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Book Arts Collection

A guide to discovering artists' books in the Book Arts Collection at Hill Memorial Library.

About Screenprinting

In screen printing, a mesh screen is used to transfer ink (or dye or mustard!) onto a substrate, often paper or fabric in the case of books. A stencil is used to block areas where ink is not desired, and a squeegee is used to pull the ink across the screen. Stencils can be made from different materials such as freezer paper, contact paper, or photo emulsion. Painterly monoprints can be achieved through this process too!

The subject heading for screenprinting is "Serigraphy" if you want to look for materials about Screenprinting. Try Serigraphy--Specimens if you want to see examples.


A Child Likes

Leake, Joanna. A Child Likes. Baton Rouge: Louisiana Arts and Science Center, 1971.
HQ781.5 .B7 OVER, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

A poem relating the various enjoyable activities of childhood, such as licking the icing bowl, being first in line, or playing with the big kids, printed by silkscreen by the Blotter Press and Pike Burden Printing (formerly Windrush Plantation and now the Burden Museum and Gardens).

Migration Now!

Justseeds Artists' Cooperative. Migration Now! A Print Portfolio of Handmade Prints Addressing Migrant Issues. Pittsburgh, Penn.: Justseeds Artists' Cooperative, 2012.
N8217 .E52 J87 2012 FLAT, Rare

Migration Now! explores the social, cultural, and emotional facets of immigration. Explore all of the prints from this portfolio at

Night Street

Luck, Barbara. Night Street. Vermont : Janus Press, 1993.
PS3562 .U2546 N54 1993 OVER, Rare

Night Street is a collection of poetry by Barbara Luck, many poems are about being a woman trying to navigate the city at night. Offset lithography and screen printed illustrations on angular-shaped pages by Lois Johnson. Woven binding by Claire Van Vliet.

Black and white portrait of a Japanese American family

Deeply Honored

Hagstrom, Fred. Deeply Honored. St. Paul, Minn.: Strong Silent Type Press, 2010.
N7433.4 .H23 D4 2010 FLAT, Rare

The story of Frank Masao Shigemura, formerly interned with his parents at the Minikoda Internment Camp in Idaho. Shigemura attended Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He left college to enlist in the U.S. Army, and he was killed in battle in France, 1944. His parents developed a relationship with with the college and established the Frank Shigemura Scholarship at Carleton. The letters and images used in this book are from the Densho Archive and the Carleton College Archives, screenprinted on Rives BFK grey with drum leaf binding.

A Walk Along the Shore

White, Kenneth. A Walk Along the Shore. England: Circle Press, 1977.
PR6073 .H5 W34 1977 OVER, Rare

Letterpress poetry paired with serigraphy images.

Abstract image in red, green and blue titled Wife of Bath

The Prologue from The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer, Geoffrey. The Prologue from The Canterbury tales; text based mainly on the Ellesmere MS.; original screen images printed by Ronald King. London, Editions Alecto, 1967.
PR1868 .P8 K5 1967 FLAT, Rare

Ron King's first artist's book illustrated with 20 screenprinted abstract "masks" that represent the major characters in The Prologue.

Screenprinted image of astronaut in space across four folded panels.

Black Hole off Crete

Please, Keith. Black Hole Off Crete. Guildford: Circle Press, c1977.
PR6066 .L38 B57 1977 OVER, Rare

Circle Press often utilizes simple methods to turn a print into a book. In this instance, a panoramic screen printed image with poetry by Keith Please is folded into quarters. The center fold is sewn into a paper cover, creating a "gate-fold" structure.

Late August on the Coast

White, Kenneth. Late August on the coast. Guildford, Surrey: Circle Press Publications, 1986.
PR6037 .H5 L38 1986 FLAT, Rare

"The text in this book has been hand-set in Baskerville type and printed letterpress onto Somerset mould-made paper. The screenprinting was done by the artist using various experimental methods of wiping the ink through the stencils with cloths soaked in diluted inks." --Colophon.

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