Cypress responds to the long inhabited natural landscape of the San Francisco Bay Area and borrows its forms to explore what it means to be shaped by a distinctive environment, language, or tradition over time versus occupying a more transient existence in which innovation, mobility, and adapting to rapid change are central themes.
Cypress includes chinè colle etchings and text by Chelsea Herman. The text is handset in Bembo and printed letterpress on Stonehenge paper. The book is bound leporello style and covered in hand painted paste paper. Cover size: 10 1/2" X 12 1/2," 2013. Edition limited to 15 copies, each signed and numbered.
Empty Vessels questions the changing visibility of nature in daily life, loss of shared language for describing the landscape and how mental, spiritual, and intellectual elements of identity depend on shared language for describing the natural world.
Empty Vessels includes etchings and a poem by Chelsea Herman. Drypoints and spit bite etchings printed by hand on Gampi paper. The text was set in Centaur and Arrigi and printed letterpress. The edition is limited to 20 copies, each signed and numbered. Published in 2013 by FlightPath Press.
Untitled Book I
Untitled Book I reflects on how languages become distinctive over time depending on their context. This book combines visual, written, invented, and material languages through etchings, a poem, invented text, rubbings, and various kinds of paper. It explores how a mark, sound or material’s ability to convey specific meaning depends on its context. A mark that is evocative on a visceral level for some people may operate as an abstract symbol for others. Eventually, the same mark may become illegible, yet remain identifiable as a form of communication. This book questions how we recover forgotten knowledge or access highly specialized information.
Untitled Book I was created, printed and bound by Chelsea Laurel Herman in 2011. The colophon was set in Perpetua and printed letterpress. The etchings and rubbings were printed by hand on Reeves paper and Gampi infused with encaustic wax. Edition of 12.
Recall: e. T51269439A55309428
Recall: e. T51269439A55309428 was concieved as a collaboration between artists Angela Mele and Chelsea Herman to be part of entomologist Barrett Anthony Klein and artist Karen Anne Klein's project, The Cabinet of Insect Dreams. The Cabinet of Insect Dreams includes books by over thirty artists and writers that interpret and respond to the theme of insect dreams. Recall: e. T51269439A55309428 explores how human visions of the Western landscape might be stored in physical and archival remnants of the extinct Rocky Mountain Locust, Melanoplus spretus.
Recall: e. T51269439A55309428 includes pen and ink drawings by Angela Mele printed letterpress from photopolymer plates on Usu Kuchi paper and etchings by Chelsea Herman. The title was hand set in Venus Light Extended and printed letterpress. The Colophon was set in Athelas. The book is bound Japanese side stab and covered in hand painted Mulberry paper infused with encaustic wax. Recall: e. T51269439A55309428 was published by FlightPath Press in 2016. Pen and ink drawings printed letterpress from photopolymer plates © 2016 by Angela Mele. Etchings © 2016 by Chelsea Herman.
Edition of forty copies, each signed and numbered.
Copse questions what must be discarded in order for intentional growth or expansion to take place. This book uses the viual metaphor of a thicket to explore the constant human need for deciding what to cut away, release, cover, sink, or bury and what to grasp, tie down, bind
Copse was created printed and bound by Chelsea Herman in the Spring of 2011.
It was hand set in Bembo and printed letterpress on Rives paper. The etchings were printed by hand. The book was coptic bound with wood covers. The Edition is limited to seven copies, each signed and numbered.
Reclaim explores how details can be both miniscule parts of greater structures and provide insight into vastly complex worlds of information. Collaged bits of photo etchings, woodcuts, drawings and a found poem are combined within Leporello binding.
This book includes text and imagery by Chelsea Herman. The etchings and woodcuts were printed by hand, collaged and drawn on with ink. The poem was assembled from parts of Women’s Wear of the 1920’s: With Complete Patterns by Ruth S. Countryman and Elizabeth Weiss Hopper, Studio City, Players Press, 1998. The poem was set in Bauer Bodoni and printed letterpress on Stonehenge paper. Bound with paste paper. Edition of five. 2010.
Read Fields questions how the human creative process may be embedded within greater, concrete natural processes. Etchings of imagined, remembered, and dreamed landscapes overlay fractal-like salt and ink paintings.
Read Fields includes etchings, drypoints, and a poem by Chelsea Herman assembled from parts of Seeing Earth from Space by Patricia Lauber, New York, Orchard Books, 1990. The text is set in Cambria and printed letterpress on hand painted Stonehenge paper. Cover size: 9 ¼ “X 9 ¼,” 2009. Edition of five.