In a creative funk with ideas going nowhere and my Vandercook calling to me but with no topic in hand, a 1907 reprinting of the 1889 Cressy, The Twins of Table Mountain by Bret Harte left by a student long graduated was taken apart and used as the substrate for a little red and black letterpress warm-up. The individual pages were divided into 15 stacks and printed multiple times front and back using wood, lead, brass and copper type-high elements. Hand punches were used here and there to add a peek-a-boo element to selected pages. There are 14 miniature books in this altered book edition, each cover with a portion of the chapter page pulling double duty as cover and the number in the edition. The pages were torn down along the text block edges and then into thirds. Remaining selected margin scraps were torn down a second time for the accompanying leashed mini-mini book. The two books have been Coptic sewn. They each sit in their own shells on a platform.
Bret Harte 1907 edition of Cressy, thread, rubber base inks
Elsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in a well-equipped studio in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced 118 editions (offset, letterpress, digital, stenciled, punched and cloth) as EVE Press as well 115 one-of-a-kinds. She exhibits nationally and internationally. 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, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library. Western Washington University has been her professional home since 1977 where teaches digital pre-press, offset and letterpress printing, graphic design history, and book arts.