|Artist / Creator||Robin Hruska|
|Press Name||Full Plate Press|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Indianola, Washington|
|Contributors||Lynn Agnew, Robin Hruska Susan Lange, MJ Linford|
|Process / Technique||Letterpress|
|Structure / Binding||Broadsides and postcards contained in a fabric-lined, vintage-style suitcase. Includes 16 postcards, 16 letterpress poems, title sheet, colophon,and an air mail envelope with two folded pages of production notes.|
|Medium / Materials||The fabric-lined suitcase is made from book cloth covered book board with brass hardware and faux-leather straps and handle|
|Paper Stock||Postcards on Red River Aurora Natural, Red River Ultra Gloss, Fabriano Artistico Hot Press 140# papers|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||8 x 12 x 3.25 inches closed.|
|Edition Size||Edition of 12|
|Signed & Numbered||Signed and numbered edition|
Traveling Companions is a collection of poems and images that come from our memory and experience of the people, places, objects, and emotions that have kept us company as we have traveled through life. Though not a complete inventory, these 16 recollections represent what we have held onto most dearly and sometimes had to let go of most painfully in our collective 240+ years of living. Manifested as postcard images and folio poems stored in a suitcase, these are souvenirs of our several lifetimes. They are meant to be viewed with the same sense of joy, sadness, longing, humor, and fun with which they were created, much as one would look at souvenirs collected along any journey. This book encompasses a wide view of life as a journey, a rich collection of friends, family, things and places that have held our hearts.
Artist BioLynn Agnew, Robin Hruska, Susan Lange and MJ Linford are the four women who comprise Full Plate Press. Traveling Companions is their fourth limited edition book. Their work has been exhibited at 23 Sandy Gallery, the University of Nebraska, the University of Illinois, Bookopolis in Asheville, NC, and Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Additionally, their books can be seen in the Special Collections of many University Libraries. The four work around a theme, creating writings and images while concurrently spending a good deal of time in a group editing process, helping each other hone and clarify ideas, work on pace and rhythm, and choose language and imagery that better expresses their ideas and intent. Their collaborative process has run the gamut from passing around books round robin style, to sharing printing plates as they layer their own imagery, to working for hours in their own studios on individual pages.