Described as "a small, perfect book" and selected as Best Book of 2017 by the Endless Bookshelf, Our daily lives have to be a satisfaction in themselves is a handmade book documenting 40 years of Bloodroot, the feminist vegetarian restaurant, bookstore, & radical lesbian work collective in Bridgeport, CT. Comprising personal-political essays by Selma Miriam & Noel Furie & many previously unpublished photographs by Noel, the book is Risograph printed, handsewn, 5.25 × 8 inches, 144 pages, edition of 400, $35. The book has been awarded design honors from AIGA (50 Boooks | 50 Covers), the Type Directors Club (TDC) (World's Best Typography), and the Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) (Gold Award in Book Design, and the Spirit of Creativity Award). First printing (copies 1-200) sold out, second printing (copies 201-400) now shipping.
Satisfied workers experience belongingness, autonomy, and the opportunity to develop new skills. Alienated workers experience centralized control, little community, and no recognition or opportunity for advancement. Rotate this poster to best suit your own working conditions. Handset wood and metal types, printed letterpress, for Impractical Labor.
Computer cross-stitch record cover for the one and only Kryssi Battalene, out on Trouble in Mind Records.
NYC-based artist Jody Wood created a mobile hair salon for people who are homeless and residing in shelters. Her project, titled Beauty in Transition, has been funded by A Blade of Grass, and featured by The Atlantic and MSNBC. This award-winning handmade book documents Wood's project in a beautiful, intimate, and tactile edition while preserving the privacy of the participants. Edition of 100, $55.
A zine made the morning after: photos from Hillary's Election Night Party. $5 from each sale is donated to the National Women's Law Center. 16 page zine, Risograph printed in blue and black, saddle stitched, 3rd edition (1st and 2nd editions sold out). $7.
From 2012–2014, I organized free walking tours from Stratford's Long Beach to Bridgeport's abandoned Pleasure Beach, a former amusement park. Tours were often led by resident local experts, including a historian, biologist, social studies teacher, and master wildlife conservationist. Photo by Kelly Jensen.
The first of a series of print-your-own letterpress broadsides, an Open Studios fundraiser for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
ILSSA Implement: Essential Tools for Living is ILSSA’s latest participatory art project, which explores and expands the potential of the toolkit, inviting individuals to consider and share what they deem to be essential tools for living. Currently installed at Hunt Gallery, Webster University, St. Louis, MO, November 16, 2018–January 5, 2019.
Are you always +2 at 11am? The summer 2016 ILSSA Quarterly included a self-test to determine your own personal time cycle, made in collaboration with Bridget Elmer and John Labovitz, along with an announcement about the first ever ILSSA Residency. Read all about it, and all about ILSSA, over at the Impractical Labor website.
What is the most reductive form that can yield the most variety in meaning? Possibly the white t-shirt. Tight it is James Dean, huge it is hip-hop. It's not what you wear, it's how you wear it. 54 different characters are created with nothing but one XL white t-shirt and common office supplies (binder clips, safety pins, duct tape) used as styling aids. All accessories serve a function and the shirt is never cut or permanently altered. Accompanied by the Lookbook 54 Companion, showcasing hair, make-up, & accessories created with office supplies. This project was a collaboration with Roxane Zargham, who made all the photographs. 116 pages, 7⨯10 inches, $30.
Record cover for the amazing TABLES, out on Safety Meeting Records.