Friday, September 17, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Saturday, August 7, 2010
The printing is nearly complete on my latest edition, Study for the Possibility of Hope, by poet Dennis Phillips.
“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.
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
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
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.
Friday, March 26, 2010
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
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 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.