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Phases interior page


"Phases" is an artist book that depicts the 29 phases of the moon typographically. It's also about the phases we experience in our relationship with others and the divine. The text, all from the Bible, refers to the lightness and darkness within and outside of us.




The text begins as a thin outlined font on the right side of the page. The font gradually fills in, waxing until the letters are completely white, then gradually waning back to thinly outlined, with the text at the far left of the page.

Because I have a day job, I printed "Phases" on the weekends, over the course of three months. Coincidentally I finished printing the last pages on a Supermoon, May 5-6, 2012.



5 " x 5" x 2"

10" x 5" x 1" (open)

Limited edition size: 25



phases interior page


I printed the 30 pages of "Phases" at Minnesota Center for Book Arts on a Vandercook Universal letterpress. Each page has 6 layers of ink: 2 brown, 2 black, and 2 blue. The rich dark blue that resulted from this process shimmers in the light.





I manipulated the font using InDesign on my Mac, then converted the text to negatives and photopolymer plates. Normally when printing plates on the letterpress, I print as many pages as possible once a color of ink is on the press, and I switch out the plates to print different pages. With this book, because the registration for each color had to be perfect, I left the plate in place and cleaned the press after printing each page brown, then printing black, and then printing blue.



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