The Art of War (Sun Tzu Revised) by Elsi Vassdal Ellis

This is the third edition in the Waste Not/Want Not & Use What You Have series. I had been saving articles on the Department of Defense research grants exploring the creation of cyborg insects and birds. When I read a comment that the goal was to design cyborg insects to refuel in the field but they would be programmed not to feed on the dead, I had to do something with it. Since Sun Tzu has been referenced frequently since the beginning of the current Iraq War, I thought it needed a revision focusing on the use of drones, robots, and the possible future of cyborgs. Warning, the book is infested with alchemical battle beetles bred to convert lead type into energy! This is just a way of saying I tried my best with making the best of the type situation. I don’t have much lead in the house and before I started this edition, I thought the type was in better shape than it turned out to be!

Artist Bio

Elsi Vassdal Ellis creates books in a well equipped studio outside Bellingham on 20 acres of what was once part of the Buckholtz Homestead. Born in Fallon, Nevada, in 1952, she spent her formative years in Iowa City, Iowa, before settling down in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1983 she has produced over 95 editions and 120 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. Western Washington University has been her professional home since 1977 where she holds the rank of full professor and teaches courses in design production and (occasionally) book arts.