Tiny brooms chase a colorful dragonfly across a summer lawn. This story (which can be read in the pictures above) is based on one of my oldest memories. It was a very small event but for me it marked passage and a loss of innocence.
This is a small book that unfolds into two panels plus the diorama. The dragonfly is attached to a flexible “stem” so that it quivers and sways when the book is moved.
The printing of this book is a blend of etching, letterpress, and watercolor painting. Bound in brown book cloth. Every piece of this book was carefully printed, painted, cut, and assembled by hand.
Paper, Ink, book cloth, acetate, ribbon, glue, watercolor, letterpress, etchingBryan Kring began as a writer but found that he didn’t have any stories to tell. Instead he saw pictures, so he took up painting. He went to art school and filled his home with canvases. When he ran out of space he turned to printmaking. Now in his forties, he is having fun with book arts and connecting the circle back to the writing.Bryan Kring is a graphic designer, letterpress printer and book artist in Oakland, California.
Bryan: When I was in my early twenties I wanted to be a writer. I wanted to be Ernest Hemingway with a bottle of rum in a grass hut on a beach in Cuba. I liked writing but I didn’t have any stories to tell. Instead I saw pictures so I took up painting. I went to art school and filled my home with canvases. When I ran out of space I turned to printmaking. I was seduced by the beauty of ink and paper and explored first etching and then later letterpress printing. Now, in my forties, as I play in the book arts I am having fun connecting the circle back to the writing.