Marginalia Press at the George Washington University~Washington D.C.

(Kerry McAleer-Keeler, faculty advisor)

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Marginalia Press: " Marginalia was founded in 2010, during the first spring semester of the Art and the Book graduate program at CCA+D, with the encouragement and guidance of founding program director Kerry McAleer-Keeler.

"A group of students in the first graduating class (2011) of the program brainstormed the name, which can be loosely defined as “notes and comments made by readers in the margin of a book, as well as marginal decoration and drawings in medieval illuminated manuscripts”. Marginalia’s tagline–Book artists, makers and lovers–thinking beyond the margins–expresses our passion and creativity regarding all things “book”. The logo was designed shortly thereafter, and the graduate student group was born!"
By Julie Garcia, Jihae Kwon, Jaime Shafer, Na'ama Zussman
Washington DC: Marginalia Press, 2013. Edition of 30.

7.5 x 10"; 40 pages, 4 half leaves, 8 endpage leaves. Screenprint and letterpress printing with polymer plates and linoleum blocks. Adelle, Arita, and Verlag typefaces. Text printed on Somerset heavy text and Japanese Mulberry paper. Endpapers blind embossed Hahnemuhle Bugra. Bound in covers of sheets of handmade paper of cotton, flax, and abaca. Hand-bound in a long-stitch style with a wrap-around cover and a dyed leather spine.

This is the fourth annual collaborative artists' book created by graduate students in the Corcoran College of Art & Design. Reliquiae was created in the Fall of 2013 by Studio II Master's Degree candidates in the Art & the Book program under the guidance of Sarah McDermott.

Marginalia Press: "Reliquiae explores the phenomenon of the long-term preservation of the human body , and what these practices symbolize, express, and reveal about the societies in which they occur. Beginning with the idea of the body as a relic, the book then details modern embalming practices and examines seven extreme cases of preservation. Combining intriguing detail about the venerated body with imagery of the deceased, the book encourages the viewer to continue the discovery process."
$325 (Last Copy)

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The District Almanac
Containing true absurdities with a predictive element pertaining to natural and human cycles in a single Earth rotation of the sun; relevant and helpful in orienting a newcomer through charts, graphs, articles, anecdotes, and illustrations
By Christy Ball; Marjorie Devereux; Li Pallas; Jennaway Pearson; Sydney Reisen; Maria San Martin;
Whitney Stahl
Washington, DC: Marginalia Press, 2012. Edition of 35.

6.76 x 9" closed; 20 pages. Hahnemühle Ingres and Sakamoto paper, with transparent vellum map inserts. Letterpress printed from metal type and polymer plates using Caslon and Lightline gothic typefaces. Screenprint and lithography on select folios. handmade cotton/abaca paper cover.

Marginalia Press: "The District Almanac is a collaborative artists' book created by second year graduate students in the Art and Book M.A. Program at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, and published by Marginalia Press. The book was designed, conceived, and executed by the students in the Fall of 2012, under the guidance of instructor Sarah McDermott. The group extends creative liberties to the format of a traditional colonial almanac to explore current themes of shifting city landscapes and demographics, local gardening habits, and extreme weather patterns. The almanac begins with a series of calendars containing daily insights, has a mid-section interactive map with removable inserts, and then transitions into anecdotal articles and abstract hand sewing at the fore edge, and is encased in a wrap-around cover printed on handmade paper produced at the Salisbury Studio in Floyd, Va. Combining observation and research with imaginative interpretation, the book is a lovely and surprising mélange of the evolving city."

Contents include:

  • Sun and Moon Schedules for the Twelve Months of the Year
  • District Exploration Map with Explanatory Overlays
  • Tidal Chart & Lunar Schedule
  • Correlations Between Combined Sewage Overflow & Affordable Housing
  • Suggested Planting & Blooming of District Annuals & Vegetables
  • Anecdotes Regarding the Cornflower, the European Starling, Herons & Swamps
  • Capitol Cranes & Construction
  • Top 6 Places You'll See New Street Art in 2013
  • The Swamp that Lurks Beneath

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An Exquisite Future
By graduate students of the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design with instructor Sarah McDermott
Washington DC: Marginalia Press, 2014. Edition of 30.

7 x 4.75 x 1.25" closed. Techniques: letterpress, screenprint, linoleum relief, Sintra plate carving. Printed on Rives Heavyweight Text. Bound as an accordion with a removable spine and sewn inserts. Background images of native pollinators digitally printed on Canson Mi-Tientes. Eurostyles and Aleo typefaces printed letterpress from polymer plates. Cover sheets of cotton and abaca made by hand at the Corcoran. Signed by the participants (Susanne Allen; Sarah Matthews; Amy Nichols; Sarah Denslow: Krista Sharp; Julie Sheah). Numbered.

Kerry McAleer-Keeler: "An Exquisite Future was designed and produced by the students in Fall 2014 under the guidance of instructor Sarah McDermott. In the book, the group explores the implications of a future with a reduced population of honeybees. A vital pollinator of many types of food plants for humans and animals, honeybees are in danger of disappearing because of colony collapse disorder. The artists used this phenomenon as a starting point for contemplating the future. Each artist responded to the preceding vision, building on what came before and using humor while considering potential difficulties."
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Photographed by Denny Henry
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+/- One Percent
By Elizabeth Curren, Alessandra Echeverri, Stephanie A. Hess, Amy Gonzales, Kristin Gudbrandsdottir, Camden M. Richards, Elizabeth Schendel, Lynette Spencer
Washington, DC: Marginalia Press, 2011. Edition of 40.

5.75 x 13.5 x 1.5" nested book structure with three books in three different formats: Epigenesis (spiral), A's and T's C's and G's (accordion), and Genetics: A Record of Heredity & Variation (codex). Print methods: digital and letterpress. Codex structure bound in illustrated book cloth. Housed in paper envelope with Velcro closure.

Marginalia Press: "The collaborative work explores the duplicative and yet wildly variant nature of heredity and the human genetic code. The book, created by eight graduate students under the direction of Professor Lynn Sures, is a work comprised of three innovative books in a multi-layered, nested structure with traditional letterpress, as well as contemporary digital and collagraph printed imagery and text. The book is comprised of structures which follow an arc from traditional to modern to experimental: ancient Coptic, multi-faceted accordion/flag, and sculptural spiral, using mill- and hand-made papers and cloth. Each structure in its own distinctive way works together with the others to explore the complex ties between human DNA, family relationships, individualism, and identity."

Colophon: "The exterior book/container structure was designed and printed by Alessandra Echeverri, Stephanie A. Hess, and Lynette Spencer. The pages feature letterpressed text and imagery from an early 20th century text book, a tribute to the founding ideas of genetics. Layered on top are screenprinted and etched cell and genetic imagery, as well as letterpressed wood block type. This layering symbolizes the complex nature of genetics and seeks to examine and artistically visualize the connections made as the human genome works to build life. Die cutting was provided by CC Printing from Carrollton, GA and additional technical assistance was provided by Professor William Suworoff. Colophons for the interior nested books are included within."
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By graduate students of the Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
with instructor Sarah McDermott
Washington, DC: Marginalia Press, 2015. Edition of 30.

6 x 9". Letterpress printed with polymer plates, using Cochin and Adagio Sans typefaces. Maps screenprinted with the timelines digitally printed. Somerset Book Heavyweight and Chartham Natural Clear papers. Bound in a Secret Belgian style structure. Numbered. Initialed by each of the participants.

Kerry McAleer-Keeler: "Designed and executed by graduate students in the Fall of 2015, ReSound explores visual responses to sound within the landscape of Washington D.C. using letterpress, screenprint, and digital printing techniques. Focusing on the human experience of traversing the city, the book combines these printed responses with journals, maps, and process descriptions. Developed as a collaborative book arts experiment, ReSound represents an exercise in close attention and playful responses.

"The QR codes presented inside the story are the gateway to the sounds explored graphically in the artist book."

Five participants each created a section of the book. Sections are introduced with a color divider sheet and printed icon representing the type of sound or section of the city recorded. Each section includes a map of the section in DC where the recording was made, the responses to the sound, a timeline, and foldouts with the visual responses to the recording.

Collaborators, Introduction: "Each of us chose a location in the Washington DC area and made a two-minute sound recording in that place. We then took our sound recording and created a visual interpretation. Next, we handed off the recording to another artist and they created her own response, not having seen the first image, and not knowing anything about the sound recording. These images form the primary components of this book. The viewer can see each pair of images at the same time, with the recorder's illustration on the top and the responder's on the bottom. To keep the separation clear, the primary and secondary prints have different color schemes. Accompanying the prints is a map of where the sound recording occurred, as well as the trip that the artist took to get to that location. The reader can use the included QR codes to link to the actual sound files, and can also reference the sound logs of the recordings. Timelines attempt to visualize how each artist's time-based experience of the sound traveled across the space they were given to work with. In addition to following each person's image making process, we hope you can begin to imagine, as we did, the makings of a sound map of the city."
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By Vanessa Bados, Tia Blassingame, Patti Harden, Natalie Jackson, Tatiana Shukhin
Washington DC: Marginalia Press, 2011. Edition of 40.

20 x 2.75 x 2.75"; 2 scrolls, which unrolled are 8 x 44" and 10 x 44". Consisting of abaca and the authors' clothing, the paper was made at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center and Corcoran College of Art and Design. Printed in Adobe Caslon, Pro and Humanistic typeface using polymer letterpress, linoleum block prints, and sandragraphs on handmade paper. Housed in a 4-sided cloth-over-boards wrapper with 2-fitted end caps, one fixed (to the plastic rod on which the scrolls are rolled) and one removable. Colophon and title printed on wrapper.

Marginalia Press: "Recycling does not limit itself to reusing products. It also acknowledges an item's history, its usefulness in the moment, and the path to its future purpose.

Verdant, the authors posit the questions: If we have recollections of a place's transformation over time, does that place have its own memories? Conversely what memory does our trash hold and ache to express? How these voices and memories are revealed is dependent upon how you approach and navigate Verdant."

Corcoran College of Art + Design Press Release February 3, 2012: "Verdant [is] the second annual collaborative artists’ book created by graduate students in the College’s Art and the Book Program, published by Marginalia Press. Verdant, a scroll book, provides a unique reading and viewing experience for the present-day bibliophile and book connoisseur. The work explores recycling abstractly in reference to the passage of time and recollection of memories of the environment. The scroll was crafted with handmade paper composed of recycled materials and abaca, a plant harvested for its special fiber qualities, and each artist supplied his or her own original writing and imagery, adding multiple perspectives to the final product.

"'Books are largely collaborative projects and Verdant is unmistakably the result of five book artists working and creating together,' said Kerry McAleer-Keeler, director of the Art and the Book Graduate Program at the Corcoran.

"Lynn Sures, Corcoran professor of the Studio II course for the project, stated, 'Using recycled fabrics to create the scroll paper, and new plastic for its core, the work's content reinforces concept in this investigation of place, memory, and time. The grads have taken a bold step; the artist's book becomes a physical metaphor for cultural solutions.'"

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