Wednesday, March 8, 2017
University of Puget Sound
Presentation in Library room 020.
5:30 – 6:00: Coffee and Conversation
6:00 – 7:00: Presentation
How does one sustain a lifetime of studio practice? Jean will talk about where she gets ideas and how she has incorporated them into her limited edition letterpress and one-of-a-kind artists’ books over the last 30 years.
Jean Buescher Bartlett is the founder and owner of Bloodroot Press, an Ann Arbor-based studio and bindery. For the past 30 years Jean has published and produced a range of limited edition, letterpress printed, illustrated books, including The Day the World Began by Fay Weldon, Porch Swing by Alison Swan, and An Alphabet Book that contains 26 original gouache paintings. She hand bound the 175 copy deluxe edition of Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon: Stories of Pork Bellies, Hush Puppies, Rock ‘n’ Roll Music and Bacon Fat Mayonnaise by Ari Weinzweig.
Jean has actively exhibited her work in the United States and Europe since 1981. It is housed in major collections worldwide, including the Hoole Library Book Arts Collection at the University of Alabama, the New York Public Library, Dutch Royal Library, Stanford University Special Collections, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. The University of Michigan Special Collections has a complete collection of all of the books and broadsides produced by Bloodroot Press. A full catalogue of Jean’s work and activities can be found at her website: www.bloodrootpress.com.
In addition, Jean has been teaching Book Arts and the History of Modern Design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit since 2006. When Jean is not working you can find her reading, gardening, rummaging through a thrift store, or watching movies with her husband, Tom.