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Lauren Emeritz~ Washington D.C.
(Abstract Orange)

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Lauren Emeritz

 

Abstract Orange Press is run by Lauren Emeritz, a graphic designer, letterpress printer, and book artist. She creates prints and books by hand using a Vandercook press and wood type, including type she designs and carves herself.

 


Declaration of Human Rights
Designed & Printed by Lauren Emeritz
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2020. Edition of 20.

28 x 18 cm; 31 cardboard sheets (Title page plus 30 loose leaves). Text printed in dark blue ink. Page numbers printed in orange ink on bottom right of each card. Housed in blue cardstock trifold with velcro closure. Tittle printed on cover in blue ink. Signed and numbered by the artist.

This piece printed and designed by Lauren Emeritz is based on the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 1948. Emeritz printed excerpts from the Declaration with her usual attention to detail - color, type, layout and material. She created the prints by hand using traditional printing presses and typographic forms combined with some modern techniques. She begins with article 01 "ALL HUMANS ARE FREE & EQUAL" and ends with article 30 "NO ONE MAY DENY THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS".

The portfolio of prints is a testament to her internship in letterpress design at Hatch Show Print in Nashville, Tennessee in 2017. The Hatch Show Print has a history of printing broadsides with a style of simplicity, “the effortless balance between type size and style”.

EVERYONE IS
ENTITLED
TO THE SAME
RIGHTS &
FREEDOMS

$700

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Leaves of Grass.
By Walt Whitman
Abstract Orange Edition
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2019. Edition of 36.

5.25 x 7.25" case bound box with foldout to form triptych. Text and image letterpress printed. Designed and printed by Lauren Emeritz. Signed and numbered by the artist.

"Leaves of Grass, Abstract Orange Edition" was published on May 31, 2019 in celebration of Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday.

Lauren Emeritz: “"The book explores ideas central to Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass including transcendentalism, or the inherent goodness of nature, and realism, depicting familiar things as they are. It captures both the complexity and simplicity of nature by juxtaposing dimensional paper grass texture and a quote about nature and wonder. The book is not a reprinting of all of Whitman's words but an art object that encapsulates the feeling of Whitman."

Although the box opens like a traditional book it becomes a triptych. The focus is the center which is a “shadow box” with several rows of cut green paper of various shades to resemble blades of grass. The box of grass is sided with a portrait of Whitman on the left with quote “All seems beautiful to me.” On the right is a quote from “Song of Myself” with a large 200 printed in the bottom right corner.
$650

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Hand Carved Numbers
By Lauren Emeritz
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2017. Edition of 20.

5.25 x 7"; 24 unnumbered pages including back pastedown. Accordion structure extending from the back pastedown. Four upward fold out double pages. Drawn, hand-carved, designed, printed and bound by Lauren Emeritz. Letters carved out of linoblock, pine and basswood. Letterpress printed using a Vandercook on Strathmore printmaking paper. Bound in blue cloth covers with title in red gilt on front cover. Signed and numbered by the artist. Fine.

Lauren Emeritz: "When I letterpress now, I use a combination of techniques. For small text and logos I usually use polymer. For hand-drawn type I usually carve linoleum or wood blocks. Each process has its advantages and I try to be intentional in my process, using the one that will best suit my goals for the project.."

For this project Emeritz used hand carved numbers. One number (from 1-9, followed by 0) is printed from a hand-carved letterpress block on the recto of each page. Numbers are printed in orange, blue, black and blind. A line of squares in the corresponding number is stamped in blind on the verso of each page for numbers 1-9."
$375

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Hand Carved Numbers [Miniature]
By Lauren Emeritz
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2017. Edition of 100.

1.75 x 2"; 24 unnumbered pages including back pastedown. Accordion structure extending from the back pastedown. Drawn, hand-carved, designed, printed and bound by Lauren Emeritz. Letter press printed. Case bound in blue cloth with title in orange on cover and spine. Signed and numbered by the artist.

This is the miniature version of Lauren Emeritz’s larger format edition of numbers. One number (from 1-9, followed by 0) is printed from a hand-carved letterpress block on the recto of each page. Numbers are printed in orange, blue, black and blind. A line of squares in the corresponding number is stamped in blind on the verso of each page for numbers 1-9.
$100

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Hand-Carved Alpha-Bet.
By Lauren Emeritz
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2016. Edition of 20.

5 x 7”; 29 leaves with the 29th as the back pastedown. Accordion format extending from back pastedown. Drawn, hand-carved, designed, printed and bound by Lauren Emeritz. Letters carved out of linoblock, pine, basswood and plywood. Letterpress printed using a Vandercook on Lettra 200 paper. Bound in orange cloth with title stamped on front top right corner of cover. Colophon printed on rear pastedown. Signed and numbered by the artist.

In blazing orange Emeritz created an alphabet by hand carving the letters then printing on her Vandercook press. She printed using her favorite color of orange with each letter having its own page.

Lauren Emeritz: "I live in DC, so there is lots of cool artsy stuff. I love the Smithsonian Art Museums, the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress — they have so much amazing art and printed pieces! The Library of Congress was on my bucket list for a number of years. I finally made it there for an American Printing History Association (APHA) event. It was awesome and now I try to go back every couple of months.

"I made a Hand-Carved Alphabet book that I sold to the Library of Congress. ,,, It was one of the most exciting and validating events in my life. I started the project several years earlier without any particular goals or directions. Through a series of events, the book ended up in a show on a table next to works by Edward Gorey and Frederic Goudy! As a type nerd, Goudy has a special place in my heart!"
$500

Hand-Carved Alpha-Bet. book
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Hand-Carved Alpha-Bet [Miniature]
By Lauren Emeritz
Washington DC: Abstract Orange, 2016. Edition of 300.

29 pages; 1.75 x 2”. Case-Bound. Accordion extending from the back pastedown. Mulberry paper hinges. Letterpress printed. Bound in orange cloth boards with title on front cover. Signed and numbered by the artist.

This is the miniature version of Emeritz’s large format edition of “Hand-Carved Alpha-Bet”. As with the larger version the miniature alphabet book was printed with letters that were hand carved in wood by the artist. Each letter is a capital letter printed in orange.
$100

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