Propolis Press

Propolis Press
21 Winthrop Street
01060 Northampton , MA
United States
Massachusetts US
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Propolis Press was established by Karen Randall in 2001 for the purpose of printing fine letterpress artists books with poetry by innovative, contemporary authors. The philosophy of Propolis Press is that there should be no one-size-fits-all approach to poetic texts. Each text has its own unique dna that should guide the morphogenesis of the book. She is currently working with two 19th century photographic processes: Cyanotype and Gum Bichromate to print images. Previous books have incorporated four-color images printed letterpress on gampi from photopolymer plates. Karen developed this process in order to print her digital collages. She has subsequently taught four-color letterpress printing at the Center for the Book in New York, The San Francisco Center for the Book, and at the Minnesota Center for Book Arts in Minneapolis. Read the lovely write-up by Kyle Schlesinger....Read an interview with Karen at Rob McLennan's blogspot Listen to an interview with Karen on Susan Mills' Bookbinding Now podcast. The publications of Propolis Press are in the collections of Brown, Columbia, Stanford and Yale Universities; the Universities of Buffalo, Chicago and Iowa; Connecticut, Dartmouth, Swarthmore, Smith, Trinity, Union, Wellesley and Wesleyan Colleges; and The Library of Congress.

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