Houses

Handmade Artist book by Carol Es, 2013.

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This is the first release to come from Careless Press (my press) since 2008! This is an edition of eight and only six will be for sale.

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.
SOLD OUT (Last copy available through Vamp & Tramp.)