Spring 2018 Book Arts & Social Justice



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In the Spring 2018 Book Arts & Social Justice seminar course taught by Professor Tia Blassingame at Scripps College, thirteen undergraduate students created letterpress prints on a variety of social justice topics including access to education, mental health, Syrian refugees, human and environmental exploitation.

Coupled with linocuts or cut vinyl, handset letterpress of varied typefaces appears on 6 x 9 inch sheets of Hahnemühle Ingres. Compiled in a white envelope, the print portfolio is numbered and signed by the artists.

Students documented their process and inspiration in textual and photographic entries on the class website. You can view the various activities of the class at bookartsofsocialjustice.omeka.net. During the semester, students curated an exhibit of prints and artists’ books, interviewed prominent and emerging artists working in the book form in addition to creating this limited-edition, letterpress print portfolio.


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  • Bibliotheca Librorum apud Artificem
  • Lafayette College
  • Chapman University
  • Baylor University
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • Private collections

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