Dorothy Krause- PreScribe – LAST COPY


© 2014
edition of 10
dimensions in inches: 11.5 x 17.25 in box 12 x 18



About this piece:

In this portfolio, images are printed on pages from a prescription ledger kept by a pharmacy in the late 1800’s and housed in a black paper over boards box lined with red handmade paper with a ledger page adhered to the box cover.

The imagery is taken from work that was produced during an Artist-in-Residency at Harvard’s Countway Library, one of the world’s leading collections of medical history. Photographs of their anatomical specimens, medical artifacts, rare books and manuscripts are incorporated.

The processes include prints onto the ledger pages using Pronto, Toray and Solar intaglio and planographic plates and Gocco screens. The title page, introduction and colophon are letterpress printed on Rives BFK tan. The font used for the title is “Ambulance Shotgun” by Guillaume Seguin.

The book was completed at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in their letterpress studio.


vintage prescription ledger pages, paper, ink, cloth, box

About the artist:

Dorothy Simpson Krause is Professor Emeritus at Massachusetts College of Art, a painter, collage and book artist. She has been a Visiting Artist or Artist in Residence at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, American Academy in Rome, University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Jaffe Center for Book Arts at Florida Atlantic University and currently on Oceania Cruise Lines.

Krause authored “Book + Art: Handcrafting Artists’ Books”, and co-authored “Digital Art Studio: Techniques for combining inkjet printing with traditional art materials”. Her work is in more than two dozen public collections.

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Dorothy Krause- PreScribe – LAST COPY

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