Like a Bucket Brigade Only Better
When you work all day with a keyboard or a pencil or a pen, where only your fingers and your eyeballs and your brain are moving and the rest of you is sitting in a chair like a slug (if slugs sat in chairs), there is something incredibly pleasing about getting up from your desk and going and making something with your hands. And for geeky book people, could there be any better things to make than books? Because that’s sort of exactly what a few of us got to do yesterday, when we gathered to assemble the On Tender Hooks Limited Edition. It was manual labor of the kind that is great fun—where you get to watch something beautiful come together under your own hands.
Each limited edition is made up of many bits. Not only is there the signed-and-numbered print, the signed-and-numbered book, and the luscious-looking clamshell box, there’s the archival envelope the print lives inside of, the numbered colophon sheet (kind of like a Franklin Mint certificate of authenticity), the protective cardboard carton, and two different stickers that go on the outside of the carton. And because all these things were coming from different places—places as far ranging as the printer in Hong Kong; artist Isabel Samaras’s painting studio in Albany, California, where she signed all the books; and Urban Digital Color just around the corner from here where they made the (gorgeous!) fine art prints—it made the most sense to put them all together here in our office.
So here’s my little photo essay about that process, which I hope others enjoy as much as I do. But hey, if you’re more of a retail-therapy enjoyment kind of person, you can skip the photos and go here to buy the limited edition (pre-publication price of $150 ends May 1, regular price is $250), here to buy the regular On Tender Hooks book, or here to buy the postcard set of Isabel’s work. I promise I won’t mind.
Bagging the prints
Clamshells and protective cartons at the ready
The colophon sheet and outer-box stickers (ok, ok, the kitchen knives are a little scary—we used them to open the big boxes everything came in. We were very careful).
All the bits, in action
Isabel has an awesome signature
I love that even this informative sticker matches the book design
More than halfway done!
Safe and protected
Bridget Watson Payne
Assistant Editor, Art + Design
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