Luminice Press ~ Pennsylvania
(Thomas Parker Williams and Mary Agnes Williams)
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Luminice Press is the collaborative work of husband and wife team of Thomas Parker Williams and Mary Agnes Williams. Works are printed on a platen press designed and constructed by Thomas Parker Williams.

Luminice Press: "The printing press, also named the Luminice Press, is a hydraulic-assisted hand press capable of producing 12,000 lbs of total platen pressure on a 10 by 12 inch platen. The bed of the press is a precision ground slab of granite. The press has a unique feature: platen pressure is controlled by high force Belleville springs and a metering system that allows accurate gaging of platen force. This allows printing on many types of papers and other materials with a variety of impression depths."
Other bookworks by Thomas Parker Williams  
A Mariner's Chronicle
Etchings with hand-applied washes
By Thomas Parker Williams
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Luminice Press, 2014. Edition of 10.

8.5 x 12"; pages. Five etchings with hand-applied washes printed on Stonehenge Natural Cover paper. Two-color reduction linocuts. Text printed on the Luminice Press from polymer plates. Book design, illustration, printing and binding by Thomas Parker Williams. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Unless otherwise noted, text adapted by Mary Agnes Williams from "The Mariners' Chronicle: Containing Narratives of the Most Remarkable Disasters at Sea" by Archibald Duncan, published by George W. Gorton, New Haven, 1835".

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A meditation inspired by T'ai Chi

By Thomas Parker Williams and Mary Agnes Williams
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Luminice Press, 2013. Edition of 6.

8 x 9" closed with 4 folding panels extending to 24". Mounted on wooden spine. Laid in 11 x 11.5 x 1.5" custom box. Cover printed from linocuts with Chinese characters for Trees and Tai Chi tipped on. With four-piece stand (assembles to 24" high) for displaying book with panels unfolded and hanger bar to hold book. Images printed from handcut polycarbonate plates. Includes four pinhole photographs, toned silver prints. Text and symbols printed from polymer plates. Concept, design, printing, binding, and box constructions by Thomas Parker Williams. Concept, pinhole photography, text selection, and layout by Mary Agnes Williams. Initialed by both artists. Numbered

Each pinhole photograph is accompanied by a text for meditation based on T'ai Chi – rooted, yielding, balance, flow.

Mary Agnes Williams: "Pinhole photography is apparently simple and direct, but can yield complex images. With no lens or viewfinder, the pinhole camera allows me to explore and create mystery and ambiguity – in many of my photographs the images appear to be emerging from, or about to enter, another time or place. I have used pinhole cameras exclusively for 20 years, traveling throughout the American South, the Chesapeake Bay watershed area, and Italy. The iconic bridge over the Schuylkill River in my Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk has been a constant source of inspiration and pleasure.

"My pinhole photographs are shot with film, black-and-white and color. "

to find the Way
turn back to the roots.
Return to the original One.
Wuzi (ca. 440-381 BC)


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