Gabrielle Cooksey~ Washington

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Gabrielle Cooksey: "I am a bookbinder and book artist … I enjoy creating work that combines the uncommon with the unexpected by sing traditional skills."
   

anyway
By Gabby Cooksey
Tacoma, Washington: Gabrielle Cooksey, 2016. Edition of 35.

5.25 x 2.375"; 8 pages with pastedowns. Letterpress printed. Hand painted. Gold foil tooled. Paper-covered boards with paper title. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon page.

Advice attributed to Mother Teresa offered as an anodyne to the chaotic present.

People are often unreasonable & self-centered.
Forgive them anyway

$300


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The Book of Penumbra
Deadly myths retold
By Gabrielle Cooksey
Tacoma, Washington: Gabrielle Cooksey, 2016. Edition of 23.

9.13 x 6.69"; 19 pages. Hand-bound accordion case binding. Thai Mulberry Black and Tengu-jo Japanese Kozo. Letterpress printed with handset type and photopolymer plates. Gold Foil Tooling. Signed and numbered by the artist. Laid in hinged painted black box.

A book of small stories of death gods from around the world.

Gabby Cooksey: "Death has always fascinated me because it happens to all of us yet no one talks about it. I wanted to see what other cultures personified death as through myths and legends. The gods in this book are very hushed and for some, even if you speak the name, you'll be cursed. I wanted this book to be shadows, to be played in the light. I chose a delicate paper so one could see through to the page behind it. The text is in all sorts of shapes because I wanted each story to represent the god being told about. For instance, Sedna is in the shape of drowning, Anubis is his eye, Mac is a pit with someone at the bottom. The borders are all plants, roots, and things found on the earth. Some represent death like the poppy, and the yew tree."

Colophon: "These stories are told using pen and ink, then tidied up in Illustrator. Photopolymer plates were combined with handset Packard, then letterpress printed and hand colored."
$1,000


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Monsters & Beasts
Tales Imagined from Greek Myths
By Gabrielle Cooksey
Tacoma, Washington: Gabrielle Cooksey, 2014. Edition of 22.

9.75" x 13.25"; 10 leaves. Letterpress printed at Springtide Press with Jessica Spring. In paper wraps. Silkscreen. Handpainted. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Colophon: "These familiar stories were retold and illustrated with pen and ink, then cleaned up in Illustrator. Photopolymer plates were combined with handset Pencraft, Packard, & Hadriano, then letterpress printed and hand colored on Arches Text Wove."

Five brief renditions of tales from Greek mythology featuring beasts: Actaeon & Artemis; Typhon, Aphrodite, Eros, & two fish; Arachne & Athena; Medusa & Athena; Stymphalia & Man-eating Birds.

Gabrielle Cooksey: "This story started with just random border doodles. I had no idea where I was going with it until I stumbled upon a Greek myth book and all the animals I doodled happened to have their own Greek tale. Everything unraveled after that."
(SOLD)

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Somewhere
By Gabby Cooksey
Des Moines, Washington: Gabby Cooksey, 2017. Edition of 5.

12 x 8"; 14 pages. Materials: Kraft-tex paper, gold foil, Tengu-jo Japanese paper, varnish, printers paper. Modified sketchbook binding. Numbered.

On February 11, 2017 the artist went hiking through Saltwater State Park located on the shoreline of Puget Sound in Washington state. Her inspiration for "Somewhere" came from this walk. She uses the textures of bark, moss and vines as her subjects.

Gabby Cooksey: "This book was found by accident. Trying to come up with an idea of the Pacific Northwest when I realized this is it, the hike through Saltwater State Park was my PNW. Curiosity and exploration was the cause of this book. Photo-transferring, varnish painting and trying to make gold look like a paint brush stroke were all new territory for me and this was the best opportunity to try. The woods follow me where ever I go, so it only makes sense to echo the woods back at me in the pages, the text emphasized this. This haven of color and texture is where I find a clear mind and my imagination."
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