Ellen Knudson – Wild Girls Redux: An Operator’s Manual


© 2009
edition of 100
dimensions in inches: 9 x 5.5


About this piece:

Wild Girls Redux: An Operator’s Manual is the revisit of a book created almost 12 years ago. The original book, How to Become One of the Original Wild Girls, was designed and printed in 1997. That book is a playful list of imaginary “rules” that “should” be followed to achieve Wild Girl status. The rules are light-hearted, but they have the sting of recognition that most women realize to be sexist in nature. Wild Girls Redux reexamines these issues, using motorcycle road and driving rules as text along with images of pin-up girls and industrial schematic illustrations. The tactile materials of the book include pink heart paper doilies, white doily placemats, flocked paper covers, and green office ledger papers. The intent of the “Operator’s Manual” is tongue-in-cheek and provides the ordinary, mechanical, and absurd rules of how to operate women.


paper, thread, ink, flocked paper, stickers

About the artist:

Ellen Knudson is a book artist producing handmade books under the imprint Crooked Letter Press. She is an Associate in Book Arts at The University of Florida with an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama. Ellen has been a book artist for 17 years and a graphic designer for 20+ years. She has taught courses and workshops in letterpress, book arts, and design at universities and arts programs around the U.S. Her work is in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), Yale University (CT), Duke University (NC), and many other national and international collections.

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Ellen Knudson – Wild Girls Redux: An Operator’s Manual

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