SUMMER SIGS by Various Artists
14.5 x 22 cm, 272 pages, Black & White printed with 17 spot colours, Perfect Bound, Hardcover, Hand numbered, Ed. of 100, 2012
Summer Sigs is a series of commissioned artist “signatures” published using non-commercial distribution methods and initiated in part to address a seasonal lull in activity at our press. Although we can’t be sure why summer has traditionally been a slow time for our art publishing practice, we can guess that it is caused by the polarity of climate in the Pacific Northwest and the yearly cycle of productivity and leisure that people tend to adopt as a result.
Starting in early June of 2012, we offered artists a container with a modest form—16 pages, 8.5 by 5.5 inches, saddle stitched, black plus a spot ink of choice—and asked them to fill it with the expression of an idea. We hoped that by limiting the size of the books and the decisions involved in their production, the artists would find the time to create a complete work with clarity and rigor. We encouraged projects that embraced and took advantage of these limitations.