North Adams, MA: Messenger Press, 2016. Artist's book, one of 25 copies, all on Rives BFK, signed and hand-numbered on the colophon by the artist / author, Valerie Carrigan. Page size: 8 x 6-3/4 inches, 14pp. Bound by the artist / author: accordion fold laid loose into brown cloth over boards portfolio with offset lithograph image inset on front panel, housed in brown cloth over boards slipcase with tan paper label on spine, author and title printed in brown, lined with litho of arabesque line and seed pods. The author / artist printed the text on a Vandercook Universal I while Book Artist in Residence at Maine Media Workshops in Rockport, Maine. Ms. Carrigan's monotypes were printed as offset lithos by Amanda D'Amico at the Borowsky Center for the Arts, University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Carrigan's own text was set in Garamond Roman and Adobe Garamond Pro for the excerpts from the journal of Henri-Frederic Amiel. Additional printing completed at Peter Kruty Editions and Horton Tank Graphics. Ms. Carrigan's simple text centers on a mother walking daily with her young daughter, discovering a field of milkweed, and waiting for the seed pods to open. Childhood wonder at the pods opening and dispersing their cargo via the wind is captured with words and with the lovely, black and white monoprints. The "walk" is opened and closed by Amiel's text, starting, "Let mystery have its place in you..." and closing with, "Sacred work of nature it is..." Three strong visual images of the milkweed, in particular close-ups of the ephemeral seed pod, are compelling, as is text, the maternal advice to the young child counseling patience. (Inventory #: 11257)
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