Left over Mohawk Superfine 100# cover, French Pop-Tone Wild Cherry 70# text, fabric converted into bookcloth (don’t ask me why I bought this one); Lifestyle Craft inks; Heavily used and abused Eurostyle lead type and plastic signage type from Nordstrom via Stern and Faye; illustrations created using various forms of in-house art: antique and vintage cuts, photopolymer plates from previous work, rubber stamps, reused linoleum cut, mounted objects; printed on Vandercook 4.
Elsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in a well equipped studio outside Bellingham on 20 acres of what was once part of the Buckholtz Homestead. Born in Fallon, Nevada, in 1952, she spent her formative years in Iowa City, Iowa, before settling down in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced over 95 editions and 120 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library. Western Washington University has been her professional home since 1977 where she holds the rank of full professor and teaches courses in design production and (occasionally) book arts.