Published June 8, 2010 by Molly
Holy smokes, Ditto Press is so cool we could plotz. The UK-based independent publisher produces the most beautiful books imaginable using Risograph technology (do we sense a growing sector of Risograph devotees?) and incredible bookbinding techniques. The shop and blog are practically epilepsy-inducing in its variety and desirability, offering books that range on topics including academia, fine art, photography, popular culture, literature and poetry. Zoinks? Zoinks.
Selected highlights include a revisited Edgar Allen Poe story (designed and produced in-house), prints by WLYS favorite Jiro Bevis, a limited edition book by Joseph Clayton Mills, “Herschel’s Telescope”, a 2-color riso printing for Laurence Barber with exposed-sewn single page sections and 9 digitally produced gate-folded inserts…and so much more.
Published March 22, 2010 by Molly
Shopping is only fun if you can find something truly worth spending money on, and that task is a tough one to undertake these days. Luckily, Art in the Age exists as a perfect antidote to mall fatigue.
The site takes its title (and philosophy) from on an essay by the German cultural theorist Walter Benjamin, who mourned the loss of “the aura” of objects as a consequence of mass production lessening the spiritual value of its commodities. (You might have to read that sentence twice—we’re tryna distill an entire essay into a sentence, so, you know. Some stuff is lost in translation. The full essay is here, scholars!)
ANYHOW, Art in the Age sees Benjamin’s essay as the spark of inspiration to form a beautiful collection of well-crafted and aura-filled products. Some examples include letterpressed notecards, zines, this incredible Edgar Allen Poe alliteration print, books by Elizabeth Peyton and so much more. Start emptying your piggy bank!
Published March 1, 2010 by Molly
Penny Davenport cites as inspiration the poetry of Ted Hughes, traditional animation and medieval images of animals. We also see whiffs of Edgar Allen Poe (sensibility-wise) and Edward Gorey (cross-hatching wise) in her fanciful illustrations.
Make no mistake: Davenport’s originality is not under dispute. Her images have the uncommon quality of being both highly specific and adaptable to seemingly any genre. Gazing at the warped birds, half-zebras, grasping frogs and still-eyed humans, you can easily imagine the images framed on a gallery wall, illustrating a fairy tale, animating a short film or hidden away in an attic. Any way you call it, they are treasures.