Florida Artists’ Book Prize
Compiled and edited by James A. Findlay
[“Letterpress printed handmade paper, acrylic painted dowel rods; Euphorbia Milii branches, hemp cord, antique wig stand. – #1 of an edition of 3. – Artist’s statement]
[“The book consists of punctured Fabriano paper bound with a vellum cover. The pin-hole size punctures form the words of the poem. -- #1 of an edition of 2. – Artist’s statement]
[“This book is a reminder that during our darkest moments, we must be aware of our inner SELF, and add color to our lives. It is a colorful book juxtaposed with shocking text. The photographs were manipulated to a point in which they become unrecognizable, in order to draw the viewer in and for them to relate to the images – showing that this could be anybody.” – Artist’s statement. – “This book is a reminder that during our darkest moments, we must be aware of our inner self, and add color to our lives.” – Colophon. – Materials: “The book was bound using a simple stitch pattern and sticks. The original photographs were digitally scanned, posterized, and inkjet printed on conventional white paper towels. The box is handmade – wrapped with silkscreen printed fabric. The typeface used is Courier Medium. – Colophon. -- #3 or an edition of 6]
[Untitled]. – [ Miami, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork ( leaves of acetate); 21.5 x 14 cm.
[“Piece reflecting on the use of backscatter technology that is to be used in our airports. It raises questions such as what we are stripping (our clothes or our rights)? – Artist’s statement. – Materials: vellum and inkjet prints on acetate]
Casuso, Martin E.
Gabriel-Burn Book, Vol. 3 / Martin E. Casuso. – [ Miami, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork (unpaged); 26.5 x 18 cm. (dia.)
[“This edition is third in a trilogy of books designed to burn as a small homage to my late brother Gabriel. The first two, similarly made, with a piano hinge binding on incense sticks contained scans of photos of, and childhood drawings, by my brother. This final edition is similarly made of scanned photos but is this time accompanied with scans of diary entries, letters, doodles, drawings, postcards; again by him or sent to him. Chronologically it picks up where volume two left off: when Gabriel was about eight, and continues until his death at thirty-two. The pages are not arranged in a time line. But I do feel that running ones fingers, or the bamboo stick that is the book’s key, along the fore-edge of the book block does give a surprisingly clear picture of a man who lived a vital, happy, complex and ultimately too short life.” – Artist’s statement. – “Bound using a piano hinge binding on incense sticks. Images and text from artists’ archives, scanned on an HP Scanjet 4300C and printed don 32lb. HP Brillian White Laserjet paper using an HP Deskjet 952C. -- #2 of an edition of 2.” – Colophon
El Rey Moro: a ghost story / by Alina Cruz (with apologies to Jack). – [ Miami, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork ( p.); 14 x 11 cm.
[“Ghost story” – title on cover. – “This book developed from a photo I took while touring [I am a 2 nd year law student. This trip to Spain was during the course of a study abroad trip, summer 2005] the house of “El Rey Moro” in Rhonda, Spain. The first shot on the last page is the actual shot. The others are “enhanced” in Photoshop to focus on the ghosts. Printed on card stock on a laser printer and hand sewn with metallic polyester thread. Glued with acid free hinge tape. An edition of five] – Artist’s statement]
Give me the splendid, silent sun with all its beams full dazzling… / Poem by Walt Whitman; calligraphy and artwork by Gloria Eckart. – [Plantation, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork ( p. + ribbon tie); 22 x 13 x 1 cm.
[“Accordion fold book written in walnut ink on Arches Text woven paper. I used a micron pen for the outlines and water color on the drawings. Acrylic paint for the paste paper covers, which are also on Arches Text woven. – An edition of three. – Artist’s statement]
Figueredo, Pedro Angel
Private constellations / by Pedro Angel Figueredo. – Miami Beach, FL: The Artist,  – 1 bookwork (unpaged); in plastic box with two rhinestone studded cushions; 16 x 24.5 x 2 cm.
[Materials: paper and ink, laser prints of transparency, rhinestones, fabric, acrylic/plastic. – #1 of an edition of 2]
Celestial hitchhikers / by Ke Francis. – [ Orlando, FL: Hoopsnake Press, 2005] – 1 bookwork (unpaged; includes fold-out map in back pocket); 32.5 x 24 x 2.5 cm.
[“…printed at two locations. The first proofs were printed at the University of Memphis by Ke Francis, Larry Cooper, and an enthusiastic group of student volunteers. The final proofs and the edition were done at Hoopsnake Press in Orlando, Florida. The text was printed on a Vandercook proofing press from photopolymer plates and hot-lead type which was cast by the artist. The typeface used for the Kerouac map and the monument work is ten-point Excelsior. Franklin and Linotype Spartan were used in that section for notes, titles, and quotes. The text of the story and the introduction were set in ten, twelve, and fourteen-point Helvetica. All of the images were printed by direct methods: lithography from bi-metal plates, woodcuts from wooden blocks, and photopolymer plates from Adobe Photoshop drawings. The paper upon which the text and images are printed is Arches Text Laid. A selection of handmade Indian and Japanese papers was used in binding selected books from the edition to be used as presentation copies. The binding was done by Larry Cooper of Gardyloo Handmade Books in Orlando, Florida. Larry Cooper and Ke Francis started this project in 1994. Four wives, seven cars, five moves, and four jobs later it was finished. During that period, the university that commissioned the work changed its name. Some projects just go on and on. This books is number 21 of an edition of fifty books. Key Francis; Larry Cooper [signed in pencil] Ke Francis; Larry Cooper. – Colophon]
Johnson, Linda K.
Oscar Wilde’s: “The Nightingale and the rose” / Illustrated and printed by Linda K. Johnson. – [ Ft. Lauderdale, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork ( p. + slip case); 37 x 28 x 1.5 cm.
[In slip case. – “…Text was set in Belwe Light 12 point type. The pages were printed on a Vandercook Model 4 proof press from photopolymer plates. The text paper is Rives heavyweight. Pochoir illustrations were hand rendered in watercolor. Bound by an exposed sewn bind with cloth hard covers. The book is housed in a brocade slip case. This edition was created in year Two thousand and five. [signed] Linda K. Johnson. This book is number 14 or an edition of 25. – Colophon]
Kremer, Leila Leder
Mujeni: phase II / Leila Leder Kremer. – [ Miami Beach, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork (unpaged); 23 x 15 x 1.5 cm.
[“Homogenic words and images, documenting the demise of a pink building at the corner of NE 9 th Street and Miami Avenue. Downtown Miami, December 2004 and January 2005.” – Introduction. – “A serpentine book is an unusual book to read, in that it does not open in the same manner as a “normal” codex style book. This diagram will assist the first time reader in decoding the order of the pages, as well as folding the book when it has been opened all the way. The two books together are mujo-Mujeni phase two…” – “This book is printed on Rives BFK using a HP DesignJet 500. Photography and graphic design by Leila Leder Kremer. This book is laid out in Photoshop 7.0. The font is Garamond. This book is an edition twenty.” – Colophon
Coral / [by Marie Marcano]. – [ Miami Beach, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork (unpaged); 55 x 37 x 16 cm.
[“Living in font of the ocean has made a strong impact in my work. Water, in a constant process of movement, interests me, as example for renovation. Beneath the sea, a magnificent world breathes. South Florida possesses a vast coast, abundant in fauna and flora. Corals are the combination of both living things. Florida’s coral reef extends from near Miami to Key West. Its life is as rich as it is fragile. Direct or indirect human impact is causing coral bleaching, which means coral’s death. My book represents a bleached coral. The fragile skeleton lies beneath the water. Its empty pages remain open for their writing to be restored.” – “Materials: Ceramics, thread, red lava rock, water, glass container.” – Artist’s statement]
Love never dies / Lea Nickless. – [ Miami, FL]: Palimpsest Press, 2005.
1 bookwork (tunnel book); 14 x 18 x 1.5 cm.
[“Inkjet print on Epson matte heavy-weight paper and unbleached muslin boards.” – Artist’s statement -- #1 of an edition of 5]
Said a sheet of snow-white paper… / [by Hanne Niederhausen] – [ Boca Raton, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork (unpaged);  rolled slips of paper;  square stick of chalk; in slipcase ; 9 x 13 x 2 cm.
[In slip case. – Khalil Gibran poem written in pencil on the  rolled slips of paper. – “This book was inspired by a poem by Khalil Gibran… When I came across this poem by chance, I was very moved by it. Finding the right concept and structure to present it, preserving its unassuming and humble nature was the challenge. An almost empty box of white soft chalks occurred to be the right answer. Rebuilding it with pure white paper and filling it with rolled up pages of white paper seemed to be appropriate. On one of the pages the viewer will eventually discover the poem. – Artist’s statement. – Materials: white paper, Strathmore Bristol for the box, chalk. -- #1 of an edition of five]
Relics of war / Mimi Shapiro. – Lancaster, PA: The Artist,  – 1 bookwork (unpaged) + decorated wooden box + matchbook edition; 21.5 x 18 x 1 cm.
[“Xerox copy of original artwork on handmade paper. Book opens out in accordion fold. Contains original poem. Housed in a wooden box, which includes matchbook edition. Edition of 5 – Artist’s statement
Shuster, Tennille Davis
Unearthed / [Tennille Davis Shuster; text by Edna St. Vincent Milay] – [ Oakland Park, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork (unpaged); 29 x 22.5 x 6 cm.
[“Letterpress printed pineapple leaf handmade paper, palm fronds. -- #1 of an edition of 3 – Artist’s statement]
Virgin, Thomas Brian
Leila… times thirteen / by Thomas Brian Virgin. – [ Miami, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork ( p.); 24 x 24 x 2.5 cm.
[“This book is born of spending the best part of the last eighteen months in the company of an artesian well full of ideas. Thirteen prints of Leila tied themselves together into this little peek into the well. Yes, Leila, I noticed. Thank you very much. Thomas Brian Virgin, 2005. [signed in pencil]. – #1 of an edition of 20. – Introduction. – “This book is created in Adobe Photoshop CS and Adobe Pagemaker 7.0. The thirteen linoleum cut prints were created specifically for this book, photographed digitally and scaled for digital reproduction. The fonts used are Americana and Blossomy from T.26. The book is printed on Arches Cover Black and Arches 88 with a HP DesignJet 500 Printer. The structure is a dos- á-dos binding that opens seven pages to the left and six pages to the right, with pop-ups on each page, for a total of thirteen pages.” – Colophon]
[“I worked in collaboration with a friend who wrote the text of the book, which mainly deals with troubled kids and teenagers looking for a WAY OUT of their problems and in search for attention. I intentionally designed this book and used photographs that give a sense of being trapped. This book shows my interest in social awareness and cultural issues.” – Artist’s statement. – “This is a folded fore edge book, bound by a simple concertina fold, and vinyl hard cover with metal eyelets and leather lace. The original black and white photographs were digitally scanned, equalized, posterized, and inkjet printed on Heavy Card Stock paper. The endpaper is handmade with black ink. The typeface used is Courier Medium.-- … This is book 8 or an edition of 25.” – Colophon. – “Special thanks to Francisco Perrone, who played an important role in the creation of this book.” – verso of Colophon]
Broadfoot, Linda L.
Insecta / [by] Linda L. Broadfoot; tale by A.S. Byatt. – [ Atlantic Beach, FL]: The Artist, 2005. 1 bookwork; (text:  p., col. ill.; + portfolio of six signatures, each with five miniature Polaroid prints) + wooden box; 23 x 33 x 6.5 cm.
[“INSECTA is a modern day Cabinet of Wonders. The book contains thirty prints made from original hand-worked 20” x 24” Polaroid image transfers produced at the Polaroid Studio in New York, of insects selected from the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. A.S. Byatt’s masterful Victorian fairy tale, “Things Are Not What They Seem,” from Angels and Insects, accompanies the images as a numinous guide to viewing these wonders of nature. – Artist’s statement. – “In the spring of 2001, I began to borrow insect specimens from the Florida State Collection of Arthropods. Carefully transporting this delicate cargo to New York, I used the Polaroid 20 x 24 Studio to make large image transfers of my subjects. I was working with an alternative photographic process – after the initial exposure, the image is transferred to watercolor paper, and then refined by hand to mute portions of its surface. The final piece is titled with the specimen’s Latin name, in the tradition of ars botanica. Selecting from more than 60 originals, I chose the work enclosed in this book to make small prints on fine art paper for these pages. … – Process & Intent, from last paste down of wooden box. – “Centaur and Arrighi types were cast and set by Michael and Winifred Bixler. A.S. Byatt’s text was printed on Hahnem ü hle’s Biblio. The images were printed by the artist on Crane’s Museo paper using Ultrachrome Inks and are enclosed in silk organza pockets mounted on Hahnem ü hle’s Copperplate. Line drawings were rendered by Sarah Crooks Flaire. Ann Marie Kennedy made the paper for the end sheets and for the box. The portfolio was constructed by Julie Leonard and is housed in a Schmitt insect box. The text was printed by the artist on a Vandercook Universal III Press in Skaneateles, New York with the kindness and guidance of Michael and Winifred Bixler in the fall of 2004 in an edition of fifty. In your hand is copy number 12 [of an edition of fifty. signed] Linda L. Broadfoot, 2005] – Colophon]
Casuso, Martin E.
Smile / Martin E. Casuso. – [Miami, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork ( p.); 8 x 20.5 x 1 cm.
[“Bound using a Japanese stab binding. Images from a 1963 S&HGreen Stamps catalogue, unknown photographer, scanned with a HP Scanjet 4300C and printed on OfficeMax Premium Coated Canvas using a HP Deskjet 952C. Text is the song Somewhere/A Girl from the musical West Side Story, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, music by Leonard Bernstein. #1 of an edition of 3.” – Colophon. – Materials: Printable canvas, sail maker’s waxed twine. – Artist’s statement
Absence of place / by Xavier Cortada. – [ Miami, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork ([ii, 44] leaves of plates); 23 x 29 x 9 cm.
[“This book was printed on heavy yellow card stock (to evoke the feeling of vintage postcards). The book was bound using materials from the building industry (e.g.: dry-wall screen, pipe clamps, bolts). Photo images (taken by the artist) and text were originally exhibited in installation at OMNIART 3 (during Art Basel 2005). … “ – Artist’s statement. -- An edition of 10
Dunleavy, Kathleen A.
What did you say? / graphics and text by Kathleen A. Dunleavy. – Plantation, FL: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork ( leaves of plates + slipcase); 23.5 x 26 x 1.5 cm.
[“Ink and colored pencil on paper. Cloth and board binding with ceramic button and ribbon. #1 of an edition of 2. – Artist’s statement]
Back formation : distant / Karen Esteves. – [ Boca Raton, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork (unpaged, accordion folded) + portfolio case; 22.5 x 19 x 8 cm.
[Contents: “ Budapest, Hungary; Berlin, Germany; Florence, Italy; Grosse Glockner, Austria; Long Island, New York; New York City, New York; Orlando, Florida; Paris, France. – “Typeface: Myriad & Courier New. – Paper: 80 lbs. color cover copy; MAC-G4; Epson R1800; Photoshop CS; Illustrator 10. – Colophon. – [signed in pencil] K. Esteves. -- #2 or an edition of three]
Gould, Susan Price
Every tree / [Susan Price Gould. – [ Boynton Beach, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork (unpaged) + slipcase; 32.5 x 31. x 1 cm.
[“All my artistic life I have been obsessed with the TREE. It is, to me, one of nature’s most incredible wonders. Not just because of its infinite and beautiful varieties, but for all the functions the tree performs: providing shelter and shade, food and flowers, preventing erosion, cleaning the air. The tree provides me with endless design challenges. It can be very complex or as simple as a few strokes of the pen. I admit that the format of this “book” has taken on a life of its own but, I hope the images convey the uniqueness of trees and the spirits that reside within them in every season of the year. Color xerographic components of my original designs, borders & text are mounted on four colors of card stock and then heavy weight textured Strathmore black paper. #1 of an edition of 2.— Artist’s statement]
Gould, Susan Price
Reaching for spring / Susan Price Gould. – [ Boynton Beach, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork (unpaged) + box; 28 x 25. x 1 cm.
[“The main theme, “reaching for spring”, was created during an especially long, cold winter in the northeast. Because of the complexity of the designs used in this book, its physical actual format is quite simple. The elements of this book are from my original painting and additional design motifs and have been brought together and rearranged into this format with the addition of text. The visual components are xerographic copies of my original work mounted on soft white watercolor paper. #1 of an edition of two. – Artist’s statement]
Johnson, Linda K.
They said. – [ Ft. Lauderdale, FL]: The Artist,  – 1 bookwork (unpaged) + pink ribbon tie; 23 x 23 x 2.5 cm.
[“… an autobiographical story about the life changing experience that is breast cancer. The book is designed with a quilt like structure. The text is letterpress printed from handset metal and wood type on 100% cotton cloth. The squares/pages are attached to 1 ply boards and sewn together. The pages fold out to form a quilt. One side of the book delineates my journey through the disease. The other side represents the journey of 64 women. Edition size: #2 or 8. – Colophon]
The dream / Charlotte Maloney. – [ Coconut Creek, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork (unpaged) + slipcase; 35 x 20.5 x 4 cm.
[“Inspired by an Edgar Allen Poe poem, “Dreams”. – 140 lb. hotpress watercolor paper Arches, painted inks and water colors. – Artist’s statement]
Wilma: the hurricane & melencolia / by Charlotte Maloney. – [ Coconut Creek, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork (unpaged) + box; 22 x 22 x 2.5 cm.
[“This book was created on 140 lb. hotpress watercolor paper. It’s a unique fold inspired by other artists’ books. – Artist’s statement]
Beautiful explosion. – [ Ft. Lauderdale, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork ( leaves of plates) + Plexiglas stand; 29.5 x 21 x 1 cm.
[Materials: watercolor, gouache, ink, acetate, plexi. – #1 of an edition of two]
Imagining Don Quixote / by Alberto Meza. – [ Miami, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork (unpaged); 64.5 x 50 x 5.5 cm.
[“Portfolio type book. Binder made out of hand-made paper, leather and wood. The prints were printed on Arches paper. The book consists of 2 woodcuts, 20 Dry point etchings, 8 soft ground etchings, and 1 mezzotint. The book is an edition of 2 portfolio binders. The prints are variable in size but they are printed on a paper measuring 15” x 20”. The book is a celebration of the 400 th anniversary of the publication of Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. In 1605, Miguel de Cervantes created the immortal literary character of Don Quixote. Four centuries ago, for reasons still under debate, a quiet country squire nearing fifty decides to become a knight errant and ride armored through the world righting all manner of wrongs. “Imaging Don Quixote” is an attempt to revive Don Quixote’s adventures through the visual process of prints.” – Artist’s statement]
Caution / [by] H. Niederhausen. – [ Boca Raton, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork (unpaged); 28.5 x 13 x 2.5 cm.
[“After the 2004 hurricane season my town seemed to be wrapped with yellow-black caution band. I went out many times with my camera trying to capture the mood, at the same time getting hooked by the seemingly endless possible close-up views of the tangled and knotted tape. This book offers a glimpse into this changed environment signaling alertness and caution. … The structure is a star book, in this case a triple layer accordion fold book, which can be viewed in a normal codex fashion or opened up into a complete circle, radiating into a star, and held together by yellow ribbon ties.” – Artist’s statement. – Materials: “The back layer is a collagraph printed on Rives BFK, the two layers of cut-out photographs are inkjet printed on Hahnem ühle Photo Matte, the cover paper is Hahnem ühle Ingres. -- #2 of an edition of three]
Patterson, Brenda Joyce [and] Suzanne Roth
Soothsaying / Brenda Joyce Paterson and Suzanne Roth, in collaboration. – Lakeland, FL: The Artists, 2005. – 1 bookwork ( leaves); 28.5 x 29.5 1.5 cm.
[“Whatman watercolor paper, torn and stained; vellum; Epson heavy weight inkjet brite white; suede lace; and deer horn and wood button; tie-dyed rice paper. #1 of an edition of three. – Artist’s statement]
What if the whole story of live is still being written… / Mimi Shapiro. – Lancaster, PA: The Artist,  – 1 bookwork (16 p.); 13 x 10.5 cm.
[Cover title. – [Signed in pencil] Mimi Shapiro. – 1/2 BD-NA-09-05. – [Edition of 25] – Colophon]
Shuster, Tennille Davis
Hecho a mano / T.D. Shuster. – [ Oakland Park, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork (1 wooden box +  paper cigars with labels); 17 x 27.5 x 4 cm.
[“Screen printed cigar box, letterpress printed French parchtone paper, watercolor stained handmade paper backings and woven bindings, gold foiled laser printed cigar labels. – Edition of 25 cigars, Unique box. – Note: the term “Hecho a mano” not only refers to the mark of a high quality, hand rolled cigar, but also refers to the handmade process of creating these scrolls.” – Artist’s statement] – “Edition of 25 scrolls, housed in a screen-printed cigar box. Scrolls created using Letterpress printed French paper, stitched to watercolor stained handmade paper backing, secured with gold foil embellished labels. Created by Tennille Davis Shuster, 2005. – Colophon]
Fun, sun facts / …designed and assembled by Kiran Trivedi. – [ Miami Lakes, FL]: The Artist, 2005. – 1 bookwork ( p.) + acrylic box; 8 x 16.5 x 3.5 cm.
[“I knew I wanted to do a book that involved the sun in some way. My name, Kiran, means, rays of sun. That is where I got the idea. Other people in class were designing very personal books with original poetry. I thought I might try a similar thing and make a very personal book with sun-related poetry that I would try to write myself. I decided it would have nine pages pretty quickly. The number 9 was always a lucky and favorite number of mine ever since I can remember, probably because I was born on the ninth. After a couple days of brainstorming, I decided to make a single ray of sunshine to be a single page in a book that would be the shape of the sun. I started sketching out several sun shapes that I thought would look unique and appealing. A few of my designs looked like propellers or pinwheels to me. It then hit me that I could have my pages rotate from a single axis one ray at a time. Then when all the rays were rotated simultaneously, the full shape of the sun would take place! …This book is soooo BRIGHT, you might need sunglasses just to see it without going blind! To truly appreciate the engraving quality of each page, try holding up each ray to a bright light source. If you decide to use the sun, just be careful not to stare directly into the sun accidentally. Enjoy!” – Artist’s statement. – “The pages of this book are bristol board with a smooth finish. The pages were laser engraved and cut by a 40 watt CO 2 laser. The acrylic box was also laser engraved and laser cut. The book and the box were designed and assembled by Kiran Trivedi. This is #13 of an edition of 50.” – Colophon]
Entrances & exits = Entradas y salidas. – [ Miami, FL: The Artist, 2005] – 1 bookwork ( p.); 23 x 30.5 x 1.5 cm.
[“… a piece that creates site-specific spaces for works of art. The drawings in the book are of rooms created for specific art installations and, as a whole, create a fictitious architectural structure. The viewer is only allowed to wander within the structure as the outside walls are not revealed. They become the opposite of site-specific installations and the path from one to another becomes its own installation as well. Some of the art works have previously been created and exhibited, while others remain as proposals waiting to be unveiled. The drawings were created digitally and then transferred onto the pages of the book using wintergreen oil. This book is #2 of an edition of 10. – Artist’s statement]