This winter I’ve been working on the content and design of my upcoming artist book, a piece about spark and fire and light inspired by vintage matchbooks. I found myself thinking a lot about the creatures I have loved over my lifetime— lovers, friends, strangers. I was thinking about sudden fire and building heat, and brevity. Always, the brevity of the moment. This book is about those significant and often brief moments of connectedness between us and other people, and I’m calling it one tiny spark that’s yours and mine.
I’ve had the honor of being invited by book artist Megan Adie to a printing residency in Basel, Switzerland, this May and June, where I will letterpress three different covers of the book, inspired by matchbook designs from the 1940s and 50s. While the covers will be printed in Switzerland, the text and guts of the story will be printed here in Oakland. In honor of and as a tribute to this residency, the text within the book will be letterpressed in Helvetica, a widely used typeface developed in 1957 at the Haas Type Foundry, located just outside the city of Basel.