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Originally I envisioned a "simple" Alphabet set in relief, so that students with Vision Impairments (VI) would be able to touch each of the lette… Read More
Originally I envisioned a "simple" Alphabet set in relief, so that students with Vision Impairments (VI) would be able to touch each of the letters and "see" with their hands. I am working with braille at George Mason University to set all of my writing in Braille. My mind works in mysterious, often ironic ways, and I figure if people who are blind go to museums, but cannot touch the artwork; then why not display book work that sighted people cannot read. :) Read Less
Published:
VI Alphabet Font Book (in an edition of 5 with 2 Artist Proofs)
Dimensions 2.25” X 2.25” X 2.25”
Materials: Rives BFK and oil based ink, book board, button, marbled paper and bookcloth 
Processes: Relief printed under heavy pressure on Sintra plates
$75 
 
 
PLEASE TOUCH!  There is a haptic and kinesthetic joy to opening and touching this book that is both intentional and serendipitous.  This miniature book was created for my Capstone exhibit at the Corcoran School of Art + Design in Washington, DC and will be on display from April 28th until May 11th.  The Asheville Bookwork's show titled "Homegrown Alphabet" was the inspiration for this piece.  This Alphabet was designed for the blind and its purpose is to give them a tactile understanding of "homegrown" fonts.  This book is meant to be "viewed" from the debossed side and is intended to be backlit for ease of viewing when on display.  The ink on the reverse side is intended to aid in viewing only.  
There are two gum transfer prints which will be chine colled onto this to fill out this editioned print of 3!  I had a marvelous time carving this print and used a phillips head screwdriver to put the crosshatched impression on the falling stars and on the base of some of the letters -- check out the letter "R" or "W" as examples in the close up.  I used a blue and pink rainbow roll  with the brayer to get the two-toned color effect.
These prints are for the Asheville Book Works show called "Homegrown Alphabets."  I learned more about creating Sintra plates, as well as designing type and pangrams with these prints.  I hope to wax (encaustic) the Alphabet to see if the letters/paper become more transparent.  I need to add the chine colle images to the "Grumpy Wizards" print and the "Garden" print which I will post when they are complete.