New artists’ books from WSW

Since 1974, Women’s Studio Workshop has provided more than 220 artists, both emerging and established, with studio facilities and technical expertise to produce handmade, limited edition artists’ books. Currently, the publishing program at WSW adds three to five new artists’ books each year. WSW’s artists’ books are held in over 300 collections world-wide, and nine repository institutions which hold the majority of WSW’s artists’ book collection.
To purchase multiple books, call our office at (845)-658-9133 or contact our Erin Zona, Artistic Director. 


A Darning Stitch

by Sue Carrie Drummond

This book explores the concept of an invisible mend, contrasting the mend of a garment with the attempt to mend a relationship. A darning stitch is a sewing technique used for repairing worn areas in fabric, an attempt to make the repair as neat and invisible as possible to restore a piece of clothing to its original state. Instructions and diagrams for darning are printed on overbeaten abaca paper, while on cotton paper are images of fabric alongside a narrative of a marriage. The cotton spreads are visible beneath the translucent abaca sheets, juxtaposing this story against the clear and straightforward instructions for mending clothing. Silkscreen and letterpress printed on handmade paper, Codex case bound. 25.4 x 28 cm, 44 pages. Edition 47, 2017. $650


In Solidarity

The Women’s Studio Workshop invited twelve artists working in the social terrains of California, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Tennessee to consider the safety pin’s rise as the symbol of contemporary protest. The resulting portfolio, In Solidarity, captures the waves of distrust, encouragement, criticism, and hope in calls for allyship following the 2016 Presidential Election. Contributing artists are Golnar Adili, Barbara Leoff Burge, Julie Evanoff, Alicia Henry, Tatana Kellner, Leslie Nichols, Gail Schneider, Clarissa Sligh, Jenny Snider, Joy Taylor, Anita Wetzel, and Nanette Yannuzzi. Digital and silkscreen printed. 28 cm x 38 cm, 12 prints. Edition 35, 2017. $1000

Transparency Reflection Light Space: A Response

by Leah Mackin

Transparency Reflection Light Space: A Response was created as a response to a 1971 exhibition catalog interview with the artist, Larry Bell. Prior to the publication of the catalog, Bell removed the vowels from his answers. Leah Mackin read Bell’s obfuscated responses as inherently gendered in the context of the masculine legacy of Minimalism. They are defiant, brusque and, when read aloud, Bell’s words are unpronounceable, guttural noises. Mackin presents the remaining vowels as a sort of harmonic vocalization, since vowels give shape and rounded-out sound to the English language. Letterpress, photocopy, and laser printed, saddle stitch pamphlets in hard covers. 20.5 cm x 20.5 cm, 56 pages. Edition 63, 2017. $425


On the Other Side

by Claire Fouquet and Patty Smith

On the Other Side is a collaborative work between French artist Claire Fouquet and American book artist Patty Smith that addresses issues of emigration. The concept originated as a response to the fences built by the United States to keep out illegal immigrants and by the French government’s policy on immigration. The book is a two-sided accordion, listing the fears an emigrant might experience on the recto side and potential advantages, opportunities, and joys of migration. The cut windows entice the viewer to turn the concertina inside out. Silkscreen and letterpress printed, with die cut windows and accordion binding. 4 ” x 5 1/2 “, 24 pages. Edition 50, 2016. $295


The Tang of Height

by Phyllida Bluemel

The Tang of Height was inspired by Phyllida’s discovery of recurring appearance of box kites in the biographies of nineteenth-century scholars. Taking that shape as a metaphor for philosophical method and 20th century thinking, the artist ties together the lives of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Alexander Graham Bell, and Nan Shepherd through archival fragments – images and ideas that resonate. These details connect across disciplines, flickering between the abstract and the particular; the philosophical and the personal – a poetry of facts. The screen-printed illustrations, as inserts, float freely of the text and reveal non-linguistic connections between the stories. The Tang of Height is Coptic bound, with a wraparound board cover. 8″ x 7 3/4″, 80 pages. Edition 49, 2016. $350


The City Within

by Natalie Draz

The City Within is a kinetic bookwork exploring cartography and fantastical anatomy. Juxtaposing bird’s eye maps and hand-drawn street-level maps with a ribcage of text centered around Montreal’s downtown core, The City Within overlays the heart of a city with the interior body of a city dweller. Both a bookwork and a sculptural object, this multi-layered book is able to be read and explored through many pathways. Using metaphoric imagery and a transforming book structure as an open-ended narrative, Natalie Draz combines traditional print media of intaglio and screenprinting with flag, tunnel book and pop-up structures. Housed in a wooden box. 8 1/2” x 14”, 34 pages. Edition 50, 2016. $1100

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by Megan Piontkowski

Feminist Ships, at its core, is a history lesson, celebrating the life and achievements of women on the water. On colorful pages mirroring the color palette of nautical signal flags, this book describes seven ships throughout history and the women who sailed them. The accordion bound book is cased in a navy blue hardcover which was lightly sanded to give the allusion of being touched by the salty air of the sea. The linework of each ship is a perfect blend of fine art and the artist’s own illustrative style. Silkscreen printed. Accordion bound in hard covers. 9 3/8″ x 9 3/8″, 12 pages. Edition 50, 2016. $550

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Buddha’s Tears

by Wei Jane Chir

Buddha’s Tears exposes the hidden story of organ harvesting in China from prisoners of conscience, such as Falun Gong practitioners. Statistical information is juxtaposed with poetic rendering of a legend of a statue of Buddha, who weeps in times of crisis. Each page is filled with dates, graphs, maps, drawings and stories, concluding with a sutured image of China, a symbol of healing. The accordion pages unravel to form a long scroll, a traditional form of storytelling to lay out the facts of China’s cruelty. Silkscreen, letterpress and digitally printed. Accordion bound in hard covers. 20.75 x 46.5 cm, 13 pages. Edition 50, 2015. $1,000

"Nights, the Cosmos, and I"

Nights, the Cosmos, and I

by Natalia Zapella

Nights, the Cosmos, and I is about the geometry of the cosmos. It investigates the aesthetic quality of the sewing thread as a graphic resource, using embroidery to illustrate an original poem about nighttime and its wonders. Using the principles of subtlety and minimalism, three colors of thread merge with silkscreen-printed lines, encouraging you to take a more attentive look at the details, thus revealing their texture and tactile quality. The binding choice—an open accordion book cased in a hardcover—makes it possible to keep the thread ends out of sight, but still not completely hidden, for the process counts here as much as the result itself.  6.2″ x  8.5″ : 19 pages. Edition 60, 2015. $600


Taxonomy of Shapes

by Radha Pandey

Taxonomy of Shapes challenges the reader’s perception of their environment and current systems of scientific classification. The book represents elements from both natural and man-made environments with handdrawn icons. Hand-waxed translucent overlays use geometric cut-outs to organize the items according to circle, square and triangle forms. Taxonomy of Shapes introduces a new system of classification in which we find that a mountain is in the same category as a nose, a slice of pie, and a bunch of grapes. Letterpress printed with hand and die cutting in an accordion format. 4″ x 8″ : 13 pages. Edition of 52, 2015. $400.

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by Libby Scarlett

A 19-2 View depicts the artist’s observations of the fifteen balconies she overlooked from her apartment in the east of Amsterdam. After a request to take a photograph and meet a neighbor went by without a single reply, she made up stories of the inhabitants and their surroundings: the things they might have told her had they accepted her offer. Through modular circles cut into the pages, readers get a glimpse of each balcony, beginning with all fifteen illustrations on the first page. Each subsequent page is dedicated to one balcony and its narrative. Letterpress printed and digitally cut, perfect bound in hard covers. 10” x 10” x 3/8” : 40 pages. Edition 50. 2015. $425