In this chapbook, I invite the viewer on a journey towards an unfamiliar environment to comprehend new perspectives along the way. I utilized technical patterns and unique language that represented the progressive cognitive transaction of the mind. At first, the beginning is ambiguous and tense with dismal comments that change in tone throughout the pages. Later on, the mood shifts to a more alert and reassuring state with a coherent message at the end. The inspiration derived from a health and wellness course where the professor discussed the importance of mindfulness, the action of bringing the attention to the present moment without judgement, and the cognitive transactional model, which was developed to aid in stress and coping. In creating this piece, I hand inked red and blue letterpress ink onto a glass screen on a Vandercook press with a brayer. I then used a custom pressure plate combined with Japanese sekishu paper to print multiple designs and the Vandercook press. I set my type using metal letterpress printing blocks into eight quadrants and printed them on the sekushu paper repeatedly with the Vandercook, using black letterpress ink once more. For screen printing, I created patterns on a separate sheet of white paper. I fold the decorated sekishu paper into eight quadrants, opened up the paper and slit the middle crease, folded hot-dog style, pushed the two ends to form a plus, then folded the pages to the right to form the chapbook. For the cover, I chose black deckled paper and sewed white wax thread in the middle of the deckled paper and chapbook to hold them together. Finally, I inked black letterpress ink onto the cover with a brayer and metal letterpress printing blocks.
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Lam, Tracy, "Memor" (2019). 14th Annual Student Book Arts Competition. 21.