One of a Thousand Fires
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About this Book
The poems in One of a Thousand Fires (13.5 x 10.25 x .5 inches closed) are by Cissy Ross, they are letterpress printed from hand-set Goudy Old Style on handmade paper from Cave Paper. There are 24 pages in this book. The images and some of the titling are printed from hand-processed photopolymer plates and are made from a variety of sources including drawings and appropriated and manipulated imagery. The end sheets for this book are Ingres paper and the cover paper is Roma. The soft cover binding was created specifically for this project and involves sewing over printed paper straps. The book is housed in a lined slipcase that is covered in bookcloth and has a printed label. Edition of 32.
This book is built around five poems about a modern day Eve, long ago cast out of the Garden and living an everyday life. The book focuses on the idea of finding faith (not necessarily a religious faith) in everyday life: in its beauties, its atrocities, and even in its very mundanity. The images are not meant to illustrate the text, but to create a more dynamic relationship – interacting with the poems. River imagery references the veins in our bodies and alludes to the fragility and impermanence of our lives. Other imagery involves appropriated text-based imagery from an early printed book or incunable referencing the authority and weight of our histories, the pasts that we have to endure and that create who we are. The handmade paper, evokes a practical and earthy feel that the main character’s female voice is grounded in. The poems are boxed in by hand-scored marks, and the imagery flows around and behind the text to create a sense of depth, continuity, and perseverance.
Inge Bruggeman has been making and publishing fine press artist's books under her imprint INK-A! Press since 1992. In addition to the limited edition books and broadsides you will find related art work by Inge including prints, print-objects and other mixed media works.
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