Symmetry/Asymmetry

Collected in Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Arches cover paper black, RIVES BFK printmaking paper light weight, book cloth, wood veneer; Letterpress
Fall 2017; Chicago, IL













Symmetry/Asymmetry is a classic project that every student taking classes in the Type Shop in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago has to go through as the very first letterpress challenge:
Symmetry: A word that is centered on the page and must be printed in a serif typeface;
Asymmetry: A word that is off-centered on the page and must be printed in a san serif typeface

I have very strong enthusiasm in language, especially vocabulary. “Jibber-jabber” and “lubb-dupp” are two reduplicatives that compose fascinating comparison and duality. “Jibber-jabber,” the nonsense talk, combining together with the book form—waterfall flip book, expresses loudness, meaningless, and ephemerality; while “lubb-dupp,” the heart beat sound, printed on a single thin piece of paper, conveys quietness, meaningfulness, and eternity.


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