Casey Gardner – Specimen Book – SOLD OUT

© 2011
edition of 3
6.75 x 5

EDITION IS SOLD OUT

Description

This book was an experiment in mixing printing techniques. I drew & printed the lithos first, then wrote, designed and printed the infographics and poems in response.

This book was an experiment in mixing printing techniques. I drew & printed the lithos first, then wrote, designed and printed the infographics and poems in response.

I made this book in my final semester at CCA while taking Printmaking I with Greg Piatt as my instructor. The assignment was self generated in order to learn some specific things about printmaking and books.

I began with the following objectives.

Experiment with various lithographic techniques and materials: touche, crayon, pencil, transfer and ink.

Use my own imagery.

Imposition printing for 4 recto images on the stone to accommodate a folio.

Plan for letterpress printing on the verso.
Explore how the various printing techniques affect my choice of content.

Taking the experimental aspect of the project seriously, I printed many, many images and learned a lot about lithography. With my chosen images for the recto, I then designed a letterpress “response” for the verso.

In choosing the two processes¬† I was consciously exploring the softer, more textural qualities lithography for the expressive, “artistic” aspect of the book; and letterpress, with its crisp incisiveness for the designed, more “cerebral” interpretation.
Artist Statement

The desire to learn motivates my work. Usually I am first motivated by content I am curious about, then by a desire to learn a process or about a material. In this case, I was motivated primarily by learning about process, not only in printing and technique, but also in the dialog of art/design response I set up with the recto/verso.

Stone Lithography and Letterpress printed. Binding: handbound concertina

Casey Gardner has a BFA in printmaking and graphic design from California College of the Arts. At CCA, she studied book art with Betsy Davids, Nance Obanion and Julie Chen. She grew up in Aspen, Colorado where she focussed on ski racing and learning through books. She lives in the Bay Area doing free lance graphic design and runs Set In Motion Press on her Vandercook 4.

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