Gabrielle Cooksey, “Monsters and Beasts”

The Stage page

Close up of the Bird page


Close up of the Bird Page

The Snake page

Gabrielle Cooksey (Tacoma, WA)

Monsters and Beasts
silkscreen printed, letterpress printed, hand painted with acrylic
Edition of 22
10 pages
Dimensions, open: 13 5/8 x 19 3/8 x 3/4″
Dimensions, closed: 13 5/8 x 9 7/8 x 1/4″

While working with Don Glaister, Suzanne Moore, and Jessica Spring in the summer of 2014, they encouraged me to make a “complete” book under their guidance, help and nudging. This was new territory for me, as I had previously only worked on the binding of books.

The project challenged me to see if I could make the whole of a book — from the text, image, layout, color, cover, to the binding — a major learning curve because I had to think of the actual page content and how the work will flow on it. I did not know where the book was going when I first thought of it, but I think it grew up over the 8 month process, because I had grown up too.

I letterpress printed, silk-screened, and hand-painted the pages. The cave paper cover includes a gold foil design detail of one of the five animal images. I strive to have my work feel magical in a reader’s hands and want it to look like it is from a treasure chest or long forgotten library, and I feel this book is more than I could have hoped for.