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Ellen Knudson, Crooked Letter Press
Starkville, Mississippi

Self-Dual (How to Walk a 30,000 Mile Tightrope), 2006

For two years I traveled the road between Starkville, Mississippi and Tuscaloosa, Alabama while I attended graduate school. This book is a collection of visual and textual vignettes in reflection of that trip; little pieces of the scenery and of my thoughts during that drive. The paper is 100% cotton rag, handmade from my family’s clothes. The six large illustrations are linoleum reduction prints, the other illustrations are line art drawings printed from photopolymer plates. The type is hand set in multiple sizes of Lutetia metal types, cast by Harold Berliner. The book is bound in a built-in groove case in a dos-a-dos style binding, 56 pages with two illustrated foldouts. 6 x 4 x 1 inches, 15 x 10 x 2.5 centimeters. Created 2006.

Ellen Knudson is an assistant professor of graphic design at Mississippi State University. She holds an MFA in book arts from the University of Alabama and produces handmade books under the imprint Crooked Letter Press. The aim of the work produced by Crooked Letter Press is the synthesis of images and words in the form of letterpress printed handmade books and printed matter. Ellen has been a book artist for eleven years and a professional graphic designer for sixteen years at such places as the Art Institute of Chicago and the Detroit Institute of Arts. She has taught letterpress printing at the University of Alabama, graphic design at Mississippi State University and Wayne State University, and workshops at multiple venues across the USA. Website at