Curious Pursuits Press ~ North Carolina
(Sharon A. Sharp)

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Sharon Sharp: "Meditative, explorative, playful ways of merging form and content lie at the heart of my handcrafted books. The bookmaking process allows me to meld so many things I enjoy —writing, paper textures, image-making techniques, and printing processes. With each new project, I experience the word book unfolding in unanticipated, magical ways."
   
Artists’ books by Sharon Sharp  
   
The Incompleat Editor Polishes Passages from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women
By Sharon A. Sharp
Boone, North Carolina: Curious Pursuits Press, 2012. Edition of 25.

3 x 2.625"; 26 pages. Accordion structure with opening and closing pamphlet stitched sections. Archival inkjet printed text in Goudy Old Style. Handwritten edits with archival Micron pens. Papers: unryu fly leaves; unryu and Bertini-paper accents on interior and back of accordion panels; cream-colored Mohawk Superfine lightweight paper for text. Bound in paper covered binder's boards with Bertini gold-accented-design paper. Archival inkjet-printed title on Mohawk Superfine cover-weight paper, tipped onto coral Mi-Teintes panel. Handcut simulated colored pencil inset on green unryu on bottom of front board. Closure of metal brad with green Irish linen thread and glass beads adornment. Pamphlet stitching with unwaxed Irish linen thread. Signed and numbered by the artist on the copyright page.

Sharon Sharp: "The Incompleat Editor is a persona, an overzealous neophyte who allows me to take a tongue-in-cheek look at copyeditors' and line editors' self-assured drive to 'improve' others' writing. I enjoy playing with this persona because for thirty years I've had to hold in check the 'improvement imperative' while editing nonfiction books for various publishers. The Incompleat Editor's suggestions are also reminders that each writer's unique voice must be honored as the very heart of any literary work, and in this case it is Louisa May Alcott to whom I must apologize for the editor's brash insensitivity. As noted in the book's introduction, this is the first edition in a planned series of Incompleat Editor miniature books using text from selected literary classics with little or a similar word in the title. The tiny pencil on the cover represents my many years of editing with colored pencils on hard copy, plus it's a nod to my ongoing delight in the visual rhythms of editors'/proofreaders' marks, now almost obsolete."
$155

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Blue Ridge Bounty
By Sharon A. Sharp
Boone, North Carolina: Curious Pursuits Press, 2010. Edition of 10.

2.5 x 3"; 6 pages. Miniature. Double-sided accordion, panorama style (as designated by Hedi Kyle). Canson Mi-Teintes, textured angel-hair, lightweight lokta, and office papers. Original collograph of skeletal leaves collected near the Blue Ridge Parkway printed on a Vandercook press. Handwritten text. Sections of the US Geological Survey topographical map surrounding Boone, North Carolina, inkjet printed. Bound in paper-covered museum board with paper title on front board and similar layered paper decoration on back board. Signed and numbered.

Sharon Sharp: "I've lived near the Blue Ridge Parkway for more than twenty years in North Carolina, as well as for three years in Virginia, and the verdant land continually mesmerizes me. The abundance and variety of trees fascinate me, especially as green bounty bursts forth each spring and refines the land's contours. I expect I'll always have to rely on my trusty tree-identification book while on drives and walks – and that prospect only increases this area's allure for me."
$100


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Eight-Word Autumn Scene
By Sharon A. Sharp
Boone, North Carolina: Curious Pursuits Press, 2010. Edition of 10.

3 x 3"; 9 leaves. Handwritten text. Papers: parchment calligraphy, origami, Strathmore petal-inclusion, Canson Mi-Teintes, Thai leaf-inclusion, and unryu. Coptic stitched stiff wraps. Button and tassel closure. Linen thread tassel with glass bead adornment.

Sharon A. Sharp: "Writing and printing by hand have always been relaxing for me, and I especially enjoy creating unusual forms through combinations of printing and cursive writing. In this playful word puzzle book, the reader will find – by reading in a different way – one glimpse of an autumn scene. This book is the first in a planned series with handwritten letter and word exploration."

At first glance the capital A looks as though it is presented in eight different decorated ways. On closer inspection one finds that the curlicues are not curlicues at all but letters. Each illustrated A has a hidden word – Amid airy allée, ants amass atop aged apple.
$100


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Crazy Quilts
By Sharon A. Sharp
Boone, North Carolina: Curious Pursuits Press, 2012. Edition of 5.

1.5625 x 1.5625; opens to 4" wide; 12 pages. Flower fold (origami style) miniature. Canson Mi-Teintes with original linocuts of crazy-quilt patterns (printed on a Vandercook press). Materials: origami papers, unryu with metallic threads, marbled momi, Irish linen thread, glass bead, binder's board. Handwritten text about crazy quilts and common embroidery stitches used. Hand script to represent embroidery-handwriting. Written with Sakura Pigma Micron pens. Bound in paper covered boards with tie closure. Title on front cover printed with archival inkjet.

Sharon Sharp: "Crazy Quilts celebrates both 19th-century crazy-quilt traditions and the crazy quilts my maternal grandmother created. The look of fabric remnants is reflected in two ways: original linocuts of crazy-quilt blocks in the center of the book and 12 origami papers on the upper and lower book portions. Handwritten text, in angled lines, suggests the intricate embroidery stitches between a crazy quilt's many asymmetrical shapes and conveys historical and personal details related to such quilts. Since embroidery was integral to crazy quilts, many stitch names are presented. The book's varied movements also reflect crazy quilts' fascinating arrays of colors and designs."
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The Mammoth Legacy of Stephen Bishop
By Sharon A. Sharp
Boone, North Carolina: Curious Pursuits Press, 2012. Edition of 10.

3 x 2.875" closed, opens to 3 x 14"; 18 pages. Double-sided accordion with a pamphlet-stitched opening section, a stitched-in pocket holding a folded map portion in the middle section, and a fold-down poem in the last section. Canson Mi-Teintes, unryu with metallic strands, white laid-finish, and gray parchment papers. Archival (pigment-type) inkjet printing of text, map portion, and images of 19th-century Mammoth Cave engravings and lithographs atop scans of original suminagashi. Other materials: Irish linen thread; binders' board; metal brads; glass beads. Bound in black cloth with thread and bead closure on each side. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Sharon Sharp: "South-central Kentucky's Mammoth Cave - the world's longest known cave system - has become a powerful source of inspiration because of my 2009 opportunity to serve as Mammoth Cave National Park's Artist-in-Residence. One of the most remarkable people in the cave's history was Stephen Bishop, an enslaved 19th-century African-American guide and explorer who gained international renown for his knowledge, courage, and wit. Using rudimentary tools and often exploring alone, Bishop discovered many major cave areas, as well as eyeless fish and other unusual creatures. One of Bishop's most striking accomplishments was the completion of a detailed map - drawn from memory - of the cave passages he had explored by the light of a small lard-oil lantern. That map, completed for his owner, eventually became a central part of the legacy now celebrated at Mammoth Cave National Park, where he is buried.

"The front side of The Mammoth Legacy of Stephen Bishop contains a pamphlet-stitched booklet about Bishop and his work at the cave, a stitched-in pocket holding a portion of Bishop's famous cave map, a fold-out with an original poem (in a traditional Welsh form, cywydddeuairfyrion), an original drawing of a lard-oil lamp, and six archival inkjet prints of 19th-century Mammoth Cave etchings and engravings printed over scanned images of original suminagashi (ink marbling). The cave-interior place-names from Bishop's entire map appear on the accordion sections' back, and the glass beads on the front cover's closures suggest the guide's lantern light."

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