Box of Chaos

Box of Chaos

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Arrives by Sep 23-27 if you order today.
Sep 23-27

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  • Handmade
  • Materials: handmade paper, hand set metal type, photo engravings

Susan Happersett makes sequential drawings based on mathematical concepts. When she took Esther K Smith's Artist Books class at Cooper Union, she began making her drawing series into one-of-a-kind books. Because her line quality was perfect for letterpress, Esther asked her to collaborate on a project--and they have been making books together for more than 15 years now! This new piece is a portfolio box of 8 interactive accordions that interlock into 4 sculptural books. These drawings are about Chaos theory-- the idea is that chaos is not something random, but the result of tiny discrepancies and one thing leading to another.The story of this book is a perfect example. The book was set to launch at Editions Artist Books Fair--and was half-printed-- when Hurricane Sandy hit New York City and flooded Chelsea, including the building that would have housed the fair. THEN--one of the papers, from Nepal, was not available. It was scheduled to arrive the next month--and then the next month and then the next month. They chose a different paper. And THAT one was not in stock. But one wholesaler had just a few sheets left-- it was enough to finish the edition-- and now almost 2 years after its initial launch date, the book is finally available. BUT WORTH THE WAIT!

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88 shop reviews

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Reviewed by Inactive Jul 31, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

My friend absolutely loves these! She's very excited that they're both wearable AND readable, and they look stylish, too. They also shipped quickly and arrived quickly (which made up for me having missed her birthday). Thank you!!

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evemkahn Mar 5, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

They're beautifully made, no others like them are out there, and I get compliments on them wherever I go!

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Reviewed by Anonymous Mar 27, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

I will be purchasing a datebook from PurgatoryPiePress EVERY year! You should too!

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Reviewed by Anonymous Mar 13, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

The book has arrived, I picked it up yesterday and I have already gone through it from start to end. I rescued some paper from work and will start experimenting tonight. (I have saved all envelopes with beautiful data protection patterns and sheets from our many wall calendars for a while now). n nI love the book, not only for the great explanations, the encuragement to think outside the box and the many examples, but also because it is so beautiful. I think it will look better the more it is used. I will show it to my bookbinder teacher. I think she will love it. :) n nThanks! n nAgneta N

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