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Flower Cabin

Flower Cabin is a fecund little book, a story by Jeff Grimes translated to the Chinese by Cain Zhang. Thoughtful and idiosyncratic typesetting was done by Cameron Leggett amid a cheering crowd and dodging the perils of multiple editors in two languages. The book was designed by Jeff, Sophia Kidd, Cameron, and Fiona. Cameron fractured his elbow during the print run, so Jeff and a kind neighbor stepped in to lift the heavy chase to the C&P and take some of the physical burdens. The project thrived in frenzy to be completed in little over three weeks for the “Bad” exhibit curated by Sophia at Art City Ventura.

Other photos of the book can be viewed amid Jeff’s writing projects.

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printing from pebbles

Spooner’s Cove at Montana De Oro is a pile of beauteous pebbles inclining into the sea between incredible rock formations. The best way to enjoy it is by lying down and looking closely and the little rocks and gems. My favorite is jade. Sprawled out on the  beach together, our family passes rocks around and deposits all the standouts in a bottle. Since our last trip we’ve kept a bowl of them on the coffee table as an object of contemplation.


When Kevin Carman told Cam he wanted to make calling cards, it’s no surprise to me that the pebbles came to mind. Kevin is a mosaic artist among other things and has meticulously and soulfully evaluated many rocks.


We decided to press the rocks into printmaking paper. Kevin laid them out and glued them to a linoleum block.


We put the block on the bed of the Vandercook and decided not to use ink or paint. The test run on a remnant of a John Charles Shippey woodblock print was very encouraging.

We used Stonehenge fawn and Rives BFK gray. Cam set type and printed the text on the C&P Pilot. In the end we opted for no ink at all and left the shading to the play of light around the impression.

Art City is deep.