I was a proud participant in Folium, the College Book Art Association's first print portfolio/exchange to benefit the CBAA academic journal, Openings: Studies in Book Art. This peer-reviewed journal aims to energize artistic practice, stimulate study in the field of book art, and encourage profound and multifaceted thinking in this dynamic arena. By providing open online access to Openings, CBAA seeks to support diverse conversations and an ongoing examination of the continually shifting role of the book in contemporary culture.
Inspired by the potential for Openings to grow as a platform for critical and theoretical investigation, the theme for this portfolio is folium (plural foliums or folia). Folium, in Latin, means leaf: a leaf of a book or a tree. The mathematical folium of Descartes is a curve consisting of two infinite branches sharing a common asymptote; the curve has a double point and a leaf-shaped loop. In anatomy, a folium is a wrinkle on the surface of the brain. In geology, a folium is a thin, leaflike layer or stratum occurring especially in metamorphic rock. Together these definitions suggest growth and layers, and they lead to a visually rich collection of prints: prints with references to math, leaves, folded paper, and suggestions of the infinite.
The imaginative variety of prints and folios in the Folium collection range from classic letterpress printed broadsides with text to purely visual interpretations of the theme to contemporary pieces utilizing tactile materials and inventive techniques. The imagery includes leaves and algebraic curves, as well as references to book pages and the brain. The participating artists are professionals in the field of book arts: printers, binders, educators, and fine artists. In the spirit of our journal, Openings, this portfolio is our offering to the future of book arts.
Specifically, my print features a letterpress printed poem, ink jet printed imagery, a vellum insert and machine embroidery.
Folium was published in an edition of 50, with 25 copies for distribution to the participants, 24 numbered copies offered for sale, and one copy for the CBAA archives.
Printed pieces: 9” x 12”
Enclosure: 10“ x 13” x 5/8”
This collection consists of flat prints, broadsides, and folios on a variety of papers using any print medium or combination of media, including letterpress, offset, digital printing, and/or other printmaking techniques. The complete set is housed in a custom enclosure.
Please visit the Vamp and Tramp website if you would like to purchase a copy: http://www.vampandtramp.com/finepress/c/CBAA-USA.html#folium