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Floral and Break

By Cheri Marks, Maggie Minor & Reilly D. Cox
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Blue Section Press, 2018. Edition of 20.

4 x 6"; 26 (including free end) pages. Letterpress printed with photopolymer plates. Handmade paper from reclaimed materials. Set in Bulmer and Bulmer Italic type. In dustjacket with title print on front cover and floral illustration across spine. Illustrations by Cheri Marks and Maggie Minor. Words by Reilly D. Cox. Numbered. Signed by Marks, Cox, and Minor.

Cheri Marks: "’Floral and Break’ is a collaborative artist book between myself and two other book artists that focuses on the art of papermaking. The writing comes from Reilly Cox and the illustrations from myself and Maggie Minor. We collected found materials around Tuscaloosa, AL, and made all of the paper used for the book. The illustrations are of plants that we gathered fiber from, and we made blue paper to support the text.

“The book is made of 100% handmade paper and forms a poetic relationship with the process of papermaking and the material.”

showed my mother how to
make paper from her old cot-
ton dresses, her most tattered
blue jeans. Strip, rip, soak, beat.
Over the course of the day, so
much annihilation, so much
floral and break.

Floral and Break

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