NAVIGARE NECESSE EST by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

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The rocky and rough coastline of Norway offers few options to its people other than to turn to the sea for sustenance, occupation, leisure. My father's father worked on a shipping vessel as a cook. His father lived on a small rock and fed this family through limited farming and fishing. His father probably did the same. My father's mother tried very hard to keep her youngest child from leaving terra firma for the uncertainty of the sea. My father's sea adventures involved sailing for the sake of sailing and always with the hope of sailing to Paradise. This book is an embellished biography of my father that examines the decisions he made throughout his life that attempted to resolve the conflict as an artist and then teacher with a desire he could never expunge to sail across the ocean blue. He eventually designed and built his own sail boat, a steel hull double-ender with red modified Chinese junk sails. He sailed it within Puget Sound but was too old to fulfill that wanderlust.

Artist Bio

Elsi 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.