|Title||The Lad with the Golden Hair|
|Subtitle||The Myth of the Third Son|
|Artist / Creator||K. Nelson Harper|
|Press Name||Ars Brevis Press|
|Place of Publication||Fort Smith, Arkansas|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress, pressure printing, handset type, archival inkjet photographs|
|Structure / Binding||Case binding with cloth and paper covered boards|
|Medium / Materials||Handset Centaur type, designed by Bruce Rogers|
|Paper Stock||Bockingford 90# watercolor and Wild 95# cover papers|
|Number of Pages||64 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||7.875 x 7.75 x .75 inches closed|
|Edition Size||Edition of 6|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed by the Artist|
This book was inspired when one of my three brothers fell gravely ill in the summer of 2014. I wanted to give him one last gift, so I decided to create for him a book of his early years, using old family photos. I told the tale as the saga of a great hero, borrowing freely from historical mythologies of various cultures. The tales included The Ancestors (grandparents); The Humans (Parents) and The Siblings. The story was informed by each photo that I found in the very large family stash, and I let the photograph suggest the narration. Unfortunately, my brother passed away before I could show him the book, but I finished it anyway as a tribute to him, making a bound copy for other family members. The original edition was all digital. I redesigned the second edition (this one) to incorporate handset type and letterpress pressure printing. The various patterns in the background recall the wallpapers throughout our childhood home. The cover resembles an actual major league baseball, complete with raised stitches. When I did the first edition, I had stitches but the title was tinted debossing. I noticed that when folks would admire the cover, they would run their fingers over the flat, printed stitches, so I decided to give them a tactile sensation in the final version. The cover paper, too, resembles the tight grain of the baseball leather.
Artist BioK. Nelson (Katie) Harper teaches graphic design and letterpress/book arts at the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. She holds a BFA in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, where she printed her first letterpress book, making her own halftone plates. After graduating, she added graphic design to her skill set, and readily took to computer technology. But ink was still in her blood, so she was awarded an MFA degree in book arts/printmaking from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where she was able to maximize passions for design and creative writing with both old and new technologies in her bookmaking work. Her background includes award-winning letterpress and book arts, both in practice and teaching, with works represented in public and private collections around the country.