The Alphabet of My Phobias

Words by Maia Vidal
Book design by Kumi Korf
Ithaca, New York: Kumi Korf, 2012. Edition of 20 + 2 AP.

Size: book cover – 8.1 x 11.375x .75" closed; book -7.5" x 11" closed, 7.5" x 25" extended; box - 8.5 x 12 x 1.25" closed. Materials: Akatosashi paper, Masa waxed paper, Denril, Stainless steel wire, silk thread and book cloth. Techniques: intaglio prints and silk screen printing. Text set and silk-screened in Garamond typeface by Roberto Silva Ortiz. Intaglio prints by Kumi Korf at Printmaking Center in Ithaca. Binding: Accordion Pleats, stepped. Pages were sewn into valleys of accordion folds with pamphlet stitching. Concept, design and binding by Kumi Korf. Numbered.

"The Alphabet of My Phobias" features verses by Maia Vidal from her CD God is My Bike (2011). Each page is a triangle that folds out to reveal the meaning for that letter of the alphabet. The introductory verse by Vidal lets the reader know that this is not necessarily going to be a fun and happy reading - alphabetically speaking. "I want to write a song about the words that I cut out of my verbal repertoire." She gives us "words I cannot say in hopes they go away" such as Abortion and Climate Change. The accordion fold allows the pages to be pulled out into a longer visual panorama of letters, paper, and color.