Remember by Bonnie Thompson Norman

There must have been all sorts of books on al-Mutanabbi Street. Books in an assortment of conditions and prices and for a variety of intended purposes: scholarship, commerce, entertainment, &c. We wanted to create a book of the kind that might have been treasured if it had been discovered on a shelf. A book that would have been recognized for it specialness by its design, printing and binding. Once opened, we want each reader to experience each page as a tribute and an honor in remembering the name of the people who were killed when the car bomb exploded on al-Mutanabbi Street. We hope the experience is a visceral one because of the transformative nature of each page and the name that has been obliterated and burned away.

Artist Bio

For Bonnie Thompson Norman books are a passion and a profession. She has been proprietor of The Windowpane Press for over thirty years. She learned to print at The Woman's Building in Los Angeles where she took the class so often she became the teacher's assistant and, eventually, the Studio Director. It was that community-centered environment which forged a lively and involved dedication to teaching letterpress printing and book arts to as many people as possible in an affordable and accessible atmosphere. Currently residing in Seattle, Bonnie works as a hand bookbinder in a commercial bindery and teaches classes in printing and book making in her home studio. Bonnie produces works varied in content, technique, craftsmanship and structure that offer challenging questions, provocative puns and inspiration about timeless and/or contemporary issues in the form of broadsides and artist's books. Her work is in public and private collections, both nationally and internationally, and has been included in numerous exhibitions and publications.