American Breeding Standards by Ellen Knudson -SOLD OUT!

American Breeding Standards explores the systemized rules about what comprises a good or bad horse, a good or bad woman — and the steps one might take to achieve the breed standard. This highly crafted new book from Ellen Knudson features a hinged pop-up that folds out from the front cover of the book. The interior of the book contains three foldout pages. This very amusing book was designed and letterpress printed on Zerkall Book by Ellen Knudson, Crooked Letter Press. Images and text printed from photo-polymer plates and handset metal types. The binding structure is an exposed spine sewn on Cave Paper tapes and attached to paste paper covered boards. The book was produced in 2012–2013 and printed by the artist in Gainesville, Florida. Text excerpted from American Horses and Horse Breeding (John Dimon, 1895) and Canine Breeding Standards of the German Shepherd (American Kennel Club, 2012). Other text and illustrations by the artist.

Artist Bio

Ellen Knudson is a book artist / designer producing handmade books under the imprint Crooked Letter Press. She is currently an Associate in Book Arts at The University of Florida. She holds an MFA in Book Arts from The University of Alabama and produces handmade books under the imprint Crooked Letter Press. Ellen has been a book artist for twelve years and a professional graphic designer for 20 years including graphic design positions at The Art Institute of Chicago and The Detroit Institute of Arts. She has taught letterpress printing and Book Arts at The University of Florida, letterpress printing at The University of Alabama, graphic design at Mississippi State University and at Wayne State University, and letterpress & book arts workshops around the country. Her work is in the collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), Yale University (CT), Duke University (NC), and many other national and international collections. Her book Wild Girls Redux: An Operator’s Manual (2009) was the recipient of the 2009 Florida Artists’ Book Prize. Her most recent work is Subject Verb Object, a volvelle book about the frustration of language. Crooked Letter Press can be viewed at