|Title||The Industrial Age|
|Artist / Creator||Elsi Vassdal Ellis|
|Press Name||EVE Press|
|Place of Publication||Bellingham, WA|
|Author of Text||Elsi Vassdal Ellis|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress|
|Structure / Binding||Gary Frost binding|
|Medium / Materials||Left over French Construction Grout Gray and Speckletone Black 70# text; Chromo bookcloth; images-mounted brass screens and objects, antique cuts; Lifestyle Craft gray ink; Hand set worn Polish language wood type, News Gothic and Bank Gothic; printed on Vandercook 4.|
|Number of Pages||72|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||3.125 x 5.25 x .4375 inches|
|Edition Size||Edition of 10|
|Signed & Numbered||Yes|
This summer I began a series using whatever materials available in my studio. This is the first in the Waste Not/Want Not & Use What You Have series and the first in the Monochrome series. A word list on the industrial age was created, art in drawers collated and the printing evolved on 33 12x18 sheets of Construction Grout Gray. Once the backgrounds were completed, the sheets were cut down to 6 x 6 inch squares with type and additional images added. No extra effort was taken to print all the type well – not enough paper for that and some of the letters were too worn. Sheets not used for the textblock were used on the cover.
Artist BioElsi 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.