About this piece:
The Bad Quarto is a name applied to the first-known printing in 1603 of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” (aka “Quarto One” or Q1). Early scholars disdained this version as one of the “stol’n and surreptitious copies, maimed and deformed by frauds and stealths of injurious impostors.” Who could resist such a text? Today’s scholars are more inclined to regard Q1 either as an early draft, a memorial reconstruction, or a “tourbook copy” edited for production by a company of actors. In staging Q1 as an artists’ book, we set aside the debate over its origins and merits, presenting instead our own unique visual production of the play. VABC’s Bad Quarto commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death and showcased the work of our members. Our hand-bound book incorporates various relief printing methods (letterpress, intaglio, pressure printing), plate-making processes (linocuts, wood cuts, photopolymer, foam cutouts) and other illustrative techniques (calligraphy, drawing, etchings).
Facsimile images from the first folio Hamlet, British Library C.34.k.1 Various European etchings, engravings, and public domain images were used, as well as original drawings and photographs by member artists.
Designed, printed and hand-bound by members of the Virginia Arts of the Book Center: Kristin Adolfson, Amy Arnold, Bonnie Bernstein, Jennifer Billingsly, Richard Cappuccio, Dean Dass, Janet Eden, Matthew Gibson, Erica Goldfarb,Dorrit Green, Angie Hogan, Nan Janney, Nancy Kober, Cameron Mankin, Kevin McFadden, Yolanda Merrill, Kirsten Miles, Aurora Nichols, Garrett Queen, Rachel Singel, and Michael Swanberg.
paper, ink, photographs, craft foam, watercolor, cloth, book board, thread
About the artist:
resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
The Virginia Arts of the Book Center (VABC) is a community-access studio for artists exploring books, paper, and printmaking. Members include art students and faculty of the University of Virginia and other area institutions, studio artists, letterpress printers, book binders, paper makers, graphic designers, writers, illustrators and novices of the book arts. Each year, member artists at every level participate in a collaborative project. Twenty-one artists collaborated on this project in 2015.