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Make, Shift, Press ~ Colorado
( Julia Seko, Greg Robl, Susan Guinn, Danny Long)

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Make, Shift, Press is a collaboration of four individuals.

Julia Seko is a letterpress printer, book artist, and proprietor of P.S. Press. She co-founded the Book Arts League, a nonprofit letterpress and book arts organization in 1991 and has been adjunct faculty at Naropa University since 1995, where she helped set up their studio. She learned letterpress at the Women's Building in Los Angeles from instructors including Cheri Gaulke and Bonnie Thompson Norman. Most recently she worked with University of Colorado Boulder instructors on The Poetic Table, an artists’ book/installation created by a CU class.

Greg Robl is on the Board of Directors for the Book Arts League. He learned his letterpress skills from his fellow artists at the Book Arts League and now leads occasional classes and workshops at the Book Arts League. He teaches letterpress printing at the University of Colorado Boulder in collaborations with instructors and classes there. He is also a book artist and his work has been featured in two exhibits in Boulder County.

Dr. Susan Guinn-Chipman specializes in late medieval and early modern history and art history, with teaching and research interests centered on topics in visual and material culture, the history of medicine, and the history of the book. For over two decades, she has taught students in these fields and curated collections, most recently at the University of Colorado Boulder. Drawing on her background in printmaking, she is also an amateur letterpress printer and book artist.

Danny Long is an English Teacher at University of Colorado Boulder. He studied English literature at the University of Colorado Boulder and studied English language at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Death of Rats
By Shi Daonan
Lafayette, Colorado: Make, Shift, Press, 2022. Edition of 10 + 2 AP.

3 x 10"; 10 pages. Vertical single sided accordion. Letterpress printed. Handset in Joanna type. Printed on Frankfurt paper. Handbound in blue bookcloth with paper title on front board. Wrapped in chitsu enclosure of blue bookcloth with bone and loop closures. Numbered. Signed by the four artists.

Make, Shift, Press: "We discovered a first-hand account of the Bubonic Plague in 18th-century China, written by the poet Shi Daonan, The account was so vivid and moving that we decided to print an edition of it as a letterpress artist's book."

Colophon: "'Death of Rats' is reprinted herein with gratitude to Carol Benedict, who translated the poem and published it in her 1996 book: 'Bubonic Plague in Nineteenth-Century China'. Susan Guinn of the Blue Nuthatch Press assisted in the preparation of the images for the engravings. Julia Seko of PS Press carefully printed the dragon and the text onto Frankfurt white 120 gsm paper. Danny Long of the Long legs Press provided editorial assistance and aesthetic guidance for the concept. Pui Fong Kan, University of Colorado Boulder faculty, wrote the calligraphy, 'Gratitude' and 'Remembrance' for the engravings that Seko used to print the joss-paper style inserts. Gregory Robl of the Turquoise Dragonfly Press built the chitsu for the edition. The edition of ten copies by the four members of Make, Shift, Press is a not-for-profit publication to support the Book Arts League in Lafayette, Colorado."

Dead rats in the east,
Dead rats in the west! …

A few days following the death of the rats,
Men pass away like falling walls! …

The coming of the demon of pestilence
Suddenly makes the lamp dim, …

$900 (Last 2 copies)


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