8th Reading Response, due on Halloween by 4 pm by Rachel Simmons

"A Guide for Ecotourists" by Rachel Simmons, letterpress, linocut, acrylic ink, gesso on folded paper 2008 

"A Guide for Ecotourists" by Rachel Simmons, letterpress, linocut, acrylic ink, gesso on folded paper 2008 

After reading chapters 7 & 8 from Saunders & Chiplis, in approximately 250 words, describe the authors' process of settling on an idea for an artist's book (chapter 7) & describe the decisions that must be made (chapter 8) along the way as you refine your concept.  

7th Reading Response, due October 24th at 4 pm by Rachel Simmons

After reading the selection from "Altered Books, Collaborative Journals and Other Adventures in Bookmaking," use approximately 250 words to describe the following:

1) the book you intend to alter and the ideas you wish to express

2) the techniques from this reading you intend to explore as you work towards communicating your ideas 

6th Reading Response, due October 17th at 4 pm by Rachel Simmons

After reading the selection from "The Book as Art," choose three of the featured artist's books which caught your interest and do the following for each book:

1. State the name of the artist and title of the work. 

2. Include a link to a website which can offer more information about that artist's work. 

3. Describe the book briefly and explain why it captured your attention. 

5th Reading Response, Due October 3rd by 4 pm by Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons, detail from "i see the backs of your hands" 2016

Rachel Simmons, detail from "i see the backs of your hands" 2016

1. After reading Chapter 4 of the Saunders & Chiplis text, "For the Love of Letterpress," describe three adjustments that printmakers working on a Vandercook might make to create the perfect impression on paper. (200-250 words) 

2. Choose one work from "Concrete Poetry" to describe and discuss (220-250 words), 

4th Reading Response, Due Monday October 3rd at 4 pm by Rachel Simmons

1.  After reading the selection from "Just My Type" by Simon Garfield, briefly describe one story from this text which encouraged you to think about the impact of typography in your daily life.  (200 words) 

2. After reading the selection from Saunders & Chiplis' "For the Love of Letterpress," cite a few passages that enlightened you further about the practice of letterpress printmaking. (200 words) 

3rd Reading Response, due Monday 9/19 by 10 pm by Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons, Merde Sur La Mer, mixed media artist's book, 2008

Rachel Simmons, Merde Sur La Mer, mixed media artist's book, 2008

After reading selections from Relief Printmaking and Structure of the Visual Book, respond to these questions in a total word count between 250-300 words. 

  1. What are some common characteristics amongst the different materials which can be manipulated and then inked to create relief prints? 
  2. Why do you think printmakers have experimented with so many different types of block and plate materials? 
  3. As a relief printmaking material, what are the characteristics of linoleum (lino) that make it unique and accessible? 
  4. Choose three examples of artist's books from Structure of the Visual Book which showed a compelling connection between form and concept. Describe, briefly, what you found interesting about each one. 

 

2nd Reading Response, Due 9/12 by 4 pm by Rachel Simmons

After reading the first part of "Letterpress NOW," imagine you are a printing press owner who is embarking on a new job printing 30 copies of a business card. The standard-sized blank business cards you will use are pre-cut and ready to be printed. Would you use a cylinder press like our Vandercook or a table top platen press like our C & P to do this job? Explain your answer based on what you learned in this reading.