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When life hands you lemons...make lemonade!

This is a hand-bound journal with a hand-pulled, letterpress cover (in fact, everything was done by hand, the hard way!). This piece is a collaboration between Chandler O'Leary of Anagram Press and Jessica Spring of Springtide Press, made from the "lemons" presented by the pitfalls of printing by hand.

When we were printing our thirteenth Dead Feminist broadside, "Paper Chase," featuring a quote by Virginia Woolf, we had a few prints that ended up with slightly wonky registration. We couldn't include those prints in the edition of broadsides, but since we still liked the results, we decided to crop the prints down to our favorite parts, and make "lemonade!"

This blank journal is ideal for a gardener or florist. Virginia Woolf's portrait is reflected in a mirror-image, with her ethereal silvery shadow cast by a ghostly garden in bloom. Each letter is adorned with a different type of flower—hollyhock, marigold, lily of the valley, dahlia, honeysuckle, lilac. Each plants a seed of meaning from the Victorian tome "The Language of Flowers." Do a little digging and discover loamy layers of rich symbolism that reveal the woman behind the words. Use this journal to jot down notes for your next seed order or flower arrangement, or sketch out a design for your garden plot. Then just slip it into your apron pocket for safe keeping on your way home from the p-patch, or present it as a gift to the florist who designed your wedding bouquet.

The original Dead Feminist broadside is sold out, but you can see our postcard reproduction here:


Pamphlet stitch journal with rounded corners and 4 sheets (16 pages) hand sewn inside
Size when closed: 4 x 4.25 inches
Size when open: 8 x 4.25 inches
Blank inside

Two paper colors represent the skies in Virginia's home country of England: 1 sheet of paper is the shimmery metallic silver of a winter rain; the other 3 sheets are a light cloudy grey.

Cover was letterpress printed on an antique Vandercook Universal One press. Journal is made with acid-free paper and hand-stitched with blue Irish linen thread.

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Thank you!


This journal features original artwork by Chandler O'Leary and Jessica Spring, copyright 2011. Copyright is not transferable with the sale of this piece. The buyer is not entitled to reproduction rights.

WA state residents are subject to sales tax.

This journal is packaged in a clear poly sleeve and will ship flat in a protective mailer.

LEMONADE JOURNAL hand-bound blank letterpress pocket journal with Dead Feminist cover, LARGE


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: ink, paper, letterpress, waxed linen thread
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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