26 Lessons in Being Good: An Abecedarian
About the Book
Each of the 26 posters in this book is a reminder of what it means to be good in today’s context. The book is in what is referred to as an “abecedarian.” Each poster has is a short phrase and image that imparts a positive message and is associated with a letter of the alphabet. For example, “A is for accessibility for all.” The posters were created by the Peoria Print Club as a series of limited edition broadside posters to remind people of fundamental values that are indicative of a truly great America. Proceeds benefit the Peoria Print Club.
C is for Climate Change
A is for Accessibility for All
O is for Obstacles we shall Overcome
R is for Respect your Mother (Earth)
Y is for Your Huddled Masses Yearning to be Free
N is for reNewable energy
X is for eXercising your right to vote
A new series of images using clear perspex plates to for drypoint combined with applied color to make monoprints and a tunnel book entitled “the fishing hole”
The Fishing Hole (tunnel book)
Atomic Bomb Mots: a 75 year war of words: Since 1945 we have lived under the shadow of nuclear catastrophe. The quotes in this book are by people who have been called upon to advise or make critical decisions on this threat. For 75 years our survival has depended on the their wisdom, integrity, and perspicacity. Full comprehension of this responsibility has humbled even the greatest of them. Among this illustrious company, only one person has had the temerity to claim to be a genius!
cover: 5.5 x 6 inches
Donald J. Trump
Book of original Monotype Prints: T R O P O S August 2019
10 x 13 inches
On Display at the Hartmann Gallery, Bradley University, August -September, 2019
The heart of this exhibit is an Abecedarian project that gives a lesson in civility for our time. It will soon be coming out in book format, hopefully by the first of the year (2019)
This week I made up kits containing everything you need to make a 24 page case-bound notebook 6×8 inches, with a paste paper cover and cloth spine. It included pages, end sheets, spine reinforcer, punching guide, thread for sewing, pastepaper cover material, book boards, and book cloth.
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Wednesday night, September 9, from 6:30-9:00 at the Prairie Center of the Arts. A short fun workshop will invite participants to use antique wood to create immediate and powerful letter and word compositions.
Just lately, I personally have been experimenting with setting wood type diagonally in the press bed, using triangular wedges and magnets for some inventive lock-ups. Combining that with hand-inking using multiple rollers and cutting and folding the paper after it has been printed has been leading to some intriguing avenues of investigation that I hope my students will pick up on and give me some surprises!
Wood type’s versatility always amazes. It can be old-fashioned in the sense of a wanted poster, or it can be painterly, atmospheric, almost abstract. it can communicate a message with utmost clarity or it can be subtle and nuanced, Meticulously planned or totally spontaneous.
Here are some of my recent experiments.