An Other Story
Rachel Simmons & Rollins College Students (Gaby Clark, Anastasia Dresden, Emma Jones, Emma Lostutter, Madisen Mendoza, Maddie Moreland, Claudia Prado, Melissa Rodriguez, Liv Sala, Sam Shelly, Nana Takano, Haley Van Doren)
"This project originated from Blount’s powerful artists book 'First Impressions' in which he asked participants to recount the first time they felt othered. Blount put the same question to students in Rachel Simmons’ book arts class in spring 2021. The students responded through personal writing & bold imagery, then designed and printed folios on their provisional presses using metal type and other relief printmaking materials. Their folios addressed a range of personal experiences with feeling demeaned and marginalized—culturally, physically, socially. They responded to the prompt with honesty and courage. For almost every student in class, this was their first time working with letterpress, and they were inspired to take on that challenge by Blount’s bold use of typography in his work. Blount designed & printed the striking covers and Simmons did the colophon and assisted with assembling the edition of 20. The book is now part of the Rollins Book Arts Collection. This project was made possible by a grant from the Rollins College Thomas P. Johnson Visiting Artist & Scholar Program." - Rachel Simmons
Ben Blount (self-published)
Race, religion, sexuality, marginalization
Closed dimensions 8 5/8” tall x 6” wide
Leporello accordion book
French Speckletone paper and binders board.
Letterpress and digital prints
Blount, Ben, "An Other Story" (2021). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 41.
This work was featured in the Cornell Fine Arts Museum as a part of the exhibition “Common Ground: Selected Works from The Rollins Book Arts Collection” from September 18, 2021 – December 31, 2021.