by [Small Craft Advisory Press] Jessica Peterson, conceived by.
Tallahassee, Florida:: Small Craft Advisory Press,, 2016.. Edition of 70. 4.5 x 5.5" case bound cloth over boards. Pink outline of Florida on front board. Letterpress printed. Fold outs. Pink end papers. Numbered. . Small Craft Advisory Press: "A Guide to Florida, 2016 honors the original manuscript prepared for the Department of Public Instruction in 1939. Twelve writers and twelve artists have reinterpreted the text, filtering the culture of Florida from 1939 through their individual views of American culture in 2016." Colophon: "This book was made by twelve writers and twelve artists who were paired together through a lottery system, and assigned a chapter from the original 1934 manuscript. They were given a list of design constraints to use for their re-interpretation of the original text. Like a graphic design game, there were rules to follow: the only font that could be used was Perpetua 10, 12 or 14 point, and the only colors were Pantone 101 (yellow), Pantone 230 (magenta), Pantone 298 (blue) and black. Pairs were assigned a specific page structure with their essay. Some of the collaborators chose to break these rules." Jessica Peterson, Introduction: "It is difficult to articulate a singular definition for American culture. State by state, our diversity is as strong as what we have in common. ... "The Works Project Administration (WPA) was the first and last large scale project to attempt to define America through its diversity rather than its similarity. The federal government instated the WPA in 1934 to boost the economy by hiring artist to document their native American cultures in writing, painting, design and photography. ... "Federal Writers' Project was a component of the WPA tasked with recording and writing as much about American life as possible. This group of over 6,000 writers collected recipes, songs, folklore, and slave narratives within their individual communities. Collectively, they wrote A Guide to the States, a series of 48 books, one for each state. Chapters in Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State were written anonymously by Florida writers like Zora Neal Hurston and Carita Doggett Corse. The text describes a place of so many cultures and ecosystems that a singular identity for Florida would be difficult to describe. "After they finished Florida: A Guide to the Southernmost State, the writers were asked by the Florida State Department of Public Instruction to prepare a book of essays about the ecology and history of Florida for school children. This manuscript was never formally published. It was placed on the shelves at the Florida State Archives in a library binding, type-written on thin sheets of onion skin. "I found this manuscript. ... The essays create a delightful summary of Florida's culture: full of plants, ocean water, stars, and local legends. The diversity of Florida is both acknowledged and celebrated. "A Guide to Florida, 2016 honors the original manuscript. ... Twelve writers and twelve artists have reinterpreted the text, filtering the culture of Florida from 1939 through their individual views of American culture in 2016." Participants: Keith Kopka and AB Gorham, Mary Jane Ryals and Denise Bookwalter, Jessie King and Allison Milham, Deborah Hall and Landon Perkins, Ron Salutsky and Abigail Lucien, Jay Snodgrass and Ellen Knudson, Jessica Plante and Jessica Peterson, Michael Trammel and Scott Bell, Kristine Snodgrass and Bridget Elmer, Danilo John Thomas and Michelle Ray, Christine Poreba and Kevin Curry, Jeff Peters and Sonja Rossow.
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