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Singing of Fruit

(November 2, 2010---Johnstown, PA.) --Director Theresa Gay Rohall announces that the "Wonderful Whimsy" exhibit, November 19 through December 31, will host the premier of a collaborative work, "Edition #19 a Gallery Book," by Kate Sewalk, Martha Murphy and James R. Page. Sewalk is writer, printer and bookbinder; Murphy the artist; and Page is designer of the hanging mobile.

     Edition #19" is one copy of Singing of Fruit, a limited edition art book printed in 20 copies and published by Tunnel Press, Ltd., ISBN: 0-941461-23-8. Sewalk, who operates Laurel Ridge Studios explains, "Wall art, sculpture or media are enhanced in an exhibit environment. Showcasing books presents a challenge because books are usually exhibited in cases or under glass which prevents the audience from the natural touch, intimacy, and delight of a handmade book experience. Deconstructing Edition #19 from a bound form and morphing it into a "gallery book" enables the reader to walk through its pages. The colors, textures, and relief printing of every page are there to savor--at eye level. The hanging mobile by Page creates a fluid movement where the pages spin and dance like little whirling dervishes--free and unbound over a 20-foot expanse in the gallery. I am not aware of any gallery which has exhibited a book in this format or of this scale. Johnstown truly has a 'first'. This collaborative art form unleashes the beauty and  synergy of  ten disciplines: writing, typography, letterpress, pen and ink illustration, engraving, etching, water color, bookbinding, box making, and metal work sculpture."

     As a limited edition  Singing of Fruit showcases the traditional book arts of letterpress printing and hand bookbinding. A collection of 27 poems, by Kate Sewalk, with Chinese translations and introduction by Guicang Li, and Japanese translations by Mineo Moritani; are accompanied by pen and ink illustrations with watercolor, by Martha Murphy. The translation add another typographic element and beauty to every page. The books are letterpress printed, wet, in 13 hand mixed colors on BFK Rives 100% rag paper. Murphy's botanical illustrations are reproduced as relief etchings, and each page is water colored. Books are hand sewn and bound in Japanese silk hard cover bindings and housed in custom hand made book boxes covered in Japanese silks and faced with Thai infusion papers. Sewalk and Murphy have collaborated on mixed media projects and Tunnel Press, Ltd. publications since 1994.


Laurel Ridge Studios is dedicated to preserving the traditional book arts of letterpress printing and hand bookbinding. The studio houses a 19th Century letterpress print shop and bindery and creates private commission works of museum and archival quality.



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