|Artist / Creator||Nikki Thompson|
|Press Name||Deconstructed Artichoke Press|
|Place of Publication||Sacramento, CA|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress, silkscreen|
|Structure / Binding||Pamphlets sewn to accordion|
|Medium / Materials||Wire, book cloth, thread|
|Paper Stock||Shindanshi, Arches, vellum papers|
|Number of Pages||48 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||5 x 4 x 1 inches closed. Extends out to 17 inches.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 20|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
Collapse is a book about architecture and love gone bad. I wrote five poems that describe failed relationships using metaphors from engineering and construction. Each poem is an individual book sewn to an accordion structure that allows the book to open dramatically. Like the title, the book "collapses" into itself when closing. I letterpress printed the book on Arches, using hand set type and pressure printing, with a little bit of silkscreen for flair. The sumptuous wine red Shindanshi paper and dark red book cloth create a brooding mood of heartbreak.
Artist BioNikki Thompson is a book artist (aka Deconstructed Artichoke Press), poet, and happily failed architect. She fled Southern California for UC Berkeley, where she earned a degree in architecture and remained in the Bay Area to earn her MFA in creative writing and book arts from California College of the Arts in 2002. In addition to almost winning prizes for her poetry (a runner-up for the Earl Weaver Baseball Writing Prize and a nominee for a Pushcart Prize), her art explores architecture, feminism, and the politics of work through the mixed media of bookmaking, printmaking, and photography. She currently resides in Sacramento, California, with her husband and daughter.