While I've been a letterpress printer for twenty years now, I was a chef for twenty years before I learned how to print.
Apparently you can take a chef out of the kitchen, but you can't take the cook out of a chef! I still think of what I do as cooking, only for the eyes now instead of the mouth.
All of these prints began in my kitchen at home when I noticed some combination of fresh ingredients that seemed to capture something essential about cooking.
But whatever it is, cooking offers so much rich and varied sensuous activity, there is no end to the possibilities it presents!
In addition to my solo work on Kitchen Studies, I frequently work with artist Fritz Springmeyer, and some of these broadsides are still available.
In 2011 Fritz came up with an apple image to accompany my translation of Sappho's second fragment which we did as a broadside for the deluxe edition of the Fine Press Book Association's Parenthesis Magazine.
Also in 2012, for the one year anniversary of the Fukushima crisis following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Fritz brought me a poem written by a Fukushima farmer, Maeda Arata, expressing his bitterness at the government over the Fukushima nuclear contamination. The poem was translated by Andrew Barshay and edited by Fusako de Angelis. We shipped the bulk of these broadsides to Japan to help raise money for recovery.
Kitchen Studies are currently available exclusively here, from my personal site. Just use the PayPal "Buy Now" button below the print you are interested in. Once I receive your order, I will ship it flat with in three to five days by FedEx second day. Sales tax will be added to orders shipped in California, and a $20 shipping and Handling fee will be added to all orders (multiple prints shipped to the same address at the same time will only incur a single s&h charge).
I can be reached most easily at the email address at the top of the page, email@example.com, but you can also call me at 510-845-8566.
If you are in the Bay Area and would like to stop by, I am happy to give you a studio tour. Please contact me first so I know when to expect you.
I hope you have enjoyed a leisurely scroll here. If you are interested in seeing more of my work, please visit my regular commercial website: letterspressed.com.