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New York/Canadian-Media: Russell Maret, a book artist, type designer and private-press printer working in New York City describes in this post -- which first appeared in the the Library of Congress (LoC) Magazine -- his passion in the magic of making books to transform world, LoC reported.
Russell Maret. Photo: Annie Schlechter.
Two of the earliest-known pieces of European printing, said Maret were made with moveable metal type and the Gutenberg Bible, widely considered one of the most beautiful books ever printed. (The Library’s copy is one of three perfect vellum copies known to exist.)
These two objects, moveable metal type and the Gutenberg Bible, continued Maret constitute what we now call as a book art.
These two objects form an amorphous field populated by printers, papermakers, type designers, engravers and bookbinder and craftspeople.
Each branch of the book arts, similar to any creative field tries to make something out of these base materials of paper, lead and ink that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Printing is a permanent transformation, which is both technical and existential which literally transforms a blank piece of paper into a messenger of ideas.
Permanence in printing is relative, in as much as the permanence of an idea is subject to the shifting interpretations of time (The earth is the center of the universe!). And books, as we all know, can be burned.
In 1989, when Maret 18 years old, he said he inked up a printing press and pulled a proof for the first time and from that instant he was determined to do printing and over 30 years later, he is still determined to do it better.
In 1996 he designed a typeface and since then type design and alphabetical form have become the primary focus of his work. They map new pathways for me to pursue in my books.
Making a book involves, said Maret hard physical work, a high level of attentiveness and, ideally, a willingness to reevaluate and change with with the excitement of permanence and transformation while being aware of that one’s efforts might fall short of both.