Macy Chadwick, “Meanwhile”

(Chadwick.Meanwhile1.jpg) Open view, showing 10 x 20 inch page spreads and half clam shell box. Book pages and box are printed with linoleum blocks and polymer plates on Rives Heavyweight paper, accordion binding with hard covers, presented in a half‐clamshell box. 10 x 10 inches, closed. 10 x 15 6 inches, fully extended. Edition of 40.

(Chadwick.Meanwhile2.jpg) One page spread, 10 x 20 inches.Linoleum and polymer plates

(Chadwick.Meanwhile3.jpg) View showing many overlapping pages Linoleum and polymer plates

(Chadwick.Meanwhile4.jpg) Single page spread of Meanwhile Linoleum and polymer plates

Macy Chadwick
Oakland, California

letterpress with linoleum and polymer plates on Rives Heavyweight paper
edition size of 40
26 pages
10 x 156 inches, fully extended
10 x 10 x .75 inches


With quotes from A Thousand and One Nights, Meanwhile celebrates the importance of stories over time and across cultures. A series of organic imagery flows from page to page, overlapping and echoing the quality of A Thousand and One Nights as one story leads to another and another. The quoted text is set in shaped text blocks and clusters of letters, like flocks of birds floating amidst the shapes. A few larger lines of text per page guide the viewer through the book, describing Sheherazade’s experience of telling stories and, as a result, saving herself from execution by the King.

Story-­telling is especially significant in our current political climate; sharing stories can lead to empathy and I hope that this book can remind people to look to the past for important themes and to share their life stories with each other. Stories are, after all, the way to make connections and to reduce hate.

Artist Statement

Macy Chadwick publishes artist’s books and limitededition prints under the imprint In Cahoots Press in Oakland, California. In her art practice, Macy strives to reveal that which is unspoken: to make tangible the ephemeral, to make visual our human experience and interactions. To this end, she often engages metaphor in her work.  For example, comparing breathing to the creative process in a limited edition artist book, employing infographics to relay an intimate dialogue in an installation, or creating a fictitious geographic terrain of emotional experience in a series of prints.


Macy Chadwick received an MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and assisted book artist Julie Chen at Flying Fish Press for three years. She currently resides in Oakland, California, where she creates books and limited edition prints in her letterpress studio. Macy is on the faculty at the Academy of Art University, San Francisco, and her work is in prominent collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Yale University Special Collections, and the Jack Ginsberg Collection in South Africa.