paper, ink, thread
Artist’s statement about this work:
A relief printed book using pressure printing, letterpress and inkjet. The text is a set of 50 short sometimes very short stories of events from my growing up. It started as a remembrance of my mother and expanded out to include my family, my neighborhood, my elementary school and my nervous stomach. The pressure printed images included relate to certain of the stories. Bound using the “Secret Belgian” binding, a binding with an interesting sewing pattern at the spine. Sixty pages. Numbers 1-10 of the edition are enclosed in a silk covered clamshell box lined with marbled paper made by Stephen Pittelkow. A photograph, taken in 1960 is embedded inside the box.
About the artist:
Emily Martin earned a MFA degree in painting, from the University of Iowa in 1979, having previously earned a BFA and MA in drawing and painting, respectively. She started the Naughty Dog Press in 1996 to produce her own limited editions of primarily sculptural and movable artist’s books. Martin joined the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 1998, to teach a variety of classes exploring artists’ books, including Movable & Sculptural Books, Paper Engineering & Pop Up Books and Artists Books. During her career she has produced over 35 limited edition artist’s books using a variety of production techniques including letterpress printing, intaglio printing, silkscreen printing, inkjet printing and photocopies. Martin’s books are included in public and private collections throughout the United States and internationally. See the collections page for the full list. Martin is very interested in the intersection of the book as an art form with the traditional craft of bookbinding.