never mind the press
04 in Transport
[Berkeley, CA]: never mind the press, 1990. Approximately 7 1/4 x 11 1/2". LIMITED EDITION of 30,all of them being #1 with different birdnames, this one being "Coot". Moriki paper covering wheeled box with paper label on cover and spine and cutout on front cover, in fine condition. Four stitched binding books from a series of habitats, printed between 1889 and 1990, on waxed masa paper with linocuts, handmade paper covers by Beth Herrick & Heather MacDuffie of Port & Starboard Press in Mt. Desert, Maine, signed on the box colophon by author, in fine conditon.
Book Artist Alisa Golden is well-known with many institutions holding her innovative material. She received a BFA in Printmaking with High Distinction in 1985 from California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC). The habitat books are subtitled as follows: A Feather is Cut to Resemble a Knife (woods), Filling a Hole (subwoods), People in Pieces (city), and Lite Screened Familiar (subcity). A beautifully created and written collection.
Catching a River: Delta, The Island, and The Dreamfish
[Berkeley, CA]: never mind the press, 1993. Approximately 4 x 6". LIMITED EDITION of 40, this being #35. Outer mesh envelope created to look like a fishing net of sorts with decorative tie ribbons, in fine condition. Three printed paper folding envelopes (made of cotton, flax and wild iris leaves), hand stitched with various themed embelishments such as miniature menu, map, message in a bottle, and fortune teller fish, creatively stitched with artistic cut-outs, in fine conditon.
Book Artist and author Alisa Golden is well-known with many institutions holding her innovative material. She received a BFA in Printmaking with High Distinction in 1985 from California College of the Arts (formerly CCAC). These books were part of an Art-by-Mail subscription, No. 2, in 1993.
Letters of Transit
Berkeley, CA: Never Mind the Press, 2019. First Edition. One bag with eight pamphlets and 7 eggs. LIMITED EDITION of 10 copies, this being #8. Seven handset, letterpress printed, pamphlet-stitched books with book cloth, photos, a collagraph, and seven acrylic-painted wooden eggs, nesting in a linen satchel, hand-embroidered with silk thread. The eighth brown pamphlet titled "About" contains some of the creative process and the signed and numbered colophon, all in fine condition. Only 1 library holding.
A wonderfully creative artists' "book" that combines stitching, pamphlets and eggs. The painted eggs are the same size and color as a real egg of the species. The bird passport evokes a record of their life paths/migrations represented by original stamps on the passport, which also includes some information about the birds. The passports are also smaller or larger, depending on the size of the birds represented. The linen pouch design and shape, along with a collagraph design representing a nest, what the artists meant to be a nurturing and beautiful place of life and renewal. Birds represented include: Osprey, Black Oyster Catcher, Mallard, Green Heron, Whilte-tailed Kite, Anna's Hummingbird, American Coot.
Alisa Golden has been making books since 1983 under the imprint of Never Mind the Press. She also teaches bookmaking and has written books on the subject. She explores various materials in her work, particularly paper, sticks, glass, felt, and fabric. She makes print, paper and uses what form, materials, and techniques to expand and deepen the narrative. Dianne Ayres, proprietor of Arts & Crafts Period Textiles, creates a large variety of textiles with hand embroidery. Letters of Transit is a beautiful collaboration between two talented women.