Purgatory Pie Press: Magic Books & Paper Toys

Magic Books, Paper Toys postcardPurgatory Pie Press:  Magic Books & Paper Toys
August 1 – October 1

Opening Reception
Friday, August 13, 2010
Collins Memorial Library

Dikko Faust & Esther K Smith collaborate with other artists, writers, wood and metal typefaces, and even Big Publishing to make letterpress limited editions and trade books. Meet the artists! – Check the Library web site for details on upcoming visit of Dikko and Esther to Collins Memorial Library and public hours.

Collins Memorial Library at the University of Puget Sound is honored to host an exhibit of the work of Purgatory Pie Press. Faust started the Press in 1977 in Wisconsin. Since 1980, this husband and wife team have operated out of New York City focusing on making books with traditional and experimental techniques. (Their wedding invitation was their first letterpress collaboration.) Purgatory Pie Press has had solo exhibitons at the rare book libraries in London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Their editions have been shown at galleries and museums internationally, and are housed in the permanent collections of Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney, and the National Gallery of Art. The Press has also had solo exhibitions at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Harvard University, and San Francisco’s Center for the Book.

The exhibit will include: real type letterpress limited edition collaborative artist books, posters, coasters, postcards, PurgaToys-- PLUS examples from the Random House books including typographic proofs from the covers and display pages they designed and proofed on the letterpress for those publications.  

Check out Esther K Smith's books with Faust's typography, published by Random House imprint Potter Craft:

How to Make Books:
From zines you can fold in a minute to luxurious leather journals and sumptuous sketchbooks, How to Make Books will walk you through the easy basics of bookmaking. Whether you’re a writer, a scrapbooker, a political activist, or a postcard collector, let book artist Esther K. Smith be your guide as you discover your inner bookbinder. Using foolproof illustrations and step-by-step instructions, Smith reveals her time-tested techniques in a fun, easy-to-understand way.

Magic Books and Paper Toys:
Everyone loves a good book, but what’s better than one you’ve made by hand? And not just any straightforward book, but simple pop-up books, flip books, magic pamphlets, pop-up maps, and accordions! Esther K. Smith, author of
How to Make Books, unlocks the secrets of making tricky book forms even if you’ve never worked with paper before.
    While some of these 25 projects can be made by kids with a little help from mom or dad, all are designed with the adult in mind—the adult who’s a kid at heart! With step-by-step directions and charming illustrations, a few carefully placed cuts and an array of folds and twists almost magically become a colorful, multidimensional book.

The Paper Bride:
Planning an elaborate event? A simple, sophisticated soiree? Or something wild and wonderful? Customize your wedding with fresh paper ideas from the author of the classic
How to Make Books and the ingenious Magic Books & Paper Toys. Learn to make your own exciting, affordable mementos, invitation wraps, pop-up maps, save-the-date postcards, and party décor—projects with maximum impact that require only simple tools and basic skills .
    New to paper crafts? Start with lined envelopes. Ready for a challenge? Learn to stitch special bindings for your guest book and photo album. There is even a project for the groom-to-be. Just grab the good scissors, choose your paper, and begin! Smith's inventive techniques and no-nonsense wit will inspire you to make your own paper-perfect wedding.

Saturday and Sunday August 14-15, Purgatory Pie Press will be offering courses at Seattle Center for Book Arts. Smith's class Magic Books & Paper Toys will include making flexagons, magic wallets, simple popups and other delights--  Faust will be teaching Purgacolor--experimental printmaking on the letterpress. 

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*Also... don't miss...

Esther K Smith, author/designer: A hands-on demo and booksigning
Monday, August 16, 7pm

Contact: Annie Price
Ravenna Third Place Books
6504 20th Ave NE
Seattle, WA, 98115

(206) 525-2347

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