by Alison Pick
with original image by Will Gill
“December” features Alison Pick’s gorgeous poem about our complicated and tenuous relationship with language, and Will Gill’s scratch-board technique image. A beautiful and meditative poem and a striking image.
A poem, a pamphlet, a print – this is the third in our occasional series, a collaborative coming together of writer, artist and printer. I solicited a poem from Alison and offered it to Will Gill, asking for a response to the poem rather than an illustration of it. The resulting image was made into a photoengraving that could be printed on the printing press. Poem and image reside together, gather and exchange meanings. The shape and feel and look of the whole grow out of that exchange.
Printed in an edition limited to 150, signed and numbered by author and artist. The type is 14 pt Fournier, hand-set by Marnie Parsons. The papers are Arches Text and Fabriano Cover. Hand-tinting on the image by Marnie Parsons and Rachel Dragland. Hand-sewn.