BlackDog Letterpress
~ Mississippi
(Suzanne Powney)

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BlackDog Letterpress: "Suzanne Powney is a book artist and letterpress printer, founder of BlackDog Letterpress in 2001. She learned her craft from master printers who ran the print shop at the Museum of Printing History in Houston, Texas. She went on to get her MFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Houston while also working as a lecturer teaching letterpress to the undergraduates. She feels with the leaps in technology and the speed of results of on demand printing, there lies a tactile disconnect that she has found in the art printing wood and metal type. She is always investigating the traditional craft of letterpress and book arts as she works in the current technological driven graphic design world. Her work is about tactility and why we are drawn to intimate objects, through images and words."
A Manifesto
By Suzanne Powney
Starkville, Mississippi: BlackDog Letterpress, 2015. Edition of 12.

5.5 x 8.75"; 14 pages including pastedowns. Letterpress printed on Cranes Lettra paper with Caslon Semibold and Franklin Gothic Condensed and found wood type. Printed on a 4T Vandercook. Bound in paper over boards with black book cloth. Slipcased in matching black cloth. Numbered.

Suzanne Powney: "The prototype for A Manifesto developed at Penland, NC as a part of a workshop delving into my personal core values. The edition of 12 printed in Starkville, MS explores craft, tactility and collaboration. For me, the book has three parts that come together around the hand, head and heart. The hand being letterpress craft and making physical connections, the head with connecting ideas with each other through words and the heart being through community and a shared experience. The words play across the pages with images that relate to the three core principles. All three come together around touch."

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