Talisman (Deluxe Edition)
Talisman is an artist’s book about the struggle of artistic isolation.
"Talisman is an offering in support of artists and creative people that might be feeling alone in the world these days. Since 2016, as an artist (and as a human being) I have found it difficult to feel motivated while the worst traits of humanity have not only surfaced in our country, but are being celebrated. Writers and artists before us have lived through similarly poisonous times and created iconic works despite the tumultuous climate. Talisman is an amulet, a charm to keep with us. The linocut image of the boat-tailed grackle is intended to be a familiar spirit to guide us through rough territory. In times like these, it helps to keep our friends close." — Ellen Knudson
Crooked Letter Press
Solidarity, connection, mental health, loneliness
4.625 x 5.75” folded. 12 x 18” flat. Single-sheet book contains three linoleum cut prints. Wrapper enclosure. Interior pocket “FEAR” and “DOUBT” cards to be used for personal notes.
Linoleum cut and letterpress.
Printed on Okawara paper. Wrapper enclosure made from Cave Paper treated with foil stamp and metal grommets.
Linoleum cut prints. Text letterpress printed from photopolymer plates.
Knudson, Ellen, "Talisman (Deluxe Edition)" (2019). Rollins College Book Arts Collection. 85.
Includes "Letter to Young Readers" by Shirley Jackson, from the second edition of Jackson's book The Witchcraft of Salem Village, 1956.