The Scripps College Press publishes limited edition books each semester created and printed with letterpress equipment by students in Art 135: Typography and the Book Arts.
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8 artists’ books (Spring 2017)
Majoring in Biology, Computer Science, Literature, Linguistics & Cognitive Science, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Scripps, Pomona, and Claremont McKenna Colleges, eight undergraduate students designed, printed, and bound limited-edition artists’ books in the Typography & Book Arts course this semester. Each artist’s book represents the effort, artistic vision, and voice of an individual student. The subject matter ranges from mourning the loss of a family member and astronomical mythology across time and cultures to digital miscommunication and travel journals. Edition size of fifteen copies. A Feminist Introduction to Data Structures by Carmen Meija describes four commonly used data structures in computer science. Letterpress printed in a stab binding, this artist’s book introduces data structures to feminists, and feminism to computer scientists. 11.75″ x 8.5″
Between the Lines by Anthony Perna is a leather-bound book that features a french twist binding style. With letterpress text and linoleum blocks, this artist’s book contains a series of maps featuring places that caused the artist to reflect on the feeling of un-belonging and displacement. Each map has corresponding poetry, like short vignettes, that shed light on particular and salient aspects of the artist’s transient residence. 4″ x 6″
Finding My Sunflowers is a hardcover carousel book featuring intricate papercuts. Bound in Japanese bookcloth and letterpress printed with pressure prints, this artist’s book contains a series of original poems that focus upon the necessity of experiencing tragedy and hardship for the development of a brighter and bolder self. 5.5″ x 4.5″
Fledged by Lauren Koenig is a collection of five myths behind the Aquila, or eagle, constellation. Contained in a leather cover, the 4″ x 4″ booklets were printed on Rives Bfk and Chinese Heather papers using linocuts, handset letterpress, and a digital reprint of an original monotype. 4″ x 4″
Message Received by Devin Powell is an imagined conversation between the author and the reader about their communication. It is a letterpress printed accordion with linoleum cut prints and watercolor images. Pull-out tabs allow the reader to alter the dialogue. 6.25″ x 3.25″
Reminders by Lydia Saylor is an accordion style book with six linoleum block prints. Each print, some of which have multiple layers, is overlaid with handset letterpress text. Each little phrase calls upon the reader to take an active role in finding peace. 3.25’’ X 4.25’’
Tooth by Liat Kaplan features an original, letterpress printed poem on loss and grief accompanied by linocut illustrations in a modified stab binding. 7.5″ x 6″
What is this World? by Emily Scottgale consists of handset letterpress text and linocuts. Combining natural scenes and text, the artist contemplates how we can come together despite opposing views in an increasingly divided and divisive society. The edition size is fifteen copies. 4.625″ x 5.875″
Scripps College Old Style
Scripps College has its own font, designed in 1941 by master type designer Frederic W. Goudy.
You can purchase the full family font for $178 at fonts.com.
To learn more about this unique and impressive font, click here.