By Amy Pirkle
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Perkolator Press, 2010. Edition of 35.
5.5 x 7.125"; 18 pages. Design, imagery, text, and letterpress printing by the artist. Printed from metal type and reduction linoleum cuts on Nideggen paper. Cover image is a scratch negative photopolymer plate. Bound in paper over boards with cloth spine.
Amy Pirkle: "I printed The River during my time as master printer in residence in letterpress at Penland School of Crafts in February 2010. There are two narratives working side by side throughout the book. One is a first-person account of a tubing trip down the Broad River that my father and I took in the Summer of 2008; the other is told in second-person and instructs the reader on how to live one's life, following examples from my father's life from the ages of 18-54 years old. The images throughout are based on photographs I took of the Broad and French Broad rivers in North Carolina in the summer of 2008. I had been working on the book idea for a few months before I arrived at Penland, and I felt that there was no better place to print it than at Penland because it is only an hour from the river."