|Artist / Creator||Alice Austin|
|Press Name||Alice Austin Artist Books|
|Artist's Nationality||United States|
|Place of Publication||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Process / Technique||Linoleum prints, ink|
|Structure / Binding||Multiple map fold|
|Medium / Materials||Wax, acrylic paint|
|Paper Stock||US nautical maps and handmade paper cover|
|Number of Pages||4 pages|
|Dimensions (WxHxD)||4.75 x 6.75 x 1 inches. Extends out to 14 inches|
|Edition Size||Variable edition of 5|
This book evolved from the idea that maps aren't useful in Venice. Discarded US nautical maps are printed with the fish-like map of Venice which includes, within the tail, a contrasting grid map of Philadelphia. Gold ink, paint and wax are added and the maps are folded in a manner which conveys the feeling of wandering and being lost. The maps are sewn into a folded paper cover of paper, handmade by Michelle Wilson. Comes with archival box. Hedi taught me years ago how to fold the multiple map fold from a single sheet of paper.
Artist BioAlice Austin is a Philadelphia printmaker and book artist. She has worked as a book conservator since 1999 at the Library Company of Philadelphia, a rare book library founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin. She has been a lecturer at the University of the Arts, teaching book structures, and also teaches workshops at the Center for Book Arts, NYC, and other locations. She earned a BFA from the Philadelphia College of Art, now the University of the Arts, and has been an active member, heading many committees, of the Guild of Book Workers since 1998. She has been awarded many artist residencies in Europe, some of which involve teaching and exhibiting. Her work is widely held in private, public and special collections worldwide and you can listen to a podcast about her work from the University of Alabama. Her art work is also featured in 500 Handmade Books, Magic Books and Paper Toys, 1000 Artists' Books and Making Handmade Books. Her artist books have been reviewed in Fine Books magazine and on-line in the New Yorker book bench blog.