Originally published in 1987, Saving Seeds: Metaphors of Lesbian Growth, a special issue of Maize: A Lesbian Country Magazine, was created by artist and writer Jenna Weston as a tribute to "magical female-oriented gardens." This 2020 handmade reissue reimagines the black and white original in a range of lush earth tones.
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 documents 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 Comprising personal-political essays by Selma Miriam & Noel Furie & many previously unpublished photographs by Noel, the original handmade edition of the book was awarded design honors from AIGA (50 Boooks | 50 Covers), the Type Directors Club (TDC)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, Spirit of Creativity Award). New in 2020: offset printed, perfect bound edition with wholesale pricing available!
An enlarged reissue of a ~1989/90 leaflet from the New York Black Women's Health Project, along with new print interpretations of its text.
In the March 2020 News Bulletin, ILSSA asks impractical laborers to report their experiences with COVID-19 for an upcoming publication A Trying Time: An ILSSA Quaranzine for Working Together, Alone and to assess their working conditions as impractical laborers, borrowing a rubric from sociology: Do you experience autonomy? How well are you challenged? Do you experience belongingness? How well are you recognized? Do you experience opportunities to develop new skills? Do you experience freedom from pressure toward economic growth? Are you committed to your impractical labor because it is compatible with your personal goals, needs, and values? Survey answers will be compiled in the forthcoming 2nd State of the ILSSA Union and shared with all members.
An enlarged reissue and new letterpress print of 1973 lecture notes by Dr. Dorothy Tennov for her class "Female Psychology," the first Women's Studies course at the University of Bridgeport, widely circulated by a leading feminist distributor, KNOW, INC.
ILSSA Frameworks is ILSSA’s latest call & response, asking impractical laborers What frameworks are essential supporting structures for your practice? Read a review of the September 2019 show at Unrequited Leisure (Nashville, TN) over at Number:Inc Magazine.
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.
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.
A fundraising zine made the morning after: emotional photos from Hillary's Election Night Party. $5 from each sale is donated to the National Women's Law Center.
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 risograph and letterpress edition. From Wood's introduction: "While a hair salon service may seem to be a superfluous extra, it is an act geared toward re-accessing parts of identity that have been pushed aside . . . I am especially interested in this non-essential aspect, because ephemeral and temporary interventions to systemic problems are often overlooked. Sometimes the most meaning, and the most meaningful change, can exist in the day-to-day, the temporary, the non-essential, the seemingly unimportant details."
Letterpress printed surveys collected from attendees at guest lectures, open studios, and visiting artist gigs from 2015. Now in a private collection.
ILSSA Implement: Essential Tools for Living explores and expands the potential of the toolkit, inviting individuals to consider and share what they deem to be essential tools for living. 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 chronobiological self-test to determine your own personal time cycle, made in collaboration with Bridget Elmer and John Labovitz. Now available in a blue and red second printing, September 2019.
The first of a series of print-your-own letterpress broadsides, an Open Studios fundraiser for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
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. Inquire to purchase.