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Emily Martin
Iowa City, Iowa


A relief-printed book using pressure printing, letterpress, and ink-jet. The text is a set of fifty short, sometimes very short, stories of events from my growing up. It started as a remembrance of my mother and expanded out to include my family, my neighborhood, my elementary school, and my nervous stomach. The pressure-printed images included relate to certain of the stories. Bound using the “Secret Belgian” binding, a 16th-century binding with an interesting sewing pattern at the spine. Sixty pages. Edition of thirty-five, numbers 1-10 are enclosed in a silk covered clamshell box lined with marbled paper made by Stephen Pittelkow. 11 x 6 x 0.75 inches, 28 x 15 x 2 centimeters. Created 2008.

Emily Martin received an MFA in painting from the University of Iowa and then began making books. She started the Naughty Dog Press in 1995 or so, producing limited-edition books often of a sculptural nature. Martin teaches classes for the University of Iowa Center for the Book and workshops around the USA. Her books are in collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and others. Website at