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[BKARTS] Bridwell Library presents Kitty Maryatt

Bridwell Library presents the Decherd Turner Bibliophiles Lecture and Workshop Series With Kitty Maryatt "From Gutenberg to Iliazd: Printing at the Scripps College Press."

Thursday, February 28, 2008
4 P.M.
Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
6005 Bishop Boulevard
Dallas, Texas

This lecture is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call 214-768-3483

The Scripps College Press in Claremont, California was established in
1941 as an experimental type laboratory. Since the arrival of Kitty Maryatt in 1986, 43 collaborative limited edition books have been designed and produced by students in the Typography and the Book Arts class. Two recent books will be highlighted in the talk: Beorum II and Køtøbå Nø Pårty.

Beorum II is an artists' book version of a leaf book: we decided to print our own leaf of the Gutenberg Bible and investigate the risks that Gutenberg took in developing new technologies. This could not have been done without the availability of the B-42 type by Dale Guild Typefoundry in metal.

In 1948, the Russian avant-garde printer and publisher Iliazd (Ilia
Zdanevich) printed Poésie de Mots Inconnus. Zaum poetry was published in several languages integrated with prints from artists like Miró and Picasso. This became the model for our book which would investigate concrete poetry and sound poetry using several languages.  
Køtøbå Nø Pårty means word party in Japanese.

Kitty Maryatt has been happily involved in the book arts since 1971 when she started the life-long study of calligraphy. She started binding in 1975, and received a grant in graduate school to study fine binding in Ascona, Switzerland in 1981. By 1977, Kitty was drawn to letterpress printing and typography. She has an MFA in graphic design from UCLA, an MA in mathematics from Claremont Graduate University and a BA from Scripps College.

She is currently Director of the Scripps College Press and Assistant Professor of Art at Scripps College in Claremont, California. She has taught Typography and the Book Arts at Scripps for 22 years, producing 43 editions to date. In this class, students write their own stories, develop imagery, print the collaborative books by letterpress and bind them in limited editions of about 90-100 copies, for sale. She also teaches a Core Curriculum class for sophomores at Scripps called From Materiality to Immateriality: The Coming of the Artist Book.



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