Symmetry/Asymmetry

Collected in Joan Flasch Artist’s Book Collection and the Type Shop in the 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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#letterpress
#waterfall flip book
#word play
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