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Windowpane Press ~ Washington
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Guild of Bookworkers: “For Bonnie Thompson Norman books are a passion as well as a profession. She has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press, a letterpress printing and book arts studio, for over twenty years. She works full-time as a hand bookbinder in a commercial bindery. Evenings and weekends, she teaches classes in printing and bookmaking. Her studio has many things found in a traditional print shop and bindery, such as a variety of printing presses, hundreds of cases of type, a guillotine paper cutter, a Jacques board shear and, not the least, a wonderful library. Participants learn how to set type one letter at a time and hand feed pages into a press, or they learn the craft of binding a book by hand, or creating artist’s books. These opportunities and pleasures, not diminished or replaced by the convenience and miracle of the computer age, celebrate the venerable crafts of letterpress printing and bookmaking in a manner both accessible and relevant today.”
   
Ballot BOX
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle, Washington: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2014. Not stated.

5 x 5" closed, opens to 5" cube; six double-sided panels. Letterpress printed. Panels connect with thread through three holes to form flexible page binding. Laid in a four-flap fold-over wrapper with Velcro closure.

Bonnie Thompson Norman: "It may come as a surprise to learn the right to vote is not explicitly stated nor provided for in the United States Constitution. Rather, this right has been shaped by Amendments, Congressional legislation, judicial review, and requirements and restrictions enacted by the States.

"For me, voting is a fundamental and cherished expression of patriotism and democracy. By casting my vote, I am connected to the principals of Government of the People, by the People and for the People.

"However, laws and regulations regarding voting rights are becoming more restrictive and onerous.
Ballot BOX, a literal and symbolic representation of a right which should be available to all Americans but which is being threatened and eroded, contains a riddle and quotes from historical and literary figures on the subject of voting. Most importantly, it includes general information on voter eligibility and registering to vote. I hope Ballot BOX will both inform and inspire people to do just that."
$150 (5 copies available)
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Remember
People of Al-Mutanabbi Street

By Bonnie Thompson Norman and Jill Alden Littlewood
United States of America [Seattle, Washington]: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2013. Second Edition of 22.

7.75 x 4.5"; 66 pages plus 8 free end pages. Letterpress printed. Arabic calligraphy. Embellished with burned sections. Bound in leather. Designed, printed and bound by Bonnie Thompson Norman. Embellished by Jill Alden Littlewood. Signed by Norman and Littlewood. Arabic translation by Aud Nass and his friend, Faisal.

Sarah Bodman, Senior Research Fellow for Artists' Books at the Centre for Fine Print Research (CFPR), UK, An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street - A Call to Book Artist: "On March 5th 2007, a car bomb was exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad. Al-Mutanabbi Street is in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and more than 100 were wounded. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic centre of Baghdad bookselling, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, and even tea and tobacco shops. It has been the heart and soul of the Baghdad literary and intellectual community. The Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition is issuing a call to book artists to work on a project to 're-assemble' some of the 'inventory' of the reading material that was lost in the car bombing of al-Mutanabbi Street. ...

"The inventory of al-Mutanabbi Street was as diverse as the Iraqi population, including literature of both Iraq and the Middle East, history, political theory, popular novels, scholarly works, religious tracts, technical books, poetry, mysteries; even stationery and blank school notebooks could be purchased on this street, as well as comics, and magazines. Arabic was of course the predominate language but books in Farsi, French, German, Spanish and English were also represented. ...

"This project is both a lament and a commemoration of the singular power of words. We ask that the work move within these parameters. We hope the books created will use al-Mutanabbi and its printers, writers, booksellers, and readers, as a touchstone."


Remember was created in response to the call to book artists. Bonnie Thompson Norman in the introduction to Remember says "We remember some of them here."
$400 (5 copies available)

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Blow:
winds from Christina Rossetti and the Beaufort scale

Book design by Margery Hellmann
Seattle, Washington: Holburne Press, 2012. Edition of 30.

5.1.25 x 8.5"; four folds of flags. Letterpress printed from handset type on a 1926 Chandler & Price platen press, some hand coloring. Hedi Kyle's flag book structure. Text flags: Canson Mi-Tientes and Strathmore Translucent papers. Bound in blue paper over boards with paper title label on front board. Numbered.

"Blow" was started by Margery Hellmann (1935-2012) in 2011 and then completed by her friend Bonnie Thompson Norman. It is the last bookwork under the imprint of Margery Hellmann's The Holburne Press. Hellmann has said that her goal was "to use innovative book structures and unconventional placement of words and letters to create a dimension beyond the text, an added visual language."

University of Washington: "Margery, known for her love of literature, quiet insight and many creative talents, was a founding member of the Book Arts Guild. The diversity of her work is amazing, spanning decades and culminating in her artists books begun in 1993. Margery worked tirelessly to create a melding of text and structure to complement and expand meaning."

Laura Russell: "Christina Rossetti's poem Winds is interleaved with a description of The Beaufort Scale in an interplay of pages and panels. The type is set to suggest a windblown effect and is embellished with typographic ornaments and leaves some of which have been hand colored. The type was meticulously set by hand by Margery Hellmann over a period of one year. Towards the end of the project Margery became ill and was unable to complete the work. The book was printed in three colors and bound by hand by her close friend, Bonnie Thompson Norman. The book reflects Margery's thoughtful and creative marriage of disparate texts which results in an enhanced appreciation of both poetry and science."
$350 (2 copies available)

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An Activist's Tablet
Prescriptions for doing good in the World

By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle, Washington: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2010.
Edition of 25.

6 x 13"; 9 pages. Letterpress printed on a Vandercook SP15. Hand bound in a tablet format.

Bonnie Thompson Norman: "An Activist's Tablet is something of a play on words as it is intended as a Prescription for Doing Good in the World. It is a series of broadsides with exhortations to vote, give, help, etc., in a 'tablet format' and it is hoped that each sheet will be pulled off and posted as instructed on the title page...Take One and Pass It On. (The pun here is obvious, I hope...a prescription for a pill or tablet...broadsides bound in a tablet format, take one, etc."

$85 (5 copies available)

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Be The Change
By Bonnie Thompson Norman, Barbara Evans, Amy Larson, David Major, Martha Rothe, Stephanie Schwenger, Saeko Suzuki.
Seattle, Washington: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2010.
Edition of 100.

10 x 2.75"; 12 pages. Vertical concertina structure. Letterpress printed on a Vandercook SP15 and a 1926 Chandler & Price from handset type and a photoengraving. Handbound. Enclosed in a letterpress printed wrapper.

Bonnie Thompson Norman: "The quote by Gandhi has been a guiding light to me for many years. It was recited before the Indian Parliament by President Barack Obama in November 2010 as an expression of good will and common goals. The book is bound in a style indigenous to that region and culture."

$85

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Vital Signs
Guideposts for Life's Journeys and Adventures

By Bonnie Thompson Norman, Michiko Parker, Shelley Brittingham, Elaine Hillenmeyer, Ingrid Stripes, Tracy Buck, and Brita Long
Seattle, Washington: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2010.
Edition of 25.

6 x 13"; accordion with 8 pages including pastedowns. Hand set and hand constructed. Letterpress printed on Vandercook SP15. Bound in black cloth with paper title on front board.

Vital Signs was designed and produced in a class taught by Bonnie Thompson Norman at The Windowpane Press. The illustrations were created using tangram images

Words from common traffic signs are paired with life advice:

             caution
       Take time to deliberate;
but when the time for action arrives
        stop thinking and go in.
                                                   ~ Andrew Jackson.

$85


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A Parent's Patchwork of Proverbs & Proscriptions
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
in collaboration with Alicia Hall, Susan Hsu, Lisa Kraft, Kathryn Muckler, Jennifer Murphy, Deborah Pang Davis, Lisa Schaefbauer, and Michael Young
Seattle, Washington: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2007. Limited edition.

5 x 5"; 25 leaves. Letterpress printed on a variety of colored papers. Hand bound in a snake format. Housed in a paper letterfold box (5.25 x 5.25 x 1"). Designed and produced in a class taught by Bonnie Thompson Norman at The Windowpane Press in February 2007.

The leaves spread out to form a 25 x 25" paper quilt. Each quilt square contains a bit of wisdom from parent to child.

Don't quit at the first sign of problems.
                           Or the second
                                                         ~ CindyFrancis

$75


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Hidden Agenda
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2006.

3.875 x 8.5"; 8 pages. Produced in a class taught by Norman. Students: Shannon Cook, Marianne George, Geoffrey Keyes, Happy Kush, Kim O’Neill, and Megan Zimmerman.

Structured as a vertical pad (like a reporter’s notebook). The single word on each page is partially obscured by a glassine-like wrap: question, question, wander, dream, sing, laugh, dance, create.
$45 (5 copies available)

 

 

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Homeland Security
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2006.

5.25 x 8"; four panels. Constructed for easy standing display. Handset, printed and bound.

Unsubtle satire directed at the current notion of “homeland security” (circa 2006).

Between the lines of a quotation from Charles Evans Hughes (Chief Justice, 1930-1941) about safeguarding constitutional rights (free speech, press, assembly) are works by Carl Schurz (Union General, US Senator): "Our country ... when right, to be kept right; when wrong, to be put right."
$150 (5 copies available)

 


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A Primer for Democracy
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle, Washington: Windowpane Press, 2004. None stated.

3x 3 x 3" box white lightweight cardboard box containing 42 notched cards. Letterpress printed. produced in a class taught by Bonnie Thompson Norman at the Windowpane Press, Seattle, Washington. Participants were Dawn Endean, Patricia Halsell, Kaylea Trowbridge, Elizabeth Walters.

Notched cards with slogans about democracy from which one can construct a free-form structure. From A (Amendment / Activism) to Z (Zeal) the words are a call to exercise your rights but not to forget your responsibilities as a citizen.
$250 (Ten copies available)

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Step by Step ... a walking guide
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2004. Limited Edition.

8 x 8.5" accordion fold letterpress printed and handbound with maroon wraps.

Bonnie Thompson Norman has been the proprietor of The Windowpane Press for over twenty years. Bonnie works full time as a hand bookbinder in a large commercial bindery. She also teaches classes in printing and bookmaking on evenings and weekends. This book was produced in one of her classes.
$50


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The Seasons
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2003. Limited Edition.

5 x 3.75” Set of four letterpress printed, handbound booklets in a printed gold card folder. Each booklet is covered in a different colored paper with different decorations indicating the seasons. Each has a single double page opening with a quotation for that season.

A handsome letterpress set to celebrate the year, all four seasons.
$45

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Better Than Gold
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 2002. Limited Edition.

5 x 8". 42 pages. Letterpress printed, handbound butterfly accordion book.

A collection of quotes celebrating friendship.
$85 (5 copies available)

 

 

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On War and Peace
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Windowpane Press, 2002. Limited Edition (unstated).

7.75 x 6". Letterpress printed, handbound accordion book with single signatures sewn on mountain folds.

Musings on war and peace.

"Sometime they'll give a war and nobody will come." —Carl Sandburg.

"What a country calls its vital economic interests are not the things which enable its citizens to live, but the things which enable it to make war. Petrol is more likely than wheat to be a cause of international conflict." —Simone Weil, 1937.
$65 (5 copies available)

 


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WordHouse
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle, Washington: Windowpane Press, 1999. Edition Unstated.

16 x 9 x 9 cm, in box (10 x 10 x 3 cm); 1 collapsible paper house structure. Cardboard. Text collage. Letterpress printed. Written, printed and bound by Lisa Lessley Brisco, Diane Dambacher, Rachel Harris and Bonnie Thompson Norman at the Windowpane Press. Housed in lidded cardboard box with paper title tipped on lid.

"WordHouse" is a collage of words about what home means. Ultimately the book becomes a house structure with the word covered walls; ie "Houses are like books, both have stories to tell".

"WordHouse" consists of six two-sided panels tied together by linen thread that can be unfolded to create a house using either side of the panels. Text on panels can be read as an accordion book.

To construct a WordHouse, fold the two center panels to form a pitched roof, then fold the outside four panels to create the walls of the house. Place the house you have built inside this lid, using it as a foundation.
$125 (Five copies available)

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A Mealtime Blessing
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 1995. Unstated limited edition.

1.5 x 8.5" closed, extends to 11 x 8.5"; 7 double sided panels. Slips into letterpress printed sleeve. Printed on a Vandercook SP15 from photoengraved plates. Hand-sewn binding based on palm leaf book structures found throughout Central and Southern Asia which date from ca. 450 A.D. Artwork by Jennifer Kennard.

Originally A Mealtime Blessing was produced with wooden boards and housed in a wooden box.

Bonnie Thompson Norman: "I learned this mealtime grace when my children and I were visiting my dear friend Jill Littlewood who learned it from a friend of hers. The blessing concludes with a squeeze of hands that travels round the table from one person to the next. This book is meant to be like that pressing of palms: acknowledging with gratefulness family, friends and the bounties which some of us are so fortunate to receive."
$65


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A Mealtime Blessing
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle: Bonnie Thompson Norman, 1995. Limited Edition.

1.5 x 8.5" with wooden boards. Slips into letterpress printed sleeve which is then laid in wooden box that matches boards. Printed on a Vandercook SP15 from photoengraved plates. Hand-sewn binding based on palm leaf book structures found throughout Central and Southern Asia which date from ca. 450 A.D. Artwork by Jennifer Kennard.

"I learned this mealtime grace when my children and I were visiting my dear friend Jill Littlewood who learned it from a friend of hers. The blessing concludes with a squeeze of hands that travels round the table from one person to the next. This book is meant to be like that pressing of palms: acknowledging with gratefulness family, friends and the bounties which some of us are so fortunate to receive." —Bonnie Thompson Norman.
(Out of Print)

 

 


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Turn, Turn, Turn
By Bonnie Thompson Norman, Kathleen Anderson, John Butterfield, Elisa Murray, and Annette Srisaguan
Seattle, Washington: Windowpane Press, 2002.

3 x 6.25"; 18 pages including covers. Letterpress printed onto multi-colored leaves. Bound into a Jacob Ladder's accordion-fold structure. Produced at a class taught by Bonnie Thompson Norman in the winter of 2002.

The text is from Ecclesiastics, Chapter 3:

To every thing
there is a season,
and a time
to every purpose
under the heaven…

(Out of Print)


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Which side are you on?
By Bonnie Thompson Norman
Seattle, Washington: Windowpane Press, 2019. Edition of variants.

6.25 x 8.25" in cloth clamshell box with paper title label on cover. Double sided accordion. Letterpress printed from handset type and a linoleum block. Book cloth and papers with each book in the edition. Book cloth over boards. Inset cutout with a wire grid over shadow image on front cover. Designed, printed, and bound by Bonnie Thompson Norman.

Bonnie Thompson Norman: "I began this book in February last year [2019]. . Remember when building the wall and caging children was the topic of the day? My book is still timely because of the virus which is spreading in immigration lock-ups."

Norman uses quotes from Emma Lazarus, George Washington, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt to reflect on immigration. Quotes are interspersed with short texts: "Refugees can't go home"; "Nobody is illegal"; "Build bridges not walls".
(SOLD/Out of Print)

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