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Ringling College of Art and Design Letterpress & Book Arts Center ~ Florida
(Bridget Elmer, coordinator)
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Ringling: "The Letterpress and Book Arts Center was established at the Ringling College of Art and Design in May of 2011, with the acquisition of Harold and Judilee Sterne's studio. … The Ringling College Letterpress and Book Arts Center currently houses five operational printing presses, including a Chandler and Price 8x12 Old Style platen press, two Vandercook SP-15 flatbed cylinder presses, a Vandercook Universal III AB, and a Nolan Standard proof press. The Center is generously equipped with over 400 cases of type, 4,000 metal engravings, and an Anderson Vreeland Orbital XI photopolymer platemaker. In addition, the Center houses a variety of tools for bookbinding, box making, and creative packaging, with two book presses, a D&K 210M dry mounting press, a Golding Pearl guillotine, an Ideal 1046 Kutrimmer, and two additional paper cutters."
Ingress / Egress
By Ellen Knudson
Sarasota, Florida: Ringling College of Art + Design Letterpress, 2015. Edition of 50.

6 x 9"; 6 french-fold structures. Printed on Japanese mulberry paper from photopolymer plates by Boxcar Press. Typefaces used Humanist 521 BT, Spectrum MT, and Spindle (drawn by Ellen Knudson). Designed by Ellen Knudson. Letterpress printed and produced at the Ringling College Letterpress and Book Arts Center.

With graphic design and text Ingress / Egress explores and explains books from 6 perspectives – Books Are Architecture, Collections, Environments, Maps, Plans, and Processes. As the text on the last page of the last French-fold structure says: "Have your book, and eat it too."

Crooked Letter Press: "Ingress / Egress is an artist's book that contemplates the design of artists' books. The intent of the piece is to encourage ideation on the theme 'books are'. The six French-fold books use geometry, visual design, text, and imagery to investigate topics such as 'Books Are Architecture' and 'Books Are Collections.' The French folds are housed in a wrapper & clamshell enclosure. Books are letterpress printed on Japanese mulberry paper from photopolymer plates. The translucency of the mulberry paper produces layers of reading in each book, and the potential interaction of layers amongst the entire suite of books."

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Ringling Suite
By Ke Francis, CD Wright, and Forrest Gander
[Sarasota, Florida]: [Ringling College of Art and Design] Letterpress & Book Arts Center, 2012. Edition of 75.

13.5 x 18.75" portfolio containing 6 loose sheets (including title and colophon sheets) of white Somerset Satin 250 gm paper. Multi-colored relief prints printed from hand-engraved gravoply and photopolymer plates. Poems set in Bodoni Book and Frutiger Roman and printed from a polymer plate. Editions printed by Jill Lerner and published by the Ringling College of Art Book Arts Center. Laid in paper portfolio with paper title label tipped on front cover.

Suite of broadsides with prints by Ke Francis and poetry by C.D. Wright and Forrest Gander.

     Raven by Forrest Gander and Ke Francis
     Unconditional Love Song by C.D. Wright and Ke Francis
     Like Something In His Handwriting by C.D. Wright and Ke Francis
     Projected Love by Forrest Gander and Ke Francis

Brown University: "Forrest Gander is a writer and translator with degrees in geology and English literature. Concerned largely with the way the self is revised and translated in encounters with the foreign, his book Core Samples from the World was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award."

Robert Creeley Foundation: "C. D. Wright ... has published numerous volumes of poetry including Rising, Falling, Hovering (Copper Canyon Press, 2008), which won the Griffin Poetry Prize; Cooling Time: An American Poetry Vigil (2005); Steal Away: New and Selected Poems (2002); and One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (2003), with photographer Deborah Luster. ... Wright teaches at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island."

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Ringling College of Art and DesignOut of Print Title:
Praxis (illustrated)
By Julie Chen
[Sarasota, Florida]: Julie Chen and Ringling College of Art and Design Letterpress & Book Arts Center, 2013. Edition of 45, 3 artist's proofs, 1 presentation proof, and 2 archive impressions.

10 x 7"; 7 leaves with 4 fold out pages. Movables. Letterpress printed. Housed in a four-sided portfolio case with magnetic closures. Signed and numbered by the artist. Printed at Ringling College of Art & Design. Bound at Flying Fish studios.

Colophon: "Written and designed by Julie Chen, and letterpress printed by Jill Lerner with assistance from Michael Bailey, Allie Doersch, Dylan Johnston, Mariana Shiva, and Blair Seward. Many people contributed to the making of the imagery including Katy Brandes, Patricia Thompson, Sandra Lefever, and Susan Trovas"

Produced as a part of the Ringling College visiting artist subscription series.

Flying Fish Press: "The book examines ideas about the creative process and includes several movable mechanisms. It is beautifully letterpress printed and comes housed in a four-sided portfolio case with magnetic closures."

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