Vacuum Editions – Edizioni Sottovuoto

Vacuum Editions is a new no-profit project developed between London and Italy with the ambition of re-thinking the artist book as an object of art, design and communication. This idea was conceived about one year ago among a group of about fifteen graphic designers, experts in communication, printmakers, bookbinders and academics who have all been involved in making artists books.

The group is headed by:
Opificio della Rosa (opificiodellarosa.org)
Atelier InSigna (atelierinsigna.com)
Anonima Impressori (anonimaimpressori.it)
Studio Luigi Castiglioni (luigicastiglioni.it)
Renate Herold Czaschka Foundation (fondazioneczaschka.org)
PrintSolo (printsolo.com)

Vacuum Editions|Edizioni Sottovuoto aims at raising funds to further the knowledge and appreciation of artists books and printmaking techniques.
It publishes a series of “plaquettes” ( a technical term indicating an art booklet) 28×25 cm in size, all printed by hand on Fabriano Tiepolo paper. They all contain one hand-pulled original print and some text printed in letterpress with traditional lead characters. Each new publication is by a different invited artist and features a literary text such as an extract from an operatic libretto, a traditional nursery rhymes, a poem, a contemprary fragment. For now three books are in Italian and one in English.
Once printed, bound and signed, all artists books are sealed in archival vacuum bags ( hence the name of the editions!): receiving it sealed enhances the thrill and delight of discovering what is in each new issue.

Vacuum Editions|Edizioni Sottovuoto will issue one book per season: on the 23rd of September for Autumn Equinox, the 22nd of December for Winter Solstice, 21st of March for Spring Equinox and 21st June for Summer Solstice.

The books are printed in a small edition, the numbered and signed copies by the authors are on sale at PrintSolo (printsolo.com)

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Maria Pina Bentivenga
Leviatani

Plaquette containing an etching on copper by Maria Pina Bentivenga.
The typographic text, composed with the Bastoncino Type of the Nebiolo Foundry, is a tribute to Alfred Jarry.
Printed at the Opificio della Rosa in Morciano di Romagna in 120 copies signed by the author for the 2018 Autumn Equinox.

 

Our Heads Are Round
so Our Thoughts
Can Change Direction

(F. Picabia)

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Nick Morley
Povero Pinocchio

Artist book containing a linocut by Nick Morley.
is a hommage to Carlo Lorenzini (Collodi), and is printed in letterpress with lead characters “Bastoncino” from the Nebiolo foundry.
Printed at Opificio della Rosa in Morciano di Romagna in 120 copies signed by the author for the summer solstice 2018.

 

piccolo pupo pel pelato,
pieghevole platano!
Perbacco!

penzola Penoso Patibolo

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Davide Dormino
Le deserteur

Plaquette containing an etching on copper by Davide Dormino.
The typographic text, composed with the Bastoncino Type of the Nebiolo Foundry, is a tribute to Boris VIan.
Printed at Opificio della Rosa in Morciano di Romagna in 100 copies signed by the author for the spring equinox 2018.

… Si vous me poursuivez,
Prevenez vos gendarmes
que je tiendrai une arme
et que je sais tirer …

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Enrico Rambaldi
Nevarmore

Artist book containing a woodcut by Enrico Rambaldi. The English text, nonsense verse with intentional typos, is a hommage to Lewis Carroll and Edgar Allan Poe, and is printed in letterpress with lead characters “Bastoncino” from the Nebiolo foundry.
Printed at the Opificio della Rosa for the winter solstice 2017.

 

Look at the
Letter Lost
in the Light

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Gianna Bentivenga
Pìle pelònne

Plaquette with a print made in etching on zinc and relief-print by Gianna Bentivenga.
The typographic text, composed with the Bastoncino type of Nebiolo Foundry, is a popular nursery rhyme in the dialect of Stigliano (MT).
Printed at the Opificio della Rosa in Morciano di Romagna in 120 copies signed by the author for the 2017 Autumn Equinox.

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Fernando Di Stefano
Ambarabà

Plaquette containing an etching on copper by Fernando Di Stefano.
The typographic text, composed with the Bastoncino Type of the Nebiolo Foundry, is a tribute to Umberto Eco.
Printed at Opificio della Rosa in Morciano di Romagna in 51 copies signed by the author for the Winter Solstice 2016.

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Jürgen Czaschka
Leporello

An artist book specially produced for the presentation of the Renate Herold Czaschka Foundation in Rome, June 2016. It includes an original engraving on copper by Jürgen Czaschka: “Dressing Up” by his series inspired by Mozart’s Don Giovanni. The text is an extract from Lorenzo da Ponte’s libretto for the opera, and printed in letterpress with the lead characters “bastoncino” by the Nebiolo foundry. Printed and bound by hand on Fabriano Tiepolo paper at the Opificio della Rosa in an edition of 30, numbered and signed by the artist for for Summer Solstice 2016.