Houses

Handmade Artist book by Carol Es, 2013.

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From Careless Press, 2008:Houses is the title of poem I wrote back in 1999. It has been through probably a thousand revisions before the final re-write in 2013, when I decided to reconstruct it into an Artists' book. The lines of the poem are broken up among the pages in the book. It is about moving countless times as a child with my dysfunctional family. My parents were always fighting, my mother had mental illness, and with each break-up they had, they bought and sold a house, splitting up my brother and I, but eventually getting back together. Then, the cycle would repeat itself again within a year.

I made the covers of the book out of random cereal boxes. Each one is a little bit different. It also comes in a very simple slip case, also made from cereal boxes (mostly raisin bran).

Most of the text is all letterpressed, including the covers, which are also hand die-cut, meaning I cut them out with an X-acto blade myself.


Houses includes 20 pages of: two simple drawings on black Strathmore Artagain paper, two handmade flower-pressed papers, two original watercolor and ink paintings, a gouache/Sum-e painting on golden handmade paper from Nepal, an original block print, two copper plate etchings on Rives BFK, an embroidered drawing, a small, removable 5 x 5 inch Giclée, and three digitally designed pages with archival Epson Ultrachrome K3 inks. Most of the pages are french folds by the way; that means they're folded where you turn them and open at the binding - which is Japanese stab bound.

Pages: 20 p.
Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.
Edition: 8, signed and numbered.
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