By Emily Larned
Adler & Frankia, Bridgeport, CT, 2023
Dimensions: 6.5 in x 11 in
Color: two color RISO
A beautiful small publication—not about how to make sewn bound books, but about some of the feelings and thoughts that arise in the process of doing this patient, careful, meditative and attentive labor.
A great quote that appears in the text:
"Self-publishing can constitute not a vanity but a freedom... the means can become creative. Everything can be exact but also light, since production is a way of life, an activity rather than an occasion." - Thomas Clark, Moschatel Press
From the author:
"This essay was written in 2018 during the binding of the Adler & Frankia book Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves by Selma Miriam and Noel Furie. An earlier version was published on the CBAA Book Art Theory Blog. It is typeset in Ogg Text, a calligraphic typeface, and printed RISO on French paper. As you might expect, this pamphlet is collated, folded, & sewn by hand.
Images are from Mary Van Kleek's Women in the Bookbinding Trade (New York Survey Associates, 1913).
Thinking What We Are Doing is an essay series by Emily Larned. The title is inspired by the writing of Hannah Arendt.