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At low water : an intertidal memoir / Rebecca Chamlee.

Author/creator Chamlee, Rebecca book artist, printer, binder.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info[Simi Valley, CA] : Pie in the Sky Press, 2017.
Description61 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Other author/creatorWood, J. G. (John George), 1827-1889. Common objects of the seashore.
Other author/creatorPie in the Sky Press, publisher, printer.
Other author/creatorSwamp Press, compositor.
Other author/creatorM & H Type (Firm), compositor.
Other author/creatorBoxcar Press, platemaker.
Local noteLimited edition, signed and numbered by the artist. Library copy is numbered 11 of 60.
General note"10 and 12 point Deepdene and the California Old Style figures were cast by M & H Typefounders, while the 14 and 36 point Deepdene italic were cast by Swamp Press. Photographs taken by a Nikon 7100 digital SLR equipped with a 60 mm macro lens and a polarizing filter mounted on a monopod. The specimen images, created using photopolymer plates made by Boxcar Press, habitat spreads, and handset type were letterpress printed on thick Awagami Kozo with Niyodo Kozo overlays using a Vandercook Universal III abp Press. Written, designed, printed, and bound by Rebecca Chamlee. Signed and numbered by Chamlee."--Bookseller's website, accessed 27 March 2017.
General note"The standard edition, numbered 1-60, is a drumleaf sewn-board style binding, its unique gloved spine is Ginga backcloth with printed Papeterie St-Armand Old Master paper covering the boards. The deluxe edition, letered A-E, includes a suite of prints housed [in] a clamshell box."--Colophon.
General noteIdea for this book inspired by Rev. J.G. Wood's "Common objects of the seashore".--Colophon.
General note"As a self-taught naturalist, my work examines the intersection of my artistic and scientific interests by collecting and cataloging the natural world. I am inspired to record, interpret and celebrate nature. My new artist's book looks back to the beginnings of my passion for exploration and observation of native species to a time when I collected sea animals gathered at low tide to bring home and live in an aquarium in my girlhood bedroom. The main text recalls the story of filling the tank with mollusks, fish, crustaceans, echinoderms, and invertebrates--anything unlucky enough to be captured by my bare hands--and the life-and-death drama that took place among the captive inhabitants. A poem, told from the viewpoint of the child in the moment of discovery, runs through the book on translucent leaves that overlay closeup images of the intertidal habitat. Field notes contain data from the year spent in the tide pools of Southern California researching and collecting images for the fourteen detailed plates of marine specimens and twelve habitat images found throughout the book."--Artist's statement, Vamp & Tramp Booksellers website (, accessed 27 March 2017).
Genre/formArtists' books.
Genre/formKozo fibers (Paper) $2 rbpap.

Available Items

Library Location Call Number Status Item Actions
Joyner Rare Artist's Book Collection N7433.4.C53 A8 2017 ✔ Available Place Hold

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