This print was made for the Mortlake & Co "Ascent Through Descent" exhibition in September 2018. The art show was an event held within the Texts and Traditions Book Fair, an annual gathering of esoteric book sellers and scholars in Seattle.
Three unique Ex Libris plates individually rendered by David D’Andrea, Glyn Smyth, and Benjamin Vierling to beautify and personalize the discerning bibliophile’s home library.
Hand printed a Chandler & Price 1910 letterpress on Mohawk Superfine paper. Set includes four of each artists illustration, for a total of twelve plates.
Each plate features space for the book owner’s signature. Plates may be affixed to the interior cover of a book with the use of archival adhesive.
Can you describe the process of developing your personal aesthetic/style? Was it an intentional, focused
path or did it take a lot of experimentation?
It has been a very natural progression. I’ve led a life obsessed with art and design. This obsession has been
fairly focused but also habitually morphing. As a visual artist I believe it’s best to play the long game, to
develop a style and body of work over decades. Any working artist will know that this can be tricky