Talisman is an offering in support of artists and creative people that might be feeling alone in the world these days. Since 2016, as an artist (and as a human being) I have found it difficult to feel motivated while the worst traits of humanity have not only surfaced in our country, but are being celebrated. Writers and artists before us have lived through similarly poisonous times and created iconic works despite the tumultuous climate. Talisman is an amulet, a charm to keep with us. The linocut image of the boat-tailed grackle is intended to be a familiar spirit to guide us through rough territory. In times like these, it helps to keep our friends close.
4.625 x 5.75” folded. (12 x 18” flat). Edition of 100. Written, designed, letterpress printed, and bound by Ellen Knudson / Crooked Letter Press. Gainesville, Florida. 2019. The single-sheet book contains three linoleum cut prints. Text is printed from photopolymer plates. Signed and numbered.
Numbers 1–53: Deluxe edition — printed on Okawara paper. Deluxe includes wrapper enclosure made from Cave Paper treated with foil stamp and metal grommets. The book also includes interior pocket “FEAR” and “DOUBT” cards to be used for personal notes.