Ensatina Press ~ California
(Laurie Szujewska)


Laurie Szujewska is a typographer and artist. She makes prints using the mediums of letterforms, words, oil paints, and inks on a Vandercook printing press. She received her masters degree in design from the Yale School of Art, and her bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Broadsides by Szujewska  

A Canine Typographic Whimsy
By Laurie Szujewska
Penngrove, California: Ensatina Press, 2013. Edition of 4 + one AP.

10 x 14"; 6 pages. Accordion fold. Stonehenge paper. Bound in paper-over-board cover with ribbon ties. Large title print on cover. Prints and book signed by the artist.

Laurie Szujewska: "Five waggish typographic monoprints printed letterpress using timeworn wood types and bound into an accordion fold book. Prints are unique to each book."


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Ensatina Press Out of Print Title:  

The Iraqi Bookseller
By Laurie Szujewska
Penngrove, California: Ensatina Press, 2007. Edition of 20.

7.75 x 5.75" closed, unfolds to 15 x 22". A 15 x 22" broadside has been folded into 8 equal sections and attached to the 7.75 x 5.75" boards. Unfolding the broadside provides for three separate page spreads: 11 x 7.5"; 11 x 15"; and 15 x 22". Letterpress printed in red, black, and green inks with timeworn wood types and Univers foundry type on Rives BFK. Bound in paper covered boards

Laurie Szujewska: "This book was created as a follow up to a broadside I created for the Mutanabbi Street Broadside Project in 2007. Both were inspired by an article written by Anthony Shadid for the Washington Post Foreign Service on March 12, 2007, entitled The Bookseller's Story Ending Much Too Soon. Shadid's story is a personal account of the Mutanabbi street bombing told through a reminiscence of his friendship with Mohammed Hayawi, a bookseller on the street, which has served as the heart of Baghdad's intelligentsia for centuries.

"The book features the quote from Mohammed Hayawi used in the original broadside - I challenge anyone to say, what has happened, what is happening now and what will happen in the future - in the context of an excerpt from Shadid's article about Hayawi.

"It is intended to be both a remembrance of Hayawi and a tribute to Shadid's poignant story of his friend. Sadly, as I was finishing the printing of the book, Anthony Shadid died on February 13, 2012, while in Syria covering the uprising there."


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