It is official, ERIC SIMPSON placed 30 handmade copies of Longsuffering artbooks in the hands of a USPS mail carrier this week, bringing to an end a major project that began last winter. Says Simpson, “It is quite exciting knowing that some are going all the way to Oregon, while others are headed to New York and some will be finding their homes in-between.”
Last winter Eric began conversations with Dr. John Poch, poet and professor of creative writing at Texas Tech, about collaborating on a book project pairing John’s poetry with Eric’s recent photographic work. From the beginning they envisioned creating a handmade art book that would include letterpressed poetry and hand-tipped in photographs.
By early March Eric had prepared a prototype. The pair quickly figured out that the only way they would be able to produce the project would be to seek crowdfunding and then, if successful with the crowdfunding, for Eric to do all the book binding himself.
On March 26th Eric and John launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $8,000 to support the project. If successful, their goal was to create 30 handmade books, all with letterpress text and with original artworks. Their $8,000 goal was quickly reached by the end of the second week of the campaign. By campaign’s end, on April 25th, they had raised $13,570!
Dirk Fowler fine tuning the proof press at CASP’s Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio
With funds in place by early May, Eric and John enlisted the assistance and expertise of letterpress gurus Dirk Fowler and Victoria M. Bee at the CASP Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio in Lubbock in order to get the finest quality letterpress printing of the poetry. “I don’t know what we would have done without the expertise of Dirk Fowler and Vicki Bee. Once we hit our stride with the printing press, we just got better and better results. It was actually quite magical.” says John Poch.    read more >>