Frances Watson ~ California

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Frances Watson: "It is difficult to say how I became so involved with book making. I came to books through painting, in an effort to make a painting that would 'read' like a book only to reveal itself as a painting at the end. I found that, because of the book form, there was an immediate contact with the observer. Books do not intimidate, they are meant to be touched, carried. There is an intimacy with a book that you do not have with a painting. I have become more involved with making books, printmaking, papers, bindings ... the list goes on. It is quite a journey."
   
A Book of Curiosities, vol. II.
By Frances Watson, Mary Coman, CJ Kuhl
San Diego, California: Nomad Studios, 2016. Edition of 42.

3.75 x 3 x 2"; 30 double-sided cards (26 alphabet cards and 4 informational cards). Carousel structure with pocket pages. Text laser printed on Conqueror High White Wove paper. Images on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Bound with acid free papers and boards with unbleached book-binding-ribbon tie closure. Each copy signed by the artist naming that set. Numbered.

Fran Watson: "This collaboration is with three artists - CJ Kuhl of Oxford, England; Mary Coman of San Raphael; and Fran Watson of San Diego. Each artist created images for two alphabet books. The images were then sent to San Diego, shuffled, and 52 images were sent to each artist to be named. All the original cards with both image and text were then sent to Oxford England to be printed under the supervision of CJ Kuhl. All completed cards with bindings were then sent back to San Diego and San Raphael."

Colophon: "Published under the name of Nomad Studios, a collaborative of artists and writers, with no fixed home and a changeable composition."
$325

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The Day Book
By Frances Watson
San Diego, California: Frances Watson, 2015. Edition of 10.

3.75 x 3.75"; 35 pages. Accordion structure. Original linocut prints handprinted on assorted Awagami Papers then mounted on Arches Text. Inkjet printed text. Wraparound black stiff paper with slot-and-slit closure. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Fran Watson: "This book came from my constant condition of trying to get everything done and running out of time. The thought struck me that days are relentless, they just keep rolling on even if you can't keep up. Hence, an extra day.

"It is a very straight forward little book that is dedicated to people who need or would like an extra day."

$150

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Aesop Revisited
By Fran Watson
San Diego: Frances Watson, 2013. Edition of 6.

12.5 x 6"; 10 pages including pastedowns. Original text and images. Handprinted linoleum cuts on Rives paper. Bound in black paper wraps with cut-out star tipped on the front cover. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon.

A re-telling of the tale of a small fowl who believes the world is coming to an end because the stars are falling from the sky.
$375

 


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Stack of Storms
By Fran Watson
San Diego: Frances Watson, 2013. Edition of 7.

13 x 10"; 11 pages. Accordion fold extending from the back pastedown. Original text and images. Handprinted linoleum cut on Rives paper. Black paper covers with slip-and-slot closure. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon.

Fran Watson: "Storms seem to be a frightening subject lately. Because I survived three of the four mentioned in the book, they stay paramount in my mind as subject matter."

The ancients, it seems,
Had it right.
For every disaster
A god was in sight.

We poor moderns
Can't make up our mind
Is it Mother Nature
Or Humankind.

Gods come
And Goddesses go
But storms
Still remain.

The question is
And always will be
Exactly who
Do we blame.

$375


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The Hidden Lives of the Lower Cases
By Fran Watson
San Diego, California: Frances Watson, 2012. One-of-a-Kind.

7 x 4.5"; 26 pages. Accordion fold extending from two sides. Original pen-and-ink drawings on Bond papers, mounted on Arches paper. Bound in wrapper of double paste paper with buttons and waxed thread. Wooden stand for display. Signed by the artist.

During 2011 the artist participated in a collaboration with three other artists which produced A Book of Curiosities under the Nomad Press imprint. It was an alphabet book of original and word play. Each artist had sets of 26 letters to invent three curious alphabets. The end result was twelve books. Out of the leftovers of this project came "The Hidden Lives of Lower Cases."

Fran Watson: "After Nomad's Book of Curiosities I had cards left over that we did not use because they were lower case. I could not bring myself to throw them away, hence, this book. ... Some of the letters are hard to find, but then, that is the point of the book."
$400

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How we lost the MERMAID’S SONG
By Frances Watson
San Diego, California: Frances Watson, 2006. Edition of 10.

10.875 x 9.375"; 10 pages. Original text and images by Fran Watson. Hand printed on Rives heavy weight paper. Paper-covered boards with black cloth spine. Cover and binding by Jace Graf of Cloverleaf Studio. Signed by artist. Enclosed in black paper wrapper.

A fable of the environment and of how we lose touch. The mermaid’s song was passed along, passed along, passed along. Ultimately, it passed out of memory: "It's lost it's lost, oh woe of woes. I can't remember how it goes."

Frances Watson: "I have a folk art collection that has a number of mermaids in it. I often make drawings from figures. At some point I made the linocut and put her in an ocean setting. I guess about the same time our resident mockingbird began his early morning concerts—the poem began—and the book was made."
$300


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Adventures of the Origami Bird
By Frances Watson
San Diego, California: Frances Watson, 2004. Edition of 65.

Each of the four books are: 4.75 x 5" accordion fold bound into back cover of wrapper. Wrapper letterfold with Japanese paper band for "flap" to slip into. Illustrations ink jet printed on archival paper from original drawings and collage. Covers are 100% cotton paper decorated with Japanese origami papers. The four are housed in a cloth bound book cover with tie closure, paper title label on front board. Signed by artist.

The first of these four books on the adventures of the Origami Bird was created for the first Christmas of the artist's granddaughter. The four adventures included Origami Bird Goes Home; Origami Bird and the Night Sky; Origami Bird Meets Ms. Whistle; and, the original The Story of Origami Bird. The illustrations are black line drawings accented with brightly colored Japanese patterned origami papers.
$165 (Last two copies)

 


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A Book of Curiosities
By Fran Watson, Catriona Brodribb, Mary Coman, CJ Kuhl.
San Diego, California: Nomad Press, 2011. Edition of 12 variants.

3.75 x 3 x 2"; 30 cards. Carousel structure with pocket pages. Text laser printed in a variety of digital fonts on 100 lb. laser paper. Images on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Images unique to each book. Bound with acid free papers and boards with unbleached book-binding-ribbon tie closure.

Prospectus: "It began with a concept...four artists would each create 78 original and imaginary works, to be randomly shuffled. Each artist would receive three sets of 26, and with these, would invent three curious alphabets. The outcome is twelve unique and beautiful books."

The Artists
     Catriona Brodribb: Bold abstract images; color intaglio
     Mary Coman: Intricate organic shapes; ink and wash
     CJ Kuhl: Mysterious and hilarious collages from antique books
     Frances Watson: Fantastical flora and fauna; ink and wash

Fran Watson: "[A Book of Curiosities] is a collaborative book created by four artists. Two of the artists live in Oxford, England, one in San Rafael, California, and one in San Diego. Two years of frantic Skype calls, endless emails and angst over transatlantic mail service."

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The Origami Bird
By Frances Watson
San Diego, California: Frances Watson, 2004. Edition of 65.

4.75 x 5" Accordion fold. Book bound into back cover of wrapper. Wrapper letterfold with Japanese paper band for "flap" to slip into. Illustrations ink jet printed on archival paper from original drawings and collage. Covers are 100% cotton paper decorated with Japanese origami papers. Signed by artist.

A lovely picture story of the Origami Bird created on the occasion of the artist's granddaughter's first Christmas. The illustrations are black line drawings with the emergence of a new life in brightly colored Japanese patterned origami papers.
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