Notta Pixie Press ~ Washington
(Jenny Craig)

Fine press books by Jenny Craig  

Henry Owens, Called Snake
By Jenny Craig
Seattle, Washington: Notta Pixie Press, 2009. Edition of 38.

13.5 x 19.75" broadside. Letterpress printed with found wood type on Magnani Acqueforti paper. Wood cuts printed repeatedly on a Vandercook press.Linseed oil based ink.

Jenny Craig: "Old man Snake lived down the road from me when I was a kid. He seemed ancient to me, and we'd see him wandering down the road every now and again. He dropped by on Christmas morning one year when I was very young, and I remember him telling me a story. He said that he had never worked a day in his life - he won all his money at the casinos. I don't know if that's true. He had a little cabin which you could see from the road, down on some land right next to the dump. The mesquite is swallowing it up, now, bushes growing all around and through it. I asked about Snake when I went home to visit last year and one of the other neighbors said he'd been gone for years. She said he always used to give her 'that good old slovacek sausage' in thanks because she'd make sure he had enough to eat on a regular basis. They called it snake sausage around her house.

"This print is a bit of a memorial, in the sense that if I don't remember him, I'm not sure who else will. It's also just a reaction to the beauty of that cabin being returned to the landscape. In my head, too, it's not like he had a firm death or leaving date. He was there in the background and then at some point, he was not. I like to think maybe he shed that body and has gone off into the weeds as an old black snake. I think he might have been ok with that."

Old man snake he lived up by the dump he never worked a day in his life gambling's good enough for an old black snake.


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Notta Pixie Press Out of Print Title:  

A Broadside
By Jenny Craig.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 2004. Edition of 24.

24.625 x 9.625" sheet letterpress printed on Hahnemüle Ingres paper using a Vandercook Press at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

Jenny Craig: "This broadside celebrates group nouns in all their glory, past and present. The group nouns that form the border are from “The Book of St. Albans” (a manuscript from 1486) as quoted by James Lipton in his book An Exaltation of Larks.

"The three poems in the middle are my own creation, and chronicle my morning commute to school in Philadelphia, my frequent road trips, and my mother's house in Texas. They are intended to highlight Urban-Rural transition, and are an example of my delight in language and my interest in medieval subjects. The large capitals were hand carved out of wood. The poster was printed in four passes, two red and two black, as there was only enough type to print half at a time. So, it was broken down and reset in between."
$75 (SOLD)

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