Artists' Book (handmade)
Design and binding by Artemis BonaDea;
Wood Engravings by Dale DeArmond
Edition of 15 (individually numbered)
Overall size (folded): 10" x 12"
Editor's note: this book is bound accordion-style; its contents are enclosed in a custom, handmade black clamshell case. It opens up to the shape of a Tlingit clan house. Colloquially referred to as "The Hat Book" by DeArmond, each copy contains 12 hand-pulled color wood engravings; they are featured below (click on any for more information).
From the colophon:
Mrs. DeArmond printed the wood engravings on Arches Cover paper using an Ettan etching press in her Sitka, Alaska studio. She also wrote the text of this booklet, which is handset in Garamond type and printed on an Asbern press in Tigard, Oregon by Alexandra Prestiss. Artemis BonaDea of Anchorage, Alaska designed and executed the binding for the accordion book structure which carries the engravings, this booklet and the box which houses both volumes.
From the foreword:
The Native peoples of Alaska created rich, elaborate cultures filled with strong beliefs and traditions. Their songs and dances celebrated the important events in their lives and, using the materials at hand, they fashioned breathtaking regalia to add significance to many occasions. These twelve wood engravings celebrate the hats and masks created and worn by the Native peoples of Alaska. In many instances, similar hats and masks are still in use today… It is my hope that my interpretation of these images will be received as a respectful salute to the many artists of the past who labored to create such beautiful objects.
From Long Ago: Crest Hats, Masks and Faces from Alaska's Past and its binding copyright © Artemis BonaDea. Illustrations copyright © Estate of Dale DeArmond. Photographs by Frank Flavin.
Original price: $300.00
Two additional prints were produced as part of the series, but not included in the book: