Ashland, Oregon:: Jubilation Press,, 2015.. Edition of 4. Clamshell box: 17 x 11.5 x 3.5"; covered in silk; bound by Sabina Nies; inset of ballerina image on lid cover; title letterpress printed on silk adhered to interior lid. Contents: a silk scarf with text of the book, a tryptic set of three arches (to be used as a background), a silk-wrapped holder for five stands wrapped in Parisian silk, a tray for displaying five photo etchings, and a ballet point shoe hand made in France by Repetto. Photo etchings printed à la poupée on Somerset Velvet paper. Text from "The Radiance Sutras," a version of the "Vignana Bhairava Tantra," translated by Lorin Roche. The silk scarf is entwined with words from the sutra, and a line from that text is repeated on the back of each ballerina etching. Text fonts are a combination of Adobe Caslon Italic, Dream Script Standard, and Zapfino Regular. Cathy Deforest: "This artist book unfolds with a series of discoveries. ... Beginning with a silk scarf, the viewer is enticed to unfold a set of three arches, hold a ballet shoe, and place five hand inked etchings of an Italian ballerina on stands draped in silk roses. From then on, viewers can choreograph any dance they choose to create." "While in Tuscany, I was privileged to photograph Valentina Romi, a ballerina from Siena, and I was enchanted. Many years passed before I felt I had a book design that would convey the beauty of the ballerina's movements and the elegance of dance. "I turned my photographs into etchings and hand inked each plate to bring out the radiance of the dancer. A performance by the San Francisco Ballet gave me the idea of inviting the viewer to twirl the dancer in front of an arched stage. "My hope is that each person will experience The Dream of the Dance & the Dance of the Dream as an intimate offering of beauty and an invitation to discovery.
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