating similarly wonderful book arts jewelry, Abecedarian carries Ann’s work because of the consistently high quality of both materials and production and the affordable price range. Abecedarian Gallery is the only online market carrying these pieces.

Check out what we have in stock here

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Pati Scobey – subscription print series

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In 2004 Pati Scobey began an on-going project titled “A Chronicle of Images”. Using a letterpress, she has been making a series of prints which combine linoleum cuts, collagraphs and sometimes typographical elements. Rich and varied in color and design, the prints involve multiple runs through the press. Produced in a rural section of Michigan, where Pati has lived for many years, they are inspired by her ongoing observations, connections and readings, stemming from an active commitment to ideas and impressions that are energizing yet quietly felt.

In Pati’s words:

I can feel the first part of my life rub against the last part. Both, however, meld in my work as a visual artist. Being raised in an Air Force family, my early environment continually shifted and allowed me glimpses of other cultures and landscapes. In contrast, for the past 17 years I have been tied to one piece of land in Michigan and have developed a deep connection to place. Approaching my work in printmaking and bookmaking with an attitude of exploration and experimentation, I balance discovery with planning and I work through ideas in a spirit as akin to drawing as to printing. My printing process is comprised of combining plates depicting narratives and patterns in nature with stencils which are a vocabulary of shapes and characters. Through the manipulation of these elements, I produce layers and levels of form and color on the page or in the book which evoke a sense of movement, geography, and journeys. I view the work as an attempt to answer questions I ask myself.

The prints are distributed to Pati’s subscribers (those who sign up in advance to receive the years’ prints when they are published for a reduced price).

The idea of subscription prints is not unique to Pati, but most of the subscriptions series I’m aware of involve letterpress printing. Shereen LaPlantz conducted an ambitious series of subscription how to books in the late 1990’s. Long out of print, some of those titles are still available here.

Pati’s subscription prints are printed in edition sizes ranging from 125 − 150 depending on the number of subscribers and are published twice annually. Abecedarian is pleased to offer single prints from the series for those who have missed a print from the series, or want specific prints without subscribing. Click here to see current inventory.