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Emanon Press ~ New Jersey
(Debra Weier)

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Helen Schwartz, Art Review: Gruss Gallery, “In much of [Debra] Weier’s work the book has evolved into a more structurally intricate version of its original form. Sometimes there are no words. Rather these books are containers for designs and ideas — turning pages means releasing sculptural forms — complex narrations of color and structure. Other times, the basic construction of the book is used as a platform on which to build new ways of saying and showing at the same time — works in which surface construction becomes an integral part of the story.”

Michael Finnegin
By Debra Weier
Princeton, New Jersey: Emanon Press, 2015. One-of-a-Kind.

10 x 13"; 32 pages. 12 double-page pop-ups. Accordion binding. Bound in paper over boards. Laid in box with sloped bottom. Signed and dated by the artist.

Debra Weier: "The binding is unusual in that it has an accordion structure to allow for expansion for popouts. The structure is multi-colored and a design element in itself. The title comes from a childhood song."

There was an old man
Named Michael Finnegan
He had whiskers
On his chin-ne-gan
The wind blew them off
And blew them on again
Poor old Michael Finnegan, Begin Again …



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By Paul Muldoon
designed and illustrated by Debra Weier
Princeton, New Jersey: Emanon Press, 2011
Edition of 50 (45 for sale + 5 hors commerce)

7 x 10”; 24 pages.

Colophon: Epithalamium, a wedding poem by Paul Muldoon, was designed, printed, and bound by Debra Weier of Emanon Press. Bodoni Book 12 point was handset on Arches Cover and Canson Mi Teintes and printed on a SP20 Vandercook Proof Press. Debra marbled the endpapers on Thai Unryu, which accompany the poem with seven collagraphs, two embossments, nine popouts, a linocut and a line plate.”

Non-adhesive exposed spine binding with white paper over boards. Embossed knot on the front cover. Laid in blue cloth dropback box. Signed and numbered by both artists.

An epithalamium is a wedding poem, often in praise of the bride and bridegroom and praying for their prosperity. This version by Paul Muldoon is accompanied by pop outs and string designs by Debra Weier.

Each of the seven verses claims its own page and is nestled in its own pop out, and each pop out symbolizes its respective verse through its structure. The idea of a marriage blessing begins with the embossed wedding knot on the cover. The thread weaves in and out of the popups, holding them in place as well as being an extension of the binding. "Paul Muldoon web site: Paul Muldoon was born in 1951 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and educated in Armagh and at the Queen's University of Belfast. From 1973 to 1986 he worked in Belfast as a radio and television producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation. Since 1987 he has lived in the United States, where he is now Howard G. B. Clark '21 Professor at Princeton University. In 2007 he was appointed Poetry Editor of The New Yorker. Between 1999 and 2004 he was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, where he is an honorary Fellow of Hertford College."

His awards include the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Pulitzer Prize.

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Emanon Press Out of Print Title:  
Rise and Fall
By Debra Weier
Princeton, New Jersey: Emanon Press, 2008. One-of-a-Kind.

12.75 x 10"; 24 pages. 12 double-page pop-ups. Title handprinted in green by the artist on the first page. Signed and dated by the artist on the back page. Gray paper wrappers. Laid in green cloth dropback box.

Rise and Fall is a string and paper one-of-a-kind pop-up book by Debra Weier.

The book has two levels of rising and falling. The twelve pop-ups rise and fall with each opening, and the general thrust of the book rises and falls as the pop-outs increase in complexity from the first until the eighth and then quickly become less and less complex. Almost a paper-and-string correlative of a wave.
$2,400 (SOLD)

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What Have We Ever Possessed
By Debra Weier
Princeton, New Jersey: Emanon Press, 2017. One-of-a-Kind.

13 x 20"; 26 pages. 12 double page pop-ups. Collage. Signed and dated by the artist. Laid in a cloth covered clamshell box.

Debra Weier: "In this book I have continued to mine the scraps of poetry from other books I have published. My flat files are full of odd scraps and leftovers from other artworks that I routinely resurrect for new projects. This book uses a poem from one of my earlier books that explores the idea of possessions. Scraps of 'found' poetry are integrated with visual images that either conceal words or display them, creating a new visual poem with collage."

What have we ever possessed
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