Springtide Press ~ Washington
(Jessica Spring)

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Jessica Spring: " Springtide Press designs, prints and binds unique artist books, broadsides and ephemera incorporating handmade paper and letterpress printing. Small finely-crafted editions consider historical topics and popular culture from a unique perspective."
   

Broadsides by Jessica Spring
Dead Feminist Series with Anagram Press
Elliott Press book (Jessica Spring, instructor)
Fun and Quirky books

 
   
Fathoming
By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2015. Edition of 7 variants.

2.75 x 6.5" closed, extends to 10 x 6.5". Modified Hedi Kyle flag book structure. Letterpress printed with handset Latin Condensed and Bernhard Gothic. Flags of vintage tobacco cards. Accordion spine exterior of original papers of 1945 Japanese maritime maps. Bound in cloth boards. Laid in cloth-covered custom clamshell box bound by Gabrielle Cooksey. Signed and numbered with sea map indication by Jessica Spring.

Jessica Spring: "Fathoming explores the origins of nautical terms, many familiar such as 'anchors aweigh' and others that have evolved into new usage, like 'bitter end.' Bound in an adaptation of Hedi Kyle's flag book structure, vintage tobacco cards depicting vessels sail across the book's interior while the back displays 1945 Japanese maritime maps. The front and back covers incorporate portholes which reveal prints of nautical terms and imagery. ..."

Each copy has a unique set of cards and a unique map (i.e. one of the seven seas).
$700 (Last 2 copies: Mediterranean and Gulf of Mexico)

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Printer's Blocks
By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2012. Edition of 40.

11.5 x 2 x 9" aluminum box holding 28 1.5" cubes . Letterpress printed on Magnani Revere. Title etched on box cover.

Jessica Spring: "Printer's Blocks is an abecedarium composed of vintage wood type and printer's blocks letterpress printed on Magnani Revere and formed into cubes. Letters are arranged in a box as they would be in a case of type (with J and U following Z since those letters were not used by early English printers). Two sides of each block include a variety of handset patterns created from American Type Founder's Dainty Border No. 1 that – like the border – can be arranged to delight. Two bonus blocks are included with catchwords 'and' and 'the' plus ampersand and exclamation marks. "
$500


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The Girl in the Moon
By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2010. Edition of 72.

5.25 x 8.25"; 12 page double-sided accordion structure. Illustrations printed with photo-polymer plates and handset Artcraft. Letterpress printed on duplexed Hahnemühle Ingres. Bound in paper covered boards of indigo Momigami. Packaged in a silver bubble-wrapped envelope with Velcro closure. Illustrated by Susan Estelle Kwas. Signed by illustrator and printer.

Jessica Spring: "This book cycles the reader through one full moon night to view all manner of mischief. Using an innovative structure designed by Hedi Kyle, the three-color illustrations float off the page and the book can be displayed as an accordion or in a star shape. ... Through the use of metallic and glow-in-the-dark inks, the book delights in both sun and moonlight."

The book comes with a small black light to charge the glow-in-the-dark inks.
$300


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Sheets
By Dolores Connelly
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2010. Edition of 30.

6 x 4.5 x 2.5"; four houses. Text handset and letterpress printed on handmade abaca paper. Folded and formed into house shapes. Housed in boxes made with Paper Studio's recycled cardboard box paper.

Colophon: "Sheets is a cycle of haiku by Dolores Connelly, each poem capturing a moment within a season. These haiku are excerpted with permission of the author from A Twisted Balance, One-Line Haiku and a Few Senryu, an unpublished collection of one hundred haiku dedicated to people forced from their homelands or houses."

Jessica Spring: "The ongoing cycle of homelessness throughout a year is reflected in the patterns and cycling colors printed on the interior of each paper house, muted but shining through translucent fiber."

    no night bus
  the only sheets around
hard cold rain

            ten below tonight
                Thai Cafe denies street guy
                      their crapper
                 Buddha decor

$224


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Horse Power
By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2009. Edition of 51.

Springtide Press: "Horse Power traces the history of this majestic animal through domestication and popular culture and is letterpress printed with photopolymer plates, vintage horse blocks, and wood type. Words and phrases in the English language are explored as well, revealing their horsey origins."

Jessica Spring: " There is something utterly compelling about a horse, a creature whose history is so intertwined with the human. Our ancestors relied on this beast of burden for transportation, warfare, and sustenance. Sacrificed in the Rig Veda, glorified in the Koran, and captured in cave paintings, horses have left an indelible hoof print on our collective consciousness.

"Despite our rich history together, horses have become primarily a source of entertainment. Molded in plastic to collect, bred and raised for racing careers, or relegated to pulling carriages in the midst of city traffic, their power was supplanted by that of the engine.

"Look back on our struggle for freedom, trace our present day strength to its source, and you'll find that man's pathway to glory is strewn with the bones of a horse. -Author unknown"

Horse Power was available in three versions:

Thoroughbred Edition: (Sold)
One-of-a-Kind. 20-inch Model Horse split in two, which acted as a binding to an accordion book printed on handmade horsehair paper. This one-of-a-kind has been sold.

Draft Edition:
Edition of 15. 5.5 x 6.125 x 1.25"; 11 unnumbered pages. Accordion. Letterpress printed on handmade horsehair paper using photopolymer plates, vintage horse blocks, and wood type. Enclosed in clamshell box with a horseshoe attached to lid. One-of-a-kind vintage photograph tip-in on interior lid.
$425

Pony Edition:
Edition of 35. 5.5 x 6.125 x 1.25"; 11 unnumbered pages. Accordion. Letterpress printed on Stonehenge using photopolymer plates, vintage horse blocks, and wood type. Slipped into a Fabriano Roma brown wrapper with leather tie.
$90


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Pony Edition
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Lewises & Clarks
By Jessica Spring
2004. Edition of 40.

13.75 x 4.75" gatefold construction with 16 pages each side. The covers are bound in cutch-dyed chamois, and the text is letterpress printed with photopolymer plates on coffee-dyed Fabriano Mediovalis.

Jessica Spring, a new arrival in the Northwest during the bicentennial celebration of Lewis and Clark's exploration, offered this gathering of Lewises & Clarks as a (perhaps) tongue-in-cheek counter-punch to the onslaught of Lewis & Clark material that was appearing.

Spring: "Lewises and Clarks profiles extraordinary pioneers that also deserve recognition in the midst of the anniversary year of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Many of those featured are women and African Americans."
$300


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A Proverbial Book
By Jessica Spring
2002. Edition of 40.

The text is letterpress printed with photopolymer plates on Fabriano Mediovalis. Based on a medieval structure, the book is sewn on cords and covered in Brazil wood-dyed chamois. Each cover features a vintage cigarette card from a series of proverbs.

A selection of proverbs are amusingly paired with hand-colored illustrations from a 1930s vocabulary primer.
$150


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Collectors' Tales
Curator and Chief Collector - Jessica Spring
Art historian - Annie Morse
Illustrator - Susan Estelle Kwas
2001. Edition of 15.

Cards are handmade, duplexed sheets of cotton and abaca. Printed letterpress on a Vandercook #4, using photopolymer plates and the photographs printed as duotones. Includes an essay written by Annie Morse on the nature of collecting. Illustrations by Susan Estelle Kwas.

"Collectors' Tales" examines the obsession to collect, identify, and display objects of desire. Each box of the edition is handmade and features a deck of cards profiling the collectors. The box contains an object provided by one of the fifteen collectors. Each box thus becomes unique since each one focuses on a different collector and collection.
•Elvis Collector Tale available. $500

 


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Quirky fun paper pieces with nuance
   
Daniel Hudson Burnham
By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2015.

3 x 3" square folded print. Letterpress printed with handset type on bright, durable red paper using silver ink and vintage printer's ornaments. The hand-scored and folded print is 3 x 3 inches square which expands to 6 inches square.

Jessica Spring: "This folding origami print is dedicated to Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912), the architect and urban designer that directed the construction of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, known as the White City. His 1909 master plan for the city focused on the stunning lakefront and put every resident in walking distance from a park.

"When opened, the print reveals a quote by Burnham, laid out on a complex path. … The back of the print includes Burnham's biography."


Make big plans; aim high in hope and work, remembering that a noble logical diagram will not die, but long after we are gone be a living thing, asserting itself with ever growing insistence.
$15

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An Inflammatory Guide:
Banned & Challenged
Books You Should Read

By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2012.
Unnumbered edition of 200.

3.75 x 3.125" closed, extends to 33"; 22 pages. Double-sided accordion structure. Letterpress printed. Bound in fluorescent matchbook cover with foil-stamped warning: "Open Mind Before Striking."

Jessica Spring: "Published for Banned Books Week, this letterpress-printed accordion is bound in a fluorescent matchbook cover foil-stamped 'Open Mind Before Striking.' It features books banned and challenged under categories like racism, nudity, or homosexual content with quotes about censorship and intellectual freedom. A collaboration with Sweet Pea Flaherty of King's Bookstore, a portion of proceeds benefit the Freedom to Read Foundation."
$20


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Springtide Press SOLD / Out of print titles:
• Parts Unknown
   

Do You Feel Beautiful?
By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2009. Edition of 10.

11.5 x 13.25"; 5 leaves. Letterpress printed on pages of the November 2006 Braille edition of Seventeen. Handset in a Cheltenham typeface, "rarely associated with beauty." Laid in plexiglas boards with white cloth spine, ribbon tie. In handmade red stitched white slipcover.

Aphorisms on beauty (from Ancient Greece via novelist Margaret Wolfe Hungerford, Stephen Sondheim, Greek/Roman mythology, and Confucius) arrayed on leaves from a Braille edition of Seventeen. The word play and graphic wit here are very much palpable.

Jessica Spring: "My youngest sister loves trolling junk shops as much as I do. She found the Braille edition of Seventeen magazine and knew I'd want it for something. There were two big signatures of loose folios, unbound, and I didn't do anything with it for years. I definitely read (but mostly looked at pictures) in Seventeen in the 70s –all the fashion Dos and Don'ts, quizzes for attracting boys, earnest replies in the advice columns. It seems very ironic to me that such a visual magazine could be completely converted to words, and stranger still, words that you feel. So the text came from cultural references to beauty all the way back to Confucius. And of course it had to be printed in pink (a color I really dislike). I just had a show with a set framed in hot pink and they provoke a lot of curiosity – people really want to touch the pages and know what they say. So far I haven't had anyone able to read Braille, so it's a mystery."
(SOLD)

 


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Four Elements
By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2005. Edition of 100.

Pinwheel kit: 8.5 x 8.5" instruction sheet; 7.6 x 7.6" pinwheel sheet; assembling kit including display stand. Letterpress printed with handset type in six colors.

Jessica Spring: "A pinwheel spins text that explores the four elements and the ongoing battle between love and strife. The front features a quote from Greek philosopher Empedocles: Now hear the fourfold roots of everything: Enlivening Hera, Hades, shining Zeus and Nestis, moistening mortal springs… with tears."

"Pinned to a pencil stamped Be in readiness for favorable winds, Four Elements is ... in six colors. Packaged as a step-by-step kit, the pinwheel travels safely and inspires great pinwheel-making memories during assembly."
(SOLD)

 

 

   
Honey B Hive
By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2013. Edition of 66.

2 x 7 x.25" closed, 2 x 7 x 11" open (in several computer languages, including UNICODE, B=66). Letterpress printed. Bound between velour foil-stamped covers. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Springtide Press: "Honey B Hive is a sweet B specimen, displaying a hive full of Bs from the collection of vintage wood and metal type of Springtide Press. The book is handset, letterpress printed, and bound between velour foil-stamped covers, all inspired by one very painful, then itchy, sting between the toes.

"To display pull front and back covers apart until the panels click into hexagonal hives."

(SOLD)

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Rags to Riches
A Capitalist Flexagon

By Jessica Spring
Tacoma, Washington: Springtide Press, 2012. Edition of 99.

Black folder, 6 x 6", 2 pages, holds a flexagon 4.25". Letterpress printed in gold, copper, silver and black with photopolymer plates on paper handmade by Helen Hiebert from recycled linen rags and shredded currency. Laid in pocket of letterpress printed black folder.

Jessica Spring: "Rags to Riches: A Capitalist Flexagon is a tri-hexagon, a structure invented in 1939 by Arthur Stone. A flexagon appears to have just two sides, but when flexed by the reader, a third side is revealed. Manipulating this hexagon reveals a 19th century English proverb (begin at the golden pointer) and provides an opportunity to consider the flow of cash.

"The panels read in a continuous cycle: Rags make paper. Paper makes money. / Money makes banks. Banks make loans. / Loans make beggars. Beggars make rags."
(SOLD)


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