Naughty Dog Press ~ Iowa
(Emily Martin)

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Naughty Dog Press: " Emily Martin started the Naughty Dog Press in 1996 to produce her own limited editions of primarily sculptural and movable artist’s books. Martin joined the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 1998, to teach a variety of classes exploring artists’ books, including Movable & Sculptural Books, Paper Engineering & Pop Up Books and Artists Books. During her career she has produced over 35 limited edition artist’s books using a variety of production techniques including letterpress printing, intaglio printing, silkscreen printing, inkjet printing and photocopies.

" The Naughty Dog was a Jack Russell terrier named Gomez. He was Emily Martin’s first and so far only dog. He was both very smart and very badly trained, seemingly a disastrous combination but he was also very charming. Gomez was a loyal companion in the studio and is greatly missed to this day. ... Gomez died in 2006 at the age of 14 1/2."
   

Clues series
It Isn't Always Funny Series bookwork
Family, home, life bookworks

 
 

Funny Ha Ha / Funny Peculiar
By Emily Martin
lines from plays by William Shakespeare
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2016. Edition of 25.

12 x 10 x 1" dos-a-dos structure. Laid in black Japanese linen cloth clamshell box with titles on the spine. Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon of both books.

Funny Peculiar: 19 pages. Letterpress printed on an SP15 Vandercook proof press using handset type and P22 Blox combined with rubbings, ink washes, and collagraphs. Printed on Domestic Etch paper with gray Pescia endsheets. Drum leaf binding.

Funny Ha Ha: 28 pages including 9 leaves in slice structure. Printed on an SP15 Vandercook proof press using handset type combined with relief printing using P22 Blox, collagraphs, and polymer plates from Box Car Press. Printed on white Pescia paper with gray Pescia endsheets. Slice book structure.

Emily Martin: "Funny Ha Ha Funny Peculiar or Funny Peculiar Funny Ha Ha is the result of my extended study of Shakespeare's comedies. I find the comedies individually to be enjoyable but there is a sameness to many of the plots that allows me to mix them up in my head. So much mistaken identity, gender confusion, and various other contrivances while romping their way to a fifth act wedding or two. Even more problematic are the decidedly unfunny themes that are common in many of these same comedies such as hypocrisy, sexual harassment, intolerance, sexism, misogyny, and anti-Semitism.

"I struggled for a long time to integrate all these ideas. I finally realized that what I needed to do was to address each aspect separately, thus a dos-a-do book. Each side has its own focus and treatment. The characters are the same in both books. They are printed using the P22 Blox which are a set of modular shapes that can be interchanged to change the body's posture and gestures. The P22 Blox allows the presentation of the characters as interchangeable as well.

"Funny Peculiar is a drum leaf book and presents selected lines from five plays delivered by characters on a stage set. Funny Ha Ha is a slice book allowing the viewer to mix and match the costumes and gender of the characters in a variety of postures."

Lines taken from these Shakespeare plays:

Troilus and Cressida
Measure for Measure
Much Ado About Nothing
Merchant of Venice
All's Well That Ends Well

$2,200

Set of Funny Ha Ha Paper Dolls
$175 standard
$350 deluxe


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An Alphabet Derived from Abnormal Fetal Positions
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2015. Edition of 25.

4 x 4"; 28 pages. Accordion structure. Laser printed on Sakamoto Heavy paper with inclusions printed on Arches Text Wove paper and adhered with Goudy archival adhesive. Enclosed in a slipcase made of Sakamoto Heavy paper and UICB flax case paper. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Emily Martin: "The letterforms were made with collage and manipulation of fetal forms from an illustration in the book Somatomia Andropologica, 1680 by Sebastian Christian von Zeidler for the Micrographia Exhibit, during the Scientific Books and Their Makers: A Symposium at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, Iowa City, IA. The text was written by the artist to accompany the fetal alphabet forms."
$175

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Is That What You're Wearing?
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa Naughty Dog Press, 2010. Edition of 20.

9" x 4" ' 4 pages. Magic wallet structure. Inkjet printed images. Letterpress printed titles. Printed on University of Iowa flax paper and moriki papers. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Emily Martin: "The book has two subtitles: one side starts with My mother asks and the other side starts with My daughters ask followed by the title on both sides of Is That What You're Wearing? A response to my realization of how my clothing choices have changed now that my attire is no longer scrutinized daily by others."
$200 (Four copies remaining)

 


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Sweet Dreams
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2010. Edition of 50.

4 x 5"; 20 pages. Printed on Rives Lightweight paper using inkjet and letterpress printing. Lithos Pro and Baskerville fonts. Hahnemühle Ingres deep green cover paper. Double pamphlet binding.

Emily Martin: "A short story of my childhood sleep problems with assorted illustrated nightmares."

In between lines of Emily's story are the comforting words: "Now I lay me down to sleep."
$35

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Unsupervised
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2010. Edition of 50.

4 x 3"; 14 pages. Double-sided accordion. Inkjet printed on Mohawk cover stock. Marbled paper band closure.

Emily Martin: "An accordion book with 5 colorfully dressed figures and a text discussing my clothing choices and how they have changed now that they are no longer being scrutinized daily by others."

Text excerpt: "For most of my life I have lived with other people and most of them seemed to have some sort of opinion about the clothes I put on. ... Now in my fifties I live completely alone. For the first time in my memory I go around unsupervised. Since no one else is watching me I am starting to notice some things about my behavior ...."
$20
   
   

The Flexagon Series
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2006 - 2007.

7.6 x 10.75" cloth-covered box containing five letterpress printed flexagons. 1) Inside Out or Denial is a Wonderful Thing: 6" square; continuous flexagon printed in two colors on Mohawk Superfine paper, enclosed in a folder with complete operating instructions. 2) Mid-Coastal: 5 x 10" tetraflexagon printed in two colors on French's cement-colored construction paper enclosed with an instruction card in a plastic sleeve. 3) Nice vs. Polite: 6 x 4" woven flexagon printed in two colors on Mohawk Superfine paper and enclosed in a plastic sleeve. 4) A Game of Fetch: 6 x 6" hexaflexagon printed in two colors on Mohawk Superfine paper and enclosed with an instruction panel in a plastic sleeve. 5) Where Ever You Go There You Are: 5 x 5" rotating ring format printed in three colors on slate blue construction paper from the French Paper Company and enclosed in a plastic sleeve with a paper wrapper containing the operating instructions and colophon.

Emily Martin: "This series was started with an idea of the formats but no specific plan regarding the content. As it turns out the series functions as an odd sort of chronicle of the last two years."

A pamphlet included in the set gives context to the events chronicled in each flexagon: long-distance relationships, commutes, inner dialogue, the death of a beloved dog and the end of a relationship, the power of friendship.
$325 (Last Boxed Copy)


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Juror #13
By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: 2001. Edition of 150.

4.5 x 6"; 16 pages. Archival inkjet printed on Crescent and Canson papers. Pamphlet sewn pages and end papers with wraparound paper cover.

Emily Martin in a simple way details the conflicting reactions one might have to serving on a jury. Each statement of the text is paired with another statement. The pages are laid out with one statement along the bottom of the page and the other upside down along the top of the page. The book has two fronts and can be opened from either end for alternative readings.

   Believing the defendant and not the cop is politically correct.

   Believing the defendant and not the cop is naive.
$10

 


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Many of Martin's works deal with everyday happenings around family and home.
   

Out There In Here
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2012. Edition of 25.

Two tunnel books (10.5 x 10.5" each) bound facing each other within two unconnected orange cloth-covered boards (outside dimensions 10.75 x 10.75 x 1.25"), which allow the tunnel books to be opened and viewed concurrently. Paste papers, ink transfer drawings, and laser printing on Mohawk Superfine paper. Images in the left-hand tunnel laser printed then colored using paste paints and fingers. Images in the right-hand tunnel made using an ink transfer monoprinting technique. Text laser printed. Laid in a cloth covered clamshell box.

A double tunnel book allows two parallel realities to be presented simultaneously: the artist's mother, victim of dementia, exists "in other places and other times"; the family sees a different and more troubling reality.

Emily Martin: "My mother has frontal lobe dementia. From the beginning her diagnosis was very troubling for her and the rest of the family. As time has passed and her dementia has progressed the family continues to note her deterioration and mourn her loss to us. She, however, is less and less aware of her changing state. She is more and more often in other places and times where she is busy and happy. None of us can follow her where she goes but there is nothing to be gained by trying to remind her of where she really is."

Colophon: "I made this book in response to the call for entries from the Guild of Book Workers for the Horizon exhibit. Long before the exhibit call, I had been trying to work out a vague idea of inside and outside. I knew there was something there but it wasn't enough at that point. When I started thinking about who might be inside and then outside and why, it began to coalesce....This is not the first book I have done involving my mother, and it will probably not be the last. My mother has always been one of my biggest supporters and I thank her."
$800


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Siftings
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2007. Edition of 35.

11 x 6"; 70 pages. Printed letterpress and inkjet on Arches Text Wove in Gil Sans. Images pressure printed with hand-cut stencils. Endsheets and cover paper Hannemeuhler Ingres Camel. Bound using the Secret Belgian binding, a historical binding rediscovered by Hedi Kyle. Of the edition 1 -10 are housed in a silk covered clamshell box lined with marbled paper made by Stephen Pittelkow. A photograph, taken in 1960 is embedded inside the box. This is one of the first ten.

Memory can be used as a counterweight to time.

From the Colophon: "This book arose from my attempts to remind myself of my mother as she used to be. While she is still alive, she is much diminished both mentally and physically. It was not always so and I started to think of her when we were both younger."

Siftings also reminds us that when we remember others, we are remembering ourselves.

Emily Martin: "The text is a set of 50 short sometimes very short stories of events from my growing up. It started as a remembrance of my mother and expanded out to include my family, my neighborhood, my elementary school, and my nervous stomach."
$250

 


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Vicious Circle #6
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2007. Edition of 100.

5" diameter; flexagon rotating ring format. Printed letterpress on a Vandercook SP15 in two colors. Printed in Courier on safety orange construction paper from the French Paper Company. Enclosed in a paper wrapper containing the operating instructions and colophon.

Emily Martin: "Each 'volume' consists of a leaf folded … to form a ring of three connected pyramids; continuous rotation of the ring reveals the text printed as single words on the sides of the pyramids."

Hint - Suggest - Demand. She is ignored. Then the circle begins anew. Hint - Suggest - Demand ...
$45


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Fly Away
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2005. Edition of 50.

7 x 6 " closed, triangular accordion book printed letterpress, inkjet and pochoir on Sakamoto paper. A nontraditional variation of the Japanese double leaved album with an attached hard cover wrapped in Moriki paper. Three texts viewed two ways, as the page turns or as a series of hills and valleys when standing. Pochoir and inkjet printed text on Sakamoto paper.

A new book from Emily Martin that muses on the sometime desire to flee one's life. The texts repeat over a yellow brick road, "There's no place like home", flight defined as running away, and the artist's 2001 essay on escape.
$250

 

 
   

Slices
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2004. Edition of 50.

4 x 8" A letterpress printed carousel book constructed of Moriki paper and Thai striped paper. The text is printed on each of the twelve cake slices. Hard cover of book covered in Moriki paper with embedded magnetic strips to form the circular cake structure.

An artist book produced in celebration of the artist's 50th birthday. Opening a pink doily lined cake box one finds a celebratory birthday book. The carousel book forms twelve slices of "cake" with each slice containing fifty words of text. A wonderful to celebrate one's "coming of age."
$175


   
   

The Family Game
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2003. Edition of 100.

5.5 x 8.5" six page pamphlet on Mohawk superfine paper. Attached cover of Emerald Canford paper. Archival inkjet printed. Contains a colorful pop-up presenting the playing board.

A game for all ages since everyone has a family of some kind. Subtitled "Lose just by playing."
$40 (Last Copy + 1 AP)

 


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Away
By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2001. Edition of 100.

3 x 4.25" closed; opens to 24". Accordion structure. Paper over board covers. Letterpress printed.

Ah, summertime is here whenever you open this book. The three Rs are Relaxation, Recreation, and Rejuvenation. The text explores both the pluses and minuses of "getting away from it all." In a reverie of detail, Martin invokes the double-edged lure of the primitive, the cabin by the lake where there is "Nothing to do that you have to do" and "Newspapers are for lighting fires." Yet, eventually, we won't be able stand it anymore, that "chance to do nothing for a week or maybe two, but . . . not a minute longer." The back spread of this two-sided accordion is a continuous image of lounging swimming fishing reading vacationers. . I can smell the marshmallows burning!
$50



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The House Detective, Abridged
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 1995. Edition of 10.

7 x 4.25 x 2" of a series of graduating house shapes with Xeroxes of intaglio prints on Japanese paper with cut up detective novels on foam core. Accordion bound using Japanese screen hinges.

An abridged edition of Martin's original The House Detective.
$100

   

A bookwork from Martin's "It Isn't Always Funny" series
   

How Can I Love You?
a romance in pieces

By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2000. Limited Edition.

4.25 x 5.5"; 33 pages. A color Xerox slice book. Card stock with a green plastic comb binding.

Emily Martin on her slice books: "I somewhat arbitrarily called them slice books, I think the form predated the Exquisite Corpse games, which did combine images but on intact pieces of paper. I had forgotten children's Mix and Match books, it certainly has weight as to the number of commercially printed books using that term for the form."

Color xerox images from one of her series of bookworks: "It Isn't Always Funny." Pages are divided in thirds, one image per third, for multiple viewing possibilities. No text.
$30 (Last two copies)

 


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Yes Please, No, No, Never
By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 1998. Edition of 25.

3.5 x 3.5 x 1.25" closed, extends to 21.5"; 12 pages. Text weight paper wrapped around binders board bound with plastic straps. Color photocopied illustrations of original watercolors. Laid in origami box. Instructions and colophon tipped on interior of lid. Paper title tipped on top of lid.

Illustrations of good and bad manners presented in Jacob's ladder format.

Instructions: "To operate your Jacob's ladder: Grasp the title panel along the sides with the thumb and forefinger of one hand. Lift so the Yes, Please panel faces you and the other panels hang freely. Tilt the Yes, Please panel forward to reveal the No, No, Never sequence. Tip the title panel backwards to return to Yes, Please."
$150


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Clues but no answers
By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2008. Edition of 25.

11 x 14"; 9 prints. Images letterpress printed using pressure printing, polymer plates, and a linoleum block. Texts letterpress printed from handset Baskerville and Broadway type. Paper: Mohawk Superfine. Contained in a black cloth-covered portfolio with black elastic band closure and paper title on front. Colophon printed on back pastedown.

Emily Martin: "A suite of nine prints organized as if casting a play, with three separate figures holding weapons of various kinds; three pairs kissing, dancing or toasting each other; three separate figures crying, sneaking or running; a crime scene body outline; and two different versions each of four different room settings. The title of the series is the same as the text included in each image, 'Clues but no answers.'

"These various characters and settings are layered on the prints in a variety of combinations. There are two constant features, the text is always the same and the body outline is always in the lower left corner. The words and the images work together to suggest an ambiguous narrative. There is a cumulative effect to viewing the different images and texts that suggests different meaning, or stories depending upon the setting and also depending upon the viewers themselves."
$600

 

 


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It Didn’t Just Happen
By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2008. Edition of 15.

9 x 6.5"; 12 pages. Accordion structure. Images letterpress printed using pressure printing, polymer plates, and a linoleum block. Text letterpress printed from handset Baskerville type. Paper: Mohawk Superfine. Paper case of Canford paper.

Emily Martin: "An accordion book of images with overprinted text lines, working together to suggest an ambiguous narrative. The images are organized as if casting a play, with three separate figures holding weapons of various kinds; three pairs kissing, dancing or toasting each other; three separate figures crying, sneaking or running; a crime scene body outline; and two versions each of four different room settings."

Text: "... there was no cause / but it didn't just happen "
$275

 


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Who, What, Where, When
By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2008. Edition of 25.

9 x 6.5"; 20 pages. Images letterpress printed using pressure printing, polymer plates, and a linoleum block. Texts letterpress printed from handset Baskerville type. Paper: Mohawk Superfine. Drum leaf binding with red cloth over boards and black over spine. Paper title label on spine.

Emily Martin: "A drum leaf bound book of words and images on facing pages, working together to suggest an ambiguous narrative. The images are organized as if casting a play, with three separate figures holding weapons of various kinds; three pairs kissing, dancing or toasting each other; three separate figures crying, sneaking or running; a crime scene body outline; and two versions each of four different room settings."

Text excerpt: "… there were clues / but no answers"
$325

 


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Naughty Dog Press Out of Print Title:
• Crime and Romance
• Eight Slices of Pie
• My Twelve Steps
• Peacock’s complaint
 
   

Crime and Romance
a book in parts

By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2000. Limited Edition.

5.5 x 8.5"; 36 pages. Black-and-white xerox slice book [slice book is Martin's own coinage, see below] with text and images. Card stock with a black plastic comb binding.

A book from Martin's "Eyes Were Watching" series. Each page is divided into thirds; each third holds an image or a connecting phrase (for example, "Suddenly it was revealed," "Later that same day"); images and phrases can be sequenced in a mix-and-match mode, giving multiple combinations and viewing scenarios. Much like an exquisite corpse structure.

Martin:"I somewhat arbitrarily called them slice books, I think the form predated the Exquisite Corpse games, which did combine images but on intact pieces of paper."
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Desdemona
In Her Own Words

extracted from Othello by William Shakespeare
and rearranged by Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2015.
Edition of 10 + 2 proofs.

19 x 13" cloth-covered clamshell box containing 6 portfolios with single sheets laid in plus two single leaves for title page and colophon. Handset type letterpress printed and additional printing using assorted foams and adhesive plates, wire, pressure printing, and collographs. Interior illustration sheets printed on Sakamoto lightweight paper. Title, colophon, folder papers are Arches Text Wove paper. End sheets are duplexed Bugra paper. Numbered and signed on the colophon by the artist.

Emily Martin: "Since 2011, I have been working with Shakespeare’s tragedies, reading and rereading the plays, distilling the themes. In this book I was exploring Othello with a particular interest in Desdemona and her appalling passivity. I extracted her dialog into individual words made into magnets and rearranged them to give her new lines to speak up for herself."

Emily Martin, colophon: "To this modern reader Desdemona is dismayingly passive. I isolated her lines and made a set of individual word magnets so I could arrange and rearrange her words to see what else she might say. While I cannot make her say some of the things I wish she would, I found that in the time I have spent with her words I developed a greater appreciation for the language of the play. The result is this very short play consisting of a prologue, five acts and a coda. Some of the lines are addressed specifically to Othello, Iago, or the supporting characters Emilia, Cassio, and Brabantio, who I have taken to thinking of as a combined chorus figure and two lines are addressed to the worlds at large. This book is the second of a series of works using my re-ordered lines for Desdemona. "
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In One Ear:
a three part story

By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: 1996. Limited Edition.

8.5 x 5"; 12 pages. Pop-up accordion book. Computer printed on commercial papers.

An event from childhood told from three points of view – that of the mother, the victim (Emily), and the sister (Carol) – set off by page placement and different colors of ink. The simplicity of the presentation is high contrast to the emotions and pain recounted.

Young children playing doctor, using the axel from a toy car to give each other shots. Dr. Carol gives patient Emily a shot in the ear, breaking (unintentionally) the patient’s ear drum and damaging two bones in her inner ear. Confusion erupts. The patient is so young (2½) that she doesn’t know who administered the shot. Johnny O, young neighbor scalawag, is blamed. This is the truth that injured Emily carries around about the resulting deafness. She recites the story on cue. Years later with much, much trepidation, Carol confesses to Emily. Emily: “Oh that’s all right Carol. It’s no big deal.”
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More Slices of Pie
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2008. Edition of 25.

9" diameter; 8 wedge shaped books. Inkjet printed on ivory 20 lb. text paper and cream Canson paper. Trimmed with wavy scissors. Typefaces: Century Gothic and Copperplate Gothic Bold. Wedges laid into aluminum pie pan, which is housed in clear plastic pie container with snap-on lid.

This bookwork is based upon an earlier work Eight Slices of Pie (2002). Eight slices of comfort food containing family stories, bits of advice, and recipes: "First bite, last crumb" (introduction and colophon); "The eating crow pie" (Pie Shake); "Grandma's pie crust" (Recipe); "Me, Martha & pie in the city" (Peach Pie); "Todd's special pie" (Banana pie); "Not flan pumpkin pie" (Pumpkin Pie); "Heaven on earth pie" (Chocolate Ambrosia Pie); and, "Camp Van Vac pie" (Wild Blueberry Pie).
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Mutually Exclusive
By Emily Martin.
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2002. Edition of 50.

A letterpress printed set of 5 magic wallets provoked by the events of 9/11 which address the cacophony of news reports, emotions analysis and opinions (expert and otherwise) that follow in the wake of any major news event. The righteous indignation and reciprocal intolerance, whitewashed by ideals from religion to political correctness, raise the question of personal belief. Using the magic wallet format, the books panels flip back and forth forming two opposing statements that reflect the slipperiness of forging a personal philosophy.

Each of the texts has three layers, the pairs of basic statements in large type and the 10 sets of words from the Pythagorean table of opposites printed in transparent ink. The wallets are contained in a Japanese box wrapper with bone clasps made by Rosa Guimarae. Printed with the assistance of interns during an artist's in residency at the Center for the Book Arts in New York City. Each Wallet is 6 inches by 4 inches.
(SOLD)

 

 

   
Not a Straight Line
By Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2011. Edition of 20.

2" x 2" x 8"; 268 pages. Letterpress printed on Rives BFK paper and stained with acrylic paint. Bound in covers made with moriki and University of Iowa flax paper. Each individual book is hinged together with walnut crackle paper from Cave paper. Comprised of 10 linked Coptic-bound books with one line of the text in each of the books. Housed in cream linen box with elastic closure.

Not a Straight Line commemorates the burning of the ancient booksellers' street in Baghdad in March 2007. It was created as part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Project, which was "A Call to Action for Letterpress Printers! To protest & commemorate the bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street, the centre of bookselling in Baghdad, on March 5th 2007." The project aims to re-assemble some of the inventory of the reading material that was lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street.One complete set of the books from this project will be donated to the Iraq National Library in Baghdad.

To read Not a Straight Line viewers must find their way along the linked books that turn this way and that, much as a meandering street would.
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The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
Excerpts from the play by William Shakespeare
Iowa City, Iowa: Naughty Dog Press, 2012. Edition of 9 + 1 AP.

10.75 x 10.75 x 1"; 20 pages. Carousel structure. The text was letterpress printed onto Mohawk Superfine 100 lb Text paper. The images were made with an ink transfer monoprinting technique. The covers are printed on a handmade flax, abaca, and linen paper from papermaker Mary Hark. The book is enclosed in a clamshell box covered with Japanese book cloth with title on spine.

Emily Martin, Colophon: "I made this book in response to the call for entries from the Bodleian Libraries and Designer Bookbinders for an international designer bookbinding competition in 2013. I have never made a designer bookbinding and I didn’t intend to start now but I entered this competition based on two things. First I heard Richard Ovenden speak at the 2011 Codex meeting and he emphasized that they wanted artists’ books for this competition. And second there was a pop-up in the call publication.

"I selected the excerpts after reading the play a number of times, one line of dialogue to represent the story being told in each of the five acts. I had not remembered the chorus from previous readings and I have chosen to emphasize the timelessness of the play through repetition of the chorus and insertion of modern equivalents for Verona. I have also added a commentary of my own beneath the repeated chorus.

"This carousel book uses a format that I devised to allow for scenes and separate text panels. The spine tabbing, also of my devising, functions both to hold the book together and to balance the thickness at the fore-edge."

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