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Artist's book - (Compound frame) : seven poems by Emily Dickinson
  • (Compound frame) : seven poems by Emily Dickinson
    Dickinson, Emily
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(Compound frame) : seven poems by Emily Dickinson

  • Object:

    Artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)
    Vermont (published)

  • Date:

    1998 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dickinson, Emily (poet)
    Johanknecht, Susan (artist)
    Janus Press (publisher)
    Gefn Press (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Woodcuts hand printed at the Gefn Press in London.

    Linoleum cuts were printed at the Janus Press.

    The text is handset in Berthold Walbaum foundry type and printed on UV Columns machine made paper.

    The endsheets are Rowland vinyl, strips of which were used to stitch the kozo sheets [bearing woodcuts] onto the text pages.

  • Museum number:

    38041998102065

  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

This collaborative work by Susan Johanknecht and Elizabeth Steiner was co-published by the Janus and Gefn Presses in Vermont and London.

The seven poems by Emily Dickinson that form the text were selected by Susan Johanknecht who also made the accompanying woodcuts and linoleum cuts.

The unusual book structure by Elizabeth Steiner, is made even more striking by the juxtaposition of both traditional and unconventional materials. The woodcuts are printed on a traditional Kozo paper, while a more experimental approach is conveyed by the cut outs on the front and back leaves, the end sheets made from patterned vinyl and the binding made from needlepoint mat.

Claire Van Vliet clarifies the work's emphasis on structure and use of materials in the accompanying Note for standing order patrons: 'The covers are needlepoint mat, something I have wanted to use for a long time in a binding. This book had been in the works for five years and had never quite gelled. When Elizabeth Steiner was here last October to work on our collaboration on book structures she had a model of backstitch binding that made the whole project finally click'.

Physical description

First and last text leaves have cut-out panels.

Bound with paper tabs laced through slits in leaves and covers.

Woodcut plates sewn to the outer edges of the text leaves.

In corrugated plastic case with flap.

Edition of 120 copies.

Covered with needpoint mat; inserted in plastic envelope.

7 pages

Place of Origin

London (published)
Vermont (published)

Date

1998 (published)

Artist/maker

Dickinson, Emily (poet)
Johanknecht, Susan (artist)
Janus Press (publisher)
Gefn Press (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Woodcuts hand printed at the Gefn Press in London.

Linoleum cuts were printed at the Janus Press.

The text is handset in Berthold Walbaum foundry type and printed on UV Columns machine made paper.

The endsheets are Rowland vinyl, strips of which were used to stitch the kozo sheets [bearing woodcuts] onto the text pages.

Dimensions

Height: 20 cm, Width: 27 cm

Descriptive line

Artist's book, '(Compound frame) : seven poems by Emily Dickinson', by Susan Johanknecht, Janus Press, Vermont, Gefn Press, London 1998

Categories

Artists' Books

Collection

National Art Library

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