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Space Station 1
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(detail: the orgami folding box)
Space Station 1 is a handmade artist book. It contains four poems written by Joe Blades against a richly-hued original digital artwork. The poem pages are sheet-fed printed in full colour with a BJC-85 printer on ori masa paper, trimmed, then individually acordion folded, and paste bound in an interwoven fold/fold form. The covers have batik-dyed Fair Trade paper made in Thailand pasted onto a folio structure made from Davey board. The book is packaged in a hand-folded orgami folding box made from a sheet of mars vellum with a laser-printed mars vellum wrapper. When open, the four wings of Space Station 1 reveal the book’s full dimensions of just over 24 inches square.
Space Station 1 was printed and hand-bound by artist Joe Blades, and published by his independent Broken Jaw Press, in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in the heart of the wild Western Maritimes of Canada.
— Joe Blades (2003) ©
Joe Blades is not just a poet with three books, a score of chapbooks, and contributions to numerous anthologies and periodicals. He is an editor and the publisher of Broken Jaw Press. Blades is the Past President of the Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association and on the Board of the Literary Press Group of Canada. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, he is a visual artist who graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (BFA, 1988). He is a community radio producer at CHSR 97.9 FM with a weekly programme Ashes, Paper & Beans: Fredericton’s Poetry & Writing Show. Blades is the editor of several books including Jive Talk: George Fetherling in Interviews and Documents and Great Lakes Logia, both published in 2001, the author or editor of a score of chapbooks, including Space Station 1, and the poetry books Cover Makes a Set (SpareTime Editions, 1990), River Suite (Insomniac Press, 1998), Open Road West (2000, 2001), and the forthcoming casemate poems (Widows and Orphans, 2004).
April 2003 / 4” (w) x 4.125” (h) x 0.875” (d), folded / 4 (or 10) pages / poetry, artist book
Space Station 1 is published in a signed, numbered, dated, limited edition of twenty copies
Broken Jaw Press
ISBN 1-55391-022-2 / $100.00
Order directly from the publisher:
Broken Jaw Press, Box 596 Stn A, Fredericton NB E3B 5A6, Canada.
No dealers. No jobbers. No wholesale orders. All orders must be prepaid. Canadian orders must add 7% GST/HST.