Petra Press ~ Wisconsin

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Narrow Escapes
By David and Petra Press
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Protect Me From Maniacs Press, 2013/2014. Edition of 25.

8 pamphlets 5.5 x 8.5" (16 to 24 pages each). Photocopy. Staple binding. Closure band of tyvek and Velcro strap.

A 'zine collaboration of husband and wife, David and Petra Press, with narrative by David and artwork by Petra.

David Press, Language Liberation Front: "Petra Press and I have self-published a collaborative collection of 'zines. Each publishes one of my micro-novels with Petra's digital designs overprinting the text. The titles of this 'zine collection are The Coroner's Report on Captain Video, Miriam Awakes, In the Dominican with Satchel Paige, Scar Tissue, and postcards from the hecatomb, [Consequences of the Total Lunar Eclipse, West End Blues, and Narrow Escapes]."

David Press, smashwords: "As a mild mannered reporter, David Press lives in Milwaukee where he has taught, run an educational publishing company, sold battery-operated Santa Clauses, and authored six young-adult nonfiction books on abolitionists, music, and sports. … Press lives with his wife, Petra, an art teacher, print maker, and book artist whose works are exhibited nationally. They sometimes collaborate on unique word/design projects."

Petra Press as well as being a book artist is also a published author of children's books and young adult literature.

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By Petra Press
2005. Edition of 20.

9 x 9 x 8" opened and displayed as a sculpture in the round. Double accordion fold book. Found and collaged images. Inkjet printed.

“I want a Prenup” – and why you should.



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China Now
By Petra Press
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Petra Press, n.d. One-of-a-Kind.

7.75 x 7.75"; 12 pages. Oriental cloth cover with silk tie closure. Star-carousel book with monoprint, found fabric, paper, and images.

Petra Press: "I used old books and fabric and posters that I found in a flea market on a trip to Beijing. I used these to express how the Chinese are constantly deconstructing and reconstructing their ancient and spiritual culture."




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Don't Look Back (Something May Be Gaining on You)

By Petra Press
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Petra Press, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

4 x 6 x 1.75"; 14 pages. Board book of balsa wood, wax, chicken bones, and human hair. Transfer prints. Found images.

Colophon: "A book of spells to invoke magic spirits, inspired by Goetia (The Lesser Key of Solomon the King) and other magical totems."

Petra Press: "This 'Halloween' Book of Spells is based loosely on old invocations and images from the Grimoires, an ancient book of demonic magic."



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