About this piece:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 [The Beaufort Wind Scale]
This artist book presents the descriptive language of the Beaufort wind scale’s thirteen categories from Calm to Hurricane, with the form of the book referencing the intensification of wind force as the pages progress. Sir Francis Beaufort’s historic scale helps us connect a physical force with straightforward, comprehensible, even beautiful words to understand the wind-phrases such as “crested wavelets form on inland waters” or “inconvenience in walking against wind.” Letterpress printed in light gray ink on Somerset paper with a Vandercook 4 press using handset metal type, with wood type for blind printing of numerals. Printed and bound at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts in an edition of 13 copies during hurricane season 2015. A primarily non-adhesive structure with pages sewn onto a concertina inserted into Hedi Kyle’s crown binding within reinforced paper covers. Housed in a clamshell box with a printed table of the Beaufort scale on the interior of the box top.
paper, tyvek, ink, thread, board, bookcloth
About the artist:
Lives and works in Norwich, Vermont, United States
Stephanie Wolff is an artist, hand bookbinder, printer, and book conservator. She was the Fall 2015 Helen M. Salzberg Artist-in-Residence at the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. In 2013 she was awarded a Creative and Performing Artists and Writers Fellowship at the American Antiquarian Society. Her current body of work focuses on themes of weather, history, and rural life. Her artist books are held in library and private collections and included in 500 Handmade Books, Volumes 1 & 2. In addition to working on her own creative projects, she teaches book arts to students of all ages.