about this piece
bookcloth, paper, linen thread
Two accordions, bound as three diamonds, with 108 stitches represent the 108 stitches on a baseball (or 216 depending on how you count it). Inside each diamond are photographs of a baseball field taken with a pinhole camera. The text was letterpress printed.
A little bit humorous, a little bit bittersweet, Dodger Blues tells the story of a softball player’s gender issues and the misery caused by family and friends. Each poem is named after a Dodger player.
Nikki Thompson prints with letterpress, rubber stamps, and inkjet. She uses innovative structures and materials to reflect the book’s content. Each book is handbound. Production occurs in a tiny room against the sound of the ocean. Letterpress printing happens in a Berkeley carriage house with a rich history of printers and many small critters.