[Deep River, Ontario]: Ducks in a Row Press, [n.d., ca. 2010]. Limited edition reproduction of fifteen copies of a unique artist's book. The reproductions are approximately half the size of the original. Contains twenty-four illustrated panels for the letters of the alphabet (two panels with two letters), each letter drawn in calligraphy in various colors with pigmented inks, background drawings in lighter colors, including gilt; Asian-style rubber stamps in blue or purple, all reproduced on a single sheet of paper. A fine copy. Marbled boards in an accordion style binding, the front of which secures the folded sheet under a double paste-down, the top of which is a colophon; the rear board has the same two paste-downs, but in this case the folded sheet is not secure to the board, rather the last flap of the sheet inserts loosely under the paste-down. In a custom marbled slipcase with a ribbon pull-tab grommeted holes, and bead ties at the end of the ribbons, printed paper labels on both sides of the slipcase. 2 9/16 x 2 3/8 inches. Unpaginated. Item #16248
Nancy Trottier is a calligrapher, watercolor artist, and a maker of artist's books for almost thirty years. She earned a Master's degree in Art History from the University of Iowa and is actively involved in making all types of books and completing bookbinding projects. The Alphabet Effect displays colorful calligraphy along with meditations upon life, such as "art is not freedom from discipline, but rather...disciplined freedom," "Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts," and others.