|Artist / Creator
|Elsi Vassdal Ellis
|Place of Publication
|Process / Technique
|Epson Stylus C88+ inkjet printed text on fabric
|Structure / Binding
|Butterfly stitch sewn binding with beads
|Medium / Materials
|Fabric on hand; new, old, and vintage ribbons accumulated over the years
|Number of Pages
|6.75 x 9.25 x 1.5 inches closed.
|Edition of 4
|Signed & Numbered
|Signed and numbered edition
What is it in humans that encourages many of us to want to take a hike? For some it is all about a destination, that dream vacation where you lie on a beach without any cares. For others it may be the comfort of a managed travel plan with various tourist stops along the way. But some simply have a desire to go, answering perhaps a call that is built into the genes. For them is not about the destination. It is about the journey. In many journeys, the traveler encounters borders. Some borders are marked. Some borders are not. Some borders are literal; others figural. Each page of Crossing Borders poses a question about encounters with journeys and borders with the hope of the reader to consider their own encounters in travels and even more questions. The format was inspired by an ecclesiastical book cover seen under dim light in the basement of the Mission San Xavier del Bac.
Artist BioElsi Vassdal Ellis has been teaching design production and book arts at Western Washington University since 1977. She established EVE Press in 1983 with her first offset edition; letterpress in 1990; and digital in 1996. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is housed in many public and private collections. Since 1983 she has produced over 127 editions and 127 unique books employing a variety of reproduction techniques and materials. Her work is permanently housed in many public collections including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York City Public Library, Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, Grabhorn Collection in the San Francisco Public Library, and Arts of the Book Collection in the Yale University Library.