ravenpress ~ Colorado
(Alicia Bailey)

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Alicia Bailey: “I use various printmaking techniques such as intaglio, relief printing, silkscreen, woodblock/cut, solvent transfers and monoprinting in my books. Materials range from the norms of bound books (book board, paper, cloth, leather, thread) to less typical materials such as glass, wood, ceramic and various plastics.”
   

Erotica/love books by Bailey
One-of-a-kind miniatures by Alicia Bailey

 
   
Extinct Extant
By Alicia Bailey
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2013. Edition of 18 + 2 SP.

4.5 x 5.5”; 8 envelope leaves with information cards slipped in. Enhanced accordion binding structure designed by Hedi Kyle with paper cover title page and paper cover end paper. Materials: Zander’s Elephant Hide paper (100gms); Epson Exhibition Watercolor paper, Neenah UltraII laserprinting paper, Perma/Dur 36# paper, 2 mm Coroplast, Verona book cloth, book board, vintage brown kraft photo envelopes, digital and solid color prints, black ink. Bird photographs printed digitally on an Epson inkjet printer with UltraChrome inks. Solid ink color prints. Handprinted envelopes. Laser etched labels and spine text. Housed in single tray drop spine box (6.125 x 5.25 x 1.5"). Signed and numbered by the artist on the colophon in the box and on the last page of the book.

Alicia Bailey: "In 2011, I made photographs of extinct bird skins held in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. I photographed seven bird species (Bachman’s Warbler, Carolina Parakeet, Dusky Seaside Sparrow, Eskimo Curlew, Heath Hen, Ivory Billed Woodpecker, and the Passenger Pigeon) for this project. I have found great pleasure in reading different accounts, ranging from essays to encyclopedic style entries, about species of extinct birds. The continued existence of these birds in the form of skins, specimens, and eggs at museums worldwide is evidence of our impulse to preserve.

"Provided for each of seven extinct (or believed to be extinct) bird species are a photograph of skins held in the collection of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Zoology Department, a brief synopsis of their existence, attributes, and habits, a map of their geographical range, a reproduction of a painting of the species by either John James Audubon or Mark Catesby, their scientific classification, binomial name, conservation status, the etymology of the bird’s common name, and a listing of the species’ collective nouns."

$450

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Euxoa Auxiliaris
By Alicia Bailey
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2012. Edition of 12 + AP.

Book: 4 x 3.65 x 3"; 10 pages. Rigid pages bound with a cloth strap across the spine. Bound in wood covers. Pages constructed of wood, book board, and laser-cut-and-etched paste papers laminated to museum board. Laserprint text. Specimens encased in epoxy casting resin and mica. Page edges wrapped with handpainted Bugra papers. Covers laser-etched wengewood with surface-applied wax and pigment. End pages laser-etched double-sided unryu papers. Spine lining Bugra with surface-applied wax and pigment. Straps are paper backed cloth held in place with brass nails. Laid in box.

Box: 4.5 x 3.75 x 4.75". Laser-etched book board with surface-applied shellac, wax, and pigment. Corners and base are wrapped with paper-backed book cloth. Removable box lid with built in magnifying glass. Text on sides handwritten. Colophon tipped in bottom of box interior. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Alicia Bailey: "This book was begun during a summer when my studio was overrun with those plain brown moths we always called miller moths. One morning I found a moth floating on the top of an open glue pot; that beautiful moth reminded me that even the peskiest of critters have their engaging moments. Inspired, I began to draw, then did a bit of research, then figured out ways to present moth snippets and specimens in book form. I wrote the text, recruited friends to gather specimens, and designed the book and box. One of my favorite features is the detachable lid with magnifying lens built in, so one can roam around and examine other pesky critters more closely."
$700


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Shedding
By Alicia Bailey
Lake City, Colorado: Alicia Bailey, 2010. Edition of 21.

4.5 x 5 x 1.5"; 24 pages.

Alicia Bailey: "Construction - Pages are laser etched Arches cream rag paper, which has been laminated to Unryu paper, then bound in a board book structure. The page insets are laserprinted on mylar over archival inkjet images. Specimen labels laserprinted on text weight cotton paper that is then overpainted with methylcellulose. Book covers are laser etched deerhide, museum board, archival corrugated board, Japanese tissue, with goatskin leather spine. Inset into the cover is a glass mounted slide with selected specimen sandwiched in between the glass. Cover label is laserprinted on text weight cotton paper overpainted with acrylic.

"Concept - This book is about specimen collection and presentation, combined with journal type entries about the specimens presented (in this case, things shed by my body). Each day for 21 days I rescued something my body was shedding ( an eyelash off my cheek for example) or helped something detach from my body (a plucked hair). The specimen was scanned at a magnification of 500%, the scans then printed via inkjet and placed behind window cutouts, as in a photo album. The cover of each book holds one of the specimens, sandwiched in between glass, for a variable edition of 21 copies."


Specimens available include leg hair, blood drop, eyelash, ear wax.
$540

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Theia Mania
By Alicia Bailey
Aurora, Colorado: ravenpress, 2010. Edition of 36.

6.75 x 5.25 x 1" tin container with snap lid holds 3 books, sachet, and audio CD. Colophon tipped in interior lids of container. Stiff decorative 2" cloth band slips on tin as decorative closure mechanism.

Madness of the Gods: 4.9 x 4.9"; 16 pages. Bound with tinted tyvek using woven binding based on a Claire van Vliet structure. Pastepaper pastedowns. Illustrated paper boards.

Potions: 1 x 3.75"; 10 pages. Piano hinge binding using metal hinges. Illustrated paper boards.

Contributors: 1.12" diameter circular book; 22 pages. Accordion structure. Ribbon spine. Laid in round aluminum tin with clear lid. Title printed on lid.

Theia Mania CD produced by Alicia Bailey & Scott Waknin, AMP A/V Studio: 4.6" round with printed illustrated label. Housed in matching illustrated 5" square envelope.

Sachet of Herbs: 1 x 3.5" clear plastic envelope; herb seeds. Illustrated sticky closure. Instruction sheet laid in. Text visible through enclosure.

Printing techniques: laser etching, color laser print, color inkjet print, black and white laser print, laserprinted metal foil, and relief printing.

Alicia Bailey, introduction: "This project is the result of an intermingling of stories told by those who have been struck by a sensation of instant connection with another. In the classical world such pricks from a dart of Eros were called Theia Mania (madness of the gods).

"Heidi Zednik and I began by collecting audio version of stories told by those willing to participate in the project. We recorded 12 such stories and these are the basis for both the text and audio portions of this piece. Two of the stories I wished to include could not be told by their subjects, so I wrote my own versions, presented as oral presentations on the CD."


$540


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Green is the Vein
Text by Barry Dempster
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2002. Edition of 5.

5.25 x 5.75 x .5"; 20 pages. Hand printed sheets, bound in drum leaf style, with transfer text and hand-applied color, plus two pastepaper endsheets. Page edges have been painted with bright green acrylic ink. The spine is goat with a leaf pattern embossed from one of the linocuts used in the text block. The two-layer covers have an underboard leafed with variegated metal, which is exposed by the top board cutaway. Top board debossed.

A song of erotic celebration.

Alicia Bailey: "The text is extracted from Barry Dempster's piece 'Green is the Vein...' published in the collection 'Letters from a Long Illness with the World: The D.H. Lawrence Poems' "
$400


   
 

Anguine
By Alicia Bailey
2001. Edition of 14.

4.5 x 5.5" slotted zig zag book. Housed in 6.5 x 5.5 x 1" box. With color monoprint images and laser transfer text on Rives lightweight buff paper. Page backs are hand painted and stenciled. The covers are snakeskin overlaid with hand-tinted sharkskin paper. The box is leather-spined with hand-painted cloth covers and a hand-painted, recessed label on the front cover.

Alicia Bailey: “A dream or perhaps a fantasy about waking with a snake under a starlit desert sky, this book describes a titillating experience in the Southwest canyon country.”
$400

 

 
   

January
By Frances Horowitz
2001. Edition of 25.

3 x 2.875"; 7 pages (one side). A miniature accordian book. Intaglio printed with transfer text on Rives lightweight buff paper. Gold & silver flecked Unryu cover with hand-painted title.

A ravenpress miniature series book celebrating the seasons and months. The poem by Frances Horowitz is from her Collected Poems (Bloodaxe Books, Ltd, 1985).
$80

 


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October
Poem by Susanna Roxman
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2001. Edition of 29.

2.5 x 1.75"; 28 pages. Each page illustrated. Book cover: birds nest paper, book cloth, handwritten spine, ribbon. Text pages: color copy on Mohawk superfine text with handpainted/stamping on backside. Housed in circular lidded box covered with pastepaper. Lid with glass/metal bead sculpture.

ravenpress: "This pairing of Susanna Roxman's poem 'October' with the paintings of Alicia Bailey compares the bleakness and chill of autumn landscape and the pervasive sense that autumn prophesies a period of decline alongside the awareness that this decline into dormancy heralds a period of renewed vigor and growth in the spring."
$60


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Tongue Tied
By Patricia Beers
1999. Edition of 25.

2.5 x 3.75 x 4"; six panels. Text is laser print on lace paper. Artist's photographs are inkjet printed on sumi paper. The two-sided accordian book is hinge-bound with 16 penny nails and housed in a nailmesh and wood structure.

Alicia Bailey: "The poem by Patricia Beers describes the almost unbearable results of a lifetime of keeping silent. Please handle carefully, could cause injury or pain. The artist's photographs allude to bondage and repression. Object and text initially hidden by the photographs are revealed as the reader interacts with this book."

I WAS BORN
TONGUE-TIED
AGES LATER
HERE
COMES
ONCE
MORE
THE
SUFFOCATOR

$140

 

 


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Jump
Text by Annie Dillard, Aubri Keleman, and Heidi Zednik
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 1998. Edition of 25.

8.5 x 8.5" closed; 8.5 x 25.5" extended; 22 leaves. French door construction. Bound with three brass rings on each side. Images and text: black-and-white and color copies on transparent stock, color inkjet on Arches 90 lb. rough watercolor, 90 lb. cover and transparency, laserprint on a variety of text weight papers. Hand painted Arches cover. Cover: momi wrapped museum board with Canson endpapers. Endpapers: hand applied enamel and stampings. Title on cover: black and white xerox transfer. Black velcro closures.

Excerpts from Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Aubri Keleman's "Someone Has Made a Mistake These Women Are Fish," and Heidi Zednik's "Skinning Blue."

An inventive examination of gravity, both physical and metaphorical. French door books are sometimes irritating because of the need to rebuild the sequence. Jump more than repays the effort.
$125

 


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Beach House
By Judith Vollmer
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 1997. Edition of 12.

3 x 3 x 1" closed; 3 x 3 x 6" opened. Four-panel mixed media construction. Niches in two panels for brass charms. One panel with cutout for displays of a wire-wrapped clay tile in the shape of a house. Twine closure. Numbered.

Alicia Bailey: "The short excerpt from the poem, 'Motel, on the Anniversary of the Death of John Belushi' poignantly describes a life force as seemingly contained, yet vast beyond imagining."

Poem from the collection Level Green by Judith Vollmer.

... If a life is small as this room. it's also loud as a seascape crashing or breaking or winding up even in miniature and all alone

$60


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Mexico Stories
By Carolyn Hull
1997. Edition of 100.

5.75 x 4"; 24 pages. Bound in a dos-a-dos-a-dos pamphlet stitched wraparound cover. Cover 130 lb. cotton watercolor paper with hand applied acrylic patterning and tipped in cover illustration and title. Text and title page illustrations laserprinted on 80 lb. Howard Mill crushed leaf paper. Illustrations color inkjet on mulberry paper tipped in. Decorative page elements hand stamped. With dyed cotton string and coconut beads wrap for closing.

Carolyn Hull: "I had the privilege of working with Clark Blaise at the Latin American Writers' Workshop in January 96. These stories come from that magic and surreal time. My own heritage growing up along the El Paso/Juarez border is similar to these stories. To quote Robert Bly, my soul is here for its own joy. I am here to interpret one dimension for another."
$35

 

   

Erotica and love subject books by Alisa Bailey
   

Burning Me Open
By Alicia Bailey
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2011. Edition of 18.

5 x 3 x 2.75" closed, opens to 6.25" circle; 9 leaves. Laser cut and etched images. Bound in purple heart wood boards. Copper leaf title label on front board.

Alicia Bailey, Prospectus: "Concept: This book takes the text and imagery from a 2009 artists' book of the same title. I wrote the original text; the original illustrations were oil-paintings, re-created as line illustrations for this project.

"The book pages are transparent, and thus allow sections of several pages to be viewed at once. The pages are rigid and thick, designed to display well both flat and upright. When displayed upright, lighting can be adjusted for increased interplay between the line illustrations and the shadows they cast.

"Construction: The rigid pages that make up the text block are constructed of 3 layers; the middle layer is of shaped copper leaf, the outer two layers are laser cut and etched cast acrylic (3/32 thick). This creates pages that are 3/16 inch thick, their edges are sealed with copper tape. The covers are sanded and waxed purple heart wood, planed to 3/8 inch thick. The recessed title label is laser printed copper leaf mounted on museum board. One of the book illustrations is repeated on the front cover via laser cutting. The book is coptic sewn across the spine with dyed and waxed 4 ply linen thread. I don't often weigh my books but this book, modest though it is in size has a nice heft and weighs 1 ½ pounds."

there is one who touches me so it burns
my hands open
at their feeling of
the length of me

$540


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Box of Eros
By Alicia Bailey, Jocelyn Esch, Steve Gordon, Paul Guitterez, Kim Harrell, Carson Reed, Susan Vaho, and Heidi Zednik
Denver, Colorado: ravenpress, 2008. Open Edition.

3.125 x 3.125 x 4.5" closed; initial opening 12 x 12". Four books: 2.5 x 4" each; 12 pages each. Drop down box design with lid. Box covered in handprinted bookcloth. Images and text inkjet printed with archival ink on rag paper. The four small books are secured with ribbon-and-button tie closure. Artwork by Heidi Zednik. Designed and produced by Alicia Bailey.

Each box wall is the back cover for a small book of erotic haiku and paintings commissioned for this project. The four books are titled Clamant; Rapturous; Exigency; and Amative.

braille shared language
your touch giving me goosebumps
thanks for the message
                            Alicia Bailey

$380


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alphabet of desire
By Heidi Zednick
2006. Edition of 26.

6.75 x 6.75"; 26 pages. Over the edition, the layout of the book is consistent yet each print is unique. Text laserprinted on Arches watercolor paper. All images painted on an open screen with water based acrylic inks, then hand pulled for each of the four colors, allowing artistic variation within the edition. Bound drum leaf style. Spine is goat skin and Moriki hand embossed with letters of the alphabet. Covers are mono screenprinted with embossed alphabet on Rives BFK. Cover board edges wrapped with Moriki, endpapers handmade by Katie MacGregor, page edges treated with blue pigmented wax. Label is foil printed Goatskin.

This book is an extended love poem in the form of an abecedary. The illustrations are abstract expressions of the text. The text not only chronicles the celebration of a relationship but expresses a wish to not forget and to remain attentive to love.

a
at what moment
did I recognize
did I remember you?

$1200 (Deluxe version)

 

 

 


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alphabet of desire
By Heidi Zednick
2006. Edition of 100.

2.75 x 2.75"; 26 pages. Archival inkjet prints with laser printing on #35 white paper in a flat-back case binding. Covers are of handmade paper made by Ray Tommaso. Endsheets are handmade paper by Katie McGregor. Title is foil stamped on cover.

Alicia Bailey:"alphabet of desire' is an extended love poem in the form of an abecedary. The illustrations are abstract expressions of the text. The text not only chronicles the celebration of a relationship but expresses a wish to not forget and to remain attentive to love."

$75 (Miniature version)


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Perfumed Garden
By Alicia Bailey
Colorado: 2001. Edition of 25.

1.5 x 2 x 3" box with book. Color laserprint on Mohawk Superfine papers. Bound drum leaf style. Housed in a carved soapstone box.

Drawing from the 16th-century Arab love manual The Perfumed Garden by Sheikh Nefzawi, “likely the most famous of the Arab love manuals. This book is based on … the eleven basic lovemaking postures.”

“Praise be given to Allah who has placed man’s greatest pleasure in the natural parts of woman and had destined the natural parts of man to afford the greatest enjoyment to woman.”
$110

 

   
   

Tanka Box
By Alicia Bailey
Colorado: ravenpress, 2001. Open Edition.

3 x 3 x 3" lidded box structure. When the lid is removed, each side folds out revealing a book. The pages are printed by color laser on Mohawk Superfine text. Box exterior hand stamped.

Tanka, a Japanese poetic form over 1300 years old, is a longer form than the more familiar haiku, thus allowing for more complex development. Originally tankas expressed private emotions between lovers and friends. Each wall of this Tanka Box is a book with poems and watercolor paintings by Alicia Bailey.
$75


   
   

There Are Names for Those Acts We Long to Perform
By Alicia Bailey
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, c2001. Edition of 25.

1.75 x 2.5 x 1" closed, extends to 9". Miniature. Modified double-sided accordion hinged with tyvek. Color laserprint from original watercolors on pastepaper and color lasercopy on Mohawk Superfine text. Materials: acrylic tinted tyvek, paste & marbled papers. Housed in brass and wood box with hinged lid and ribbon lift. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Alicia Bailey: "Based on the traditional instructional pillow books given couples on their wedding night, this two-sided accordion contains 6 sexually explicit watercolors paired with 6 physical and spiritual descriptions of the 'embraces of love' taken from ancient Asian texts."
$110


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Seven Deadly Sins
By Jane Q. Spears
1999. Edition of 25.

2.75 x 2.25"; 30 pages. Modified board binding with open spine. Seven tip-ins. Inkjet, laser printing and laserfoil on Arches hot-press and translucent stock. In 3.1 x 2.75" box with ribbon lift out.

ravenpress: "The concept of vices that are fundamental to all sins has existed throughout the history of Christian theology. Pope Gregory the Great (c. 600 AD) was the first to formulate the seven deadly sins more or less as we know them today. Rich with opportunity for expression, this book combines a contemporary poem of the same title by Jane Q. Spears with images and text from a 12th-century Latin bestiary and watercolor illustrations by the artist."

Lust
Hrycus the Goat is a lascivious and butting animal who is always burning for coition....
                                                                   [Bestiary]

Everything I see
is like this temple orange,
all its unveiled
intricacies,
pulp and juice
and fragrant meshes,
gasping spores as
rind is ripped away.
                                               [Spears]

$140 (Five copies remaining)

 

 


   
   

Hunting the Burn
By Carolyn Hull
1998. Edition of 20.

2.375 x 2.25"; ten panels; a two-sided leporello with removable spines which allow it to function both as a codex and as an accordian. One side is an inkjet print of a painting by Alicia Bailey, the other side contains the poem. The 3 x 3 " box is wax covered papier-mâché with a hemp wrapped bullet on the lid, smooth black stones, and feathers inside. Presentation total size 3 x 3 x 4".

Alicia Bailey: "Poet Carolyn Hull is not the first to explore the similarities between the moment of firing a gun at a live target and the moment of orgasm, but her poem Hunting the Burn moves beyond this simple comparison to explore a variety of experiences."
$110

   

One-of-a-kind miniatures designed and produced by Alicia Bailey
 

No Worry
By Cole Swensen
Denver, Colorado: ravenpress, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

3 x 3 x .75"; 18 pages. Transfer printed onto cyanotype pages. Surface applied color. Board book style with exposed spine. Page edges tinted with metallic pigment. Bound in boards with layers of leather applied in the Lacunose style developed by UK binder Paul Delrue [see below]. Book design and production by Alicia Bailey.

Paul Delrue, from his website: "[Lacunose] is a technique developed by Paul .... The effect is created by building up a collage of different coloured leathers, pared very thinly, and then sanding the leather so that the different colours start to appear through each other. The results can be surprising and unexpected and can create stunning effects."

Text from Cole Swensen's collection New Math (William Morrow & Co., New York, 1988) which won the National Poetry Series for 1987.

... Worry about beauty.
          It can sell you anything. ...

$150

 

 


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The Water of the Flesh
By Cole Swensen
Denver, Colorado: ravenpress, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

3 x 3 x .5"; 16 pages. Cyanotype prints on Rives BFK paper. Laserprint transfer text. Page edges tinted with yellow pigment. End sheets cyanotype on Rives BFK. Bound in board covered with cyanotype printed fabric. Front cover label laser transfer on leather. Spine covered in leather, the edges of which have been tinted with dark blue pigment. Book design and production by Alicia Bailey.

The text is an excerpt from Noli Me Tangere from the collection Try (1999), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Swensen, awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship, is the author of over ten collections of poetry.

... To recognize the rest
          the line between flesh
      and everything flesh
              grew lonely ...

$150

 


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Woven
By Cole Swensen
Denver, Colorado: ravenpress, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

3 x 3 x .5"; 16 pages. Cyanotype prints on Rives BFK paper with hand and machine stitching. Laserprint transfer text. Page edges tinted with yellow pigment. End sheets linocuts on Rives BFK. Bound in board covered with handprinted and painted fabric. Spine covered in embossed yellow leather, the edges of which have been tinted with dark blue pigment. Paper title label on front board. Book design and production by Alicia Bailey.

The text is from the collection Try (1999), which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. Swensen, awarded a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship, is the author of over ten collections of poetry.

Strove the uncommon
    unto custom
        Thriving seemed
              and then arrived
                    as the thread pulled
                           and the needle screamed

                                                                   friend ....

$150

 

 


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Out of print / SOLD titles by Alicia Bailey:  
   

Ab
By Aleka Keleman
2000. Edition of 12.

4.625 x 3"; 32 pages. This small book is bound in millimeter style with a maroon leather spine and Pamela Smith hand marbled papers on the covers. The title label is gold laserfoil printed on the same marbled paper and inset. Each of the 32 pages is hand painted with inks on Sumi paper. Text is laserprinted. Title page is heat embossed Gocco print with hand painting on Nideggan paper. The wraparound case is of burgundy book cloth and lined with Smith marbled paper with a complementary pattern to book's cover. The case cover is Gocco printed in gold. Illustrations and book design by Alicia Bailey.

Ab means, in Aramaic, “the breath of life.” The text of this book includes descriptions of the physiological workings of the circulatory system and Aubri Aleka Keleman's poem "Suggestions for Improving the Heart and Its Workings."
(SOLD/Out of Print)

 


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Campfire Cookery
By Alicia Bailey
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2013. Edition of 5.

5.25 x 4.5"; Panorama Landscape structure with six panels extending form the base of enclosure. Materials: tag board, elephant hide covers stock, bond paper with surface applied color and laser printing, photographs, book board, Lokta paper, and book cloth. Bound in rigid wrap-around cover forming box-like container. Quarter cloth with paper covered boards. Title label tipped on front cover and on spine. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Alicia Bailey: “This book presents a selection of photographs, food tips, and recipes from the archive of Ruth Wheeler tipped into Hedi Kyle’s Panorama Landscape structure. ... Text from Book of the Camp Fire Girls, 1958 edition, published by Camp Fire Girls, Inc. Text and illustrations from Camp Fire Cookery for Camp Fire Girls published by the Kellogg Company (publication date unknown). Photographs scanned from originals taken by Ruth Wheeler during the years 1944-1950."
(SOLD/Out of Print)

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Crystalline Flower
excerpt text by Pablo Neruda
translation by James Nolan
Aurora, Colorado: ravenpress, 2010. Edition of 18.

3 x 2.5"; 12 pages. Miniature. Housed in 2.625 x 2" cloth covered box.

Prospectus: "Text is etched onto thin sheets of mica that are backed by reproductions of Zednik's painting. Bound in an exposed spin, rigid board style that utilizes tinted tyvek hinges.

"The book covers are board covered with a commercial Wyndstone paper. Each book has a mica washer and copper bead affixed to the cover. Housed in a tray box lined with Japanese Tarei paper. The outside of the box is a rich brown Japanese cloth with an inset label of etched mica."


Pairs the words of Pablo Neruda's "XII" from Stones of the Sky (2008) with images painted by Heidi Zednik.

I want the light
located inside
to awaken
crystalline flower ...

(SOLD/Out of Print)


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Haiku Box
Design by Alicia Bailey
1997. Open Edition.

3 x 3 x 3". Text laserprinted on textweight paste paper. Lid adorned with beads. Box hand-stamped and embossed. Each side of the box folds out to reveal text.

Traditional Haiku poetry refers to the rhythms of the natural world, quite often making explicit reference to the four seasons. Each wall of this box has a small book with Haiku poems for each season. The haikus were collected from several writers.

ark summer lake
with but one rower
                               unlit cabins

                                     ~Mary Acosta

(SOLD)

 

 

   

Lipstips
By Alicia Bailey
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2001. Edition of 35.

Lipstick tube housing slit scroll book. Pages open by twisting the base of the lipstick tube. Pages lift and spread out. Laid into a 3.5 x 1 x .75" cloth-covered box coated in red wax with snap closure. Mirror attached to interior lid.

Alicia Bailey: "Carole Jackson wrote in her book Color Me Beautiful that 'the discovery of lipstick as a teenage girl changed my life.'

"This slit scroll book, housed in a lipstick tube, includes dozens of observations about the history, manufacture and general qualities of lipstick. The cloth covered box housing the tube is coated on the outside with red wax. A mirror inside the box has Jackson's words handwritten in red."
(SOLD/Out of Print)


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The Raven and the Peacock
Text from writings of Peter Goodchild
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 1998. Edition of 38.

1.75 x 1.25"; 26 pages. Accordion style with fixed covers. Four
black-and-white illustrations. The text and four illustrations are
laserprinted on paste-paper, laminated to an iridescent paper from Taiwan. Covers are museum board and Aqualine hand-marbled paper. The box is covered in a matching Aqualine paper with brass feather and glass bead ornament.

Text from Raven Tales: Traditional Stories of Native Peoples by Peter
Goodchild.

Alicia Bailey: "Why is the peacock so brilliantly colored and the raven pure black? This hexagonal accordion style book tells the tale (based on a
traditional Native American story)."

(SOLD/Out of Print)


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Safe as Houses
Text by Betty Adcock
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2000. Edition of 6.

15 x 6 x 1"; 18 pages. Nine double-spread illustrations, color copied onto Mohawk superfine text. Housed in an arch-shaped lidded wooden box. Hinged lid designed as door. Bound in board style with exposed spine.

ravenpress: "Extracts from the poem 'To Sylvia, Grown Daughter.' This book pairs portions of the poem with 9 paintings by Alicia Bailey. Adcock's writing describes the 'house of your first name' and details points of access to that house (ordinary love, fury, or any dying)."

Betty Adcock is the author of five books of poems from LSU Press. She was a Guggenheim Fellow for 2002-2003 Adcock has twice been a Pushcart Prizewinner, and has won North Carolina's Governor's Medal for Literature, and the Texas Institute of Letters Prize.
(SOLD/Out of Print)


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Stone to Star
By Alicia Bailey
Aurora, Colorado: ravenpress, 2014. Edition of 12.

9.25 x 3.8 x 1.8" box with removable transparent lid and two strap closure with magnets. Signed and numbered by the artist in bottom of box. Contains accordion bound eight panel visual book and case-bound pamphlet stitch booklet. Materials: laser etched cast acrylic, silver and aluminum leaf, PMA, gold core monofilament, book board, bookcloth (some handprinted with silver ink from plexiglass plate), Envirotex text weight paper, laserprinting with surface applied methylcellulose and pigment, black 100% rag HMP from Interocean Curiosity Studio (Ray Tomasso), steel, magnets.

Alicia Bailey: "This book pairs an extract from Rilke’s poem Sunset … with a visual presentation of seven phases of transmutation and transformation (the Magnum Opus) as practiced by alchemists beginning in 400 BC. Eight transparent acrylic panels are laser etched with applied silver leaf. Bound accordion style and presented in a custom box with double layer cast acrylic lid. Accompanied by a case-bound pamphlet stitch booklet that includes the text of The Emerald Tablet, a brief history of alchemy as a science, a philosophy, and a theology and discussion of the seven processes depicted in the acrylic panels."

The Sunset excerpt is etched on box lid: One moment your life is a stone in you, and the next a star. The seven processes depicted on panels and described in accompanying booklet are Circulatorium, Caput Corvi, Rebus Nigredo, Separatio, Coniunctio, Cibation, and Arbor Philosophica.
(SOLD)

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A Tree Within
poem by Octavio Paz
translation by Eliot Weinberger
Aurora, Colorado: ravenpress, 2010. Edition of 26.

3 x 2.375 x 1"; 10 panels. Two-layered miniature accordion book, the text on delicate semi-transparent paper, the images on heavier paper beneath.

Prospectus: "The back (image) pages are hand printed (intaglio/woodcut/linocut, pochoir) on Rives Lightweight. The front (text) pages are walnut dyed unryu with laserprint transfer text. The endpapers are Pamela Smith handmarbled papers. The covers are Wenge wood with a gilded composition leaf design. The cover edges are also gilded. The title label is metal foil laserprinted and recessed into the wood. Housed in a box with a basswood-sided tray, paper lined, the outside covered with book cloth."

A tree grew inside my head.
A tree grew in.
Its roots are veins, its branches nerves,
thoughts its tangled foliage.
Your glance sets it on fire,
and its fruit of shade are blood oranges
& pomegranates of flame.
Day breaks in the body's night.
There within, inside my head, the tree speaks,
come closer - can you hear it?

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Wildflower Identification
By Alicia Bailey
Lake City, Colorado: ravenpress, 2013. Edition of 9 variants.

2 x 3.75”; 14 pages. Bound in a variation of Hedi Kyle’s Blizzard Book. Materials: Batik paper, photographs, Arches Text Wove paper, metal foil, laminated seed and flower specimens, Nepalese Lokta paper, and vegetable-tanned goatskin. Laser printed with 10 point Bristol type and applied surface pigment. Leather-wrapped covers with an exposed spine. Paper and metal foil title label recessed into front cover. Signed and numbered on the title card by the artist. Laid in cloth covered drop-spine tray box. Box numbered.

Alicia Bailey: "Wildflower Identification is a limited edition book work created from original texts, photographs, and plant material from Ruth Wheeler’s archive. Envelopes created by using Hedi Kyle’s Blizzard book binding style hold 2.5 x 3 inch cards, photographs, or laminated specimens. The cards are hand-written notes for activities designed to teach small groups about flowers and their identification. The photographs, taken in 1948 by Ruth Wheeler, are of young women participating in these activities. Also included in each copy is a selection from [Chester] Reed’s book [Flower Guide, 1916]. The selection and specimens vary from copy to copy, making this a variable edition. Text is from the handwritten notes of Ruth Wheeler. Photographs scanned from 1948 originals taken by Ruth Wheeler. Color reproductions from Flower Guide published in 1916 by Chester A. Reed.”
(SOLD/Out of Print)

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