Cornville, ME, 2016. Artist's book, one of 7 copies only, all on Katie MacGregor handmade paper, each signed and numbered by the artist / author, Bonnie Bishop. Page size: 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches; 64pp; including pastedowns and colophon. Bound by the artist: hand-sewn Coptic style binding, single thread sewn through each of the 8 signatures, on handmade paper wrappers painted gold, stiffened with archival paper, title printed in blind on front panel, housed in tan paper folding case. Letterpress printed in Optima by Scott Vile at the Ascensius Press. Bonnie Bishop's 7 poems are enhanced with her silkscreens and monoprints in gold. The images surrounding the text are in gold; these images are repeated in dark blue in successive pages that are a gold ground, with nature-printed leaves etc. in gold, white, blue, green and dark blue, making the text-less pages a rich tapestry with great depth. Her poem, "Showing Me the Source" is the only double-page spread, and it is embellished with a meandering stream across the centerfold, reaching to the sky or perhaps the source. The poems are all "dream-like" sequences, with reference to female relatives / ancestors who provide inspiration and stability. A most beautiful book, the fourth and last in the artist's series of books inspired by several archetypal mythologies of women. This is, perhaps, the most personal of the four and is extremely moving. (Inventory #: 11117)
Book arts, Livres d'Artiste, Fine Bindings, American Women Authors, Book Arts, Feminism, Fine and Private Press
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