A is for ART: A Digital
Back when dinosaurs ruled the earth... I attended
Pratt Institute (class of 1980) as a Illustration and Graphic Design Major. And
this was a little book project we did in one of My design classes in 1978. The design assignment was an Artist’s Alphabet book. "A is for ART" was fun to do and well received.
In 2001, our home in Brooklyn, NY suffered a house fire that
destroyed my studio and most of my portfolio, all my gear and slides. But a few things were salvaged from the ruins.
I proposed the project on my Live
Journal page, and got some encouragement. So went on
to do the project in November and December of 2005, in-between
paying studio Projects.
The image above is a scan of all that is left
of the cover case of the book, recovered from a ruined flat
file. But I kept the plates, with the original cartoons and
text sealed and preserved in a plastic bag. I hoped that one
days, I would scan and restore
them digitally. Also replace the utterly horrid calligraphy
with some decent type. Lefties are not the worlds greatest
calligraphers. But the cartoons are cute, with a certain charm
and student vitality, turns out I still like 'em after, good
gods.. 27 years?
The project became very therapeutic, as I did
the work essentially on the anniversary of my mother's death
from Uterine Cancer. I conceived of the project as a print
restoration, and have been producing one-offs in my studio
for our family
and close friends. However, I do now connect to a greater online
community, and decided to build an online incarnation of the
project. I have added some commentary to the plates to
make this version a bit unique and partially overcome the limitations
of print media.
Please surf on and enjoy!
Kurt E Griffith, Fantastic
Nanuet, NY, December
[Edit: 1/1/06] Since I did this project essentially
solo, It's a bitch being your own proofreader.
If you should spot typos, glitches,
or glaring informational errors, please zip
me a note. –KG