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Unpacking the Print Library

Spring is a tumultuous season. Exhilaration flows from the sun filled sky and the verdant mountain landscape. Warm morning breezes sing with promises of long summer days, and then the afternoon thunderstorms rush in to temper your enthusiasm. 

A season of remarkable growth with a complex essential order, spring can all too easily feel unpredictable, chaotic, and even violent. Maintaining a proper perspective is difficult. Attempting to sustain an appreciation for the larger framework becomes an hourly challenge.  

As a member of Team Necessary, a tempestuous spring is also an annual occurrence in the work schedules of our day jobs. (Yes, like most artists, I have a day job.) For us, spring is a long and exhausting journey to be endured as much as enjoyed. So, after finally acknowledging that we needed to try and reclaim a more sustainable life/work/play balance, the pace of renovation work has slowed dramatically at Grey Gardens.

Given our hectic spring schedule, I am super excited that we found some time yesterday to build and install a couple of new studio shelves. After almost a year, I no longer have to shift through a stack of banker boxes to browse the books in my print library! And yes, I am slightly embarrassed to admit that it look this long. Oh well, this project just did not make it to the top of the list until now.

The shelves are simple 3/4" plywood with a wood veneer edge banding and a few metal brackets. They fit nicely in the previously empty space above the print dryer without hampering its function in any way. More on the print dryer another time, but for now, just know that I am still slowly working on that write up.

A very basic solution in studio design, this is the first of many wall mounted "stations" I have planned for this tiny print shop. For me, it is that reward of progress, of taking a step, and the accompanying promise of soon achieving my goal that makes this project so exciting. 

Small steps in a small studio. I am moving forward and that is all that matters, especially in the the spring.

What books are in your print library? Share your favorite titles and authors in the comment section below!

Listed below are the books currently in my library. The library also includes the notes, handouts, and course-packs I accumulated throughout my student days. Many of the books were gifted by generous donors or found at swap meets, flea markets, and book sales for bargain basement prices. Always be sure look for print books in unexpected places!

Magical Secrets about Thinking Creatively, Crown Point Press, Kathan Brown

Magical Secrets about Line Etching & Engraving, Crown Point Press, Catherine Brooks

Magical Secrets about Aquatint, Crown Point Press, Emily York

Magical Secrets about Chine Colle, Crown Point Press, Brian Shure

Ink, Paper, Metal, Wood, Crown Point Press, Kathan Brown

Non-Toxic Intaglio Printmaking, Keith Howard

Safe Photo Etching for Photographers and Artists, Keith Howard

Intaglio: The Complete Safety-First System for Creative Printmaking, Robert Adam and Carol Robertson

The Complete Manual of Relief Printmaking, Rosemary Simmons and Katie Clemson

Moku Hanga Primer, Robert McClain

Japanese Woodblock Printing, Rebecca Salter

Monotype, Julia Ayres

The Complete Printmaker, John Ross and Clare Romano

The Complete Printmaker Revised & Expanded, John Ross, Clare Romano, and Tim Ross

Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process, Beth Grabowski and Bill Fick

Printmaking: History and Process, Donald Saff and Deli Sacilotto

Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective, Paul Coldwell

Practical Mixed-Media Printmaking Techniques, Sarah Riley

Print Workshop: Hand-Printing Techniques, Christine Schmidt

Printmaking: A Beginning Handbook, William C. Maxwell

Printmaking, Gabor Peterdi

Printmaking Today, Jules Heller

Great Prints and Printmakers, Harry Abrams

Japanese Prints, Gabriele Fahr-Becker

The Complete Woodcuts of Albrecht Dürer, Edited by Dr. Willi Kurth

Artist's Proof Volume IX, Published by Pratt Graphics Center in association with Barre Publishers

Print Art, A Whitman CREATIVE Art Book 

The Print in the Western World, Linda Hults

Thinking Print, The Museum of Modern Art, Deborah Wye

Pirnts and The Print Market, Theodore Donson

Handbook of Early Advertising Art Mainly from American Sources, Clarence P. Hornung

Tamarind Techniques for Fine Art Lithography, Marjorie Devon with Bill Lagattuta and Rodney Hamon

The Tamarind Book of Lithography: Art & Techniques, Garo Antreasian and Clinton Adams

The Technique of Fine Art Lithography, Michael Knigin and Murray Zimiles

The New Lithography, Mel Hunter

The Complete Screenprint and Lithograph, John Ross and Clare Romano 

The Complete Guide to Screen Printing, Brad Faine

The Artists Silkscreen Manual, Andrew B. Gardner

Screenprinting: Water-Based Techniques, Roni Henning

Screenprinting: The Complete Water-Based System, Robert Adams and Carol Robertson

Print Liberation, Nick Paparone and Jamie Dillon with Luren Jenison

Screen Process Printing, Robert A. Banzhaf

Silk Screen Techniques, J.I. Biegeleisen and Max Arthur Cohn

Silk-Screen Printing, Brian Elliot

Photographic Printmaking Techniques, Deli Sacilotto 

The Encyclopedia of Airbrush Techniques, Michael Leek

Studio Tips for Artists and Graphic Designers, Bill Gray

Letterpress Now, Jessica C. White

Letterpress Printing: A Manual for Modern Fine Press Printers, Paul Maravelas

A 21st-century guide to the Letterpress Business, Marty Brown

Creative Handmade Paper: How to make paper from recyled and natural materials, David Watson

Papermaking: The History and Technique Of An Ancient Craft, Dard Hunter

The Elements of Typographic Style, Robert Bringhurst

How to Make Books, Purgatory Pie Press, Esther K. Smith