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Friday, September 17, 2010

Clark Library Event Oct. 9


Pie In The Sky Press will be showing work at the reception, with a short reading by Paul Vangelisti.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Pie In The Sky Press website!

Check out my new website at:
www.pieintheskypress.com/

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Study for the Possibility of Hope





The printing is nearly complete on my latest edition, Study for the Possibility of Hope, by poet Dennis Phillips.

Paul Vangelisti writes, “ Dennis Phillips, in Study for the Possibility of Hope, embarks on a speculative and finally optimistic version of the pastoral, examining the poem’s (and our) place in the natural world. As he was also at the time working on his novel Hope (Green Integer, 2007), one can’t help noting the aptness of some of the poet’s musings in relation to that other world of language. For the poet, Hope becomes both a device and a destination: ‘a boat moored in a glassy cove.’

“In this book, with ‘slow surface,’ its careful and often droll meanderings, Dennis Phillips shows himself to be a poet’s poet, a true, in Heidegger’s words, ‘shepherd of Being.’”

The images of native California plants and The San Gabriel Mountains on double gatefold spreads reference the view from the poet’s porch where the poems were conceived.

These are pictures of the printer's/binder's proof.

American Academy of Bookbinding



Early this summer I spent 2 perfect weeks at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado. I studied french-style fine leather binding with renowned bookbinder, Monique Lallier. One of the books I made was yet another version of Azusa: a sequel by Paul Vangelisti. This time the book is covered in scarlet Harmatan goat with underlay and onlay cover decoration and a green leather fly. I think this is the very best one yet.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Codex International Book Fair


Preparations are underway for the Third Biennial CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium on February 6-9, 2010. We estimate over 3000 people will attend the four day event, with 150 presses, artists, and suppliers from all over the world exhibiting and selling at the book fair, and 250 artists, collectors, and curators participating in the BORDERS AND COLLABORATIONS symposium focusing on global collaboration to strengthen and enhance the future of the book arts.


Pie In The Sky Press will have a table, come and take a look at the books in person!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

National Museum of Women in the Arts grant proposal







Barbara Maloutas and I are applying for the 2010 Library Fellows Program grant to produce Barbara's poem A Reason of Elements. This is the mockup of the water section.

Further Apocrypha Quarter Leather




Here's another version of Ray DiPalma's Further Apocrypha bound in quarter blue Harmatan goat leather with paste paper. This version comes in a paste paper slipcase.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Ray DiPalma's "Further Apocrypha" deluxe edition





Further Apocrypha contains twenty-seven previously uncollected poems written by Ray DiPalma between 1993 and 2009. These writings, both sensuous and lyric in their philosophic concerns, reflect what has often been noted as DiPalma’s finely tuned ear and his preoccupation with testing the limits of language and form. Six of his original graphic works accompany the poems.

The deluxe copies numbered four and five of the edition of forty are red full Harmatan goat leather. The text blocks were sewn on linen tapes with printed endsheets of Bugra paper, sprinkled edge decoration, hand sewn silk endbands and are stored in a cloth-covered clamshell box. The image of an airplane from the endsheets is impressed into the cover of both the box and the book.


Friday, January 29, 2010

Further Apocrypha kangaroo leather





This special copy of Further Apocrypha is bound in red kangaroo hide. The text block was sewn on linen tapes with endsheets of marble paper made by Pam Smith of Marblesmith and hand sewn silk endbands. The impressed image on the cover is a original graphic by the poet, Ray DiPalma.

Further Apocrypha standard edition







Further Apocrypha contains twenty-seven previously uncollected poems written by Ray DiPalma between 1993 and 2009. These writings, both sensuous and lyric in their philosophic concerns, reflect what has often been noted as DiPalma’s finely tuned ear and his preoccupation with testing the limits of language and form. Six of his original graphic works accompany the poems.

This edition of 35 standard copies was designed, printed and bound entirely by Rebecca Chamlee. The book was printed on a Vandercook from polymer plates of Centaur and Arrighi types and collages by the poet on Zerkell Nideggen paper. The text blocks were sewn on Ramie tapes with printed Bugra endsheets. The quarter cloth case binding has sides covered in paste papers made by the binder and an inset printed label.