|The Art of the Book
Sixth Annual Exhibition of Handmade Books,
Altered Books and Book Related Works
CV Sibyl Rubottom
CV Jim Machacek
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Bay Park Press was founded in San Diego by proprietors Sibyl Rubottom and Jim Machacek in 2000 to foster the production of artists' books and prints, and to promote interest in the letterpress process.
Sibyl Rubottom holds her M.F.A. from Yale University in Painting and her B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Sibyl's books are in the special collections of the John Hay Library at Brown University; Sterling Library at Yale University; U.C.S.D. Mandeville Special Collections; San Diego State University's Malcolm A. Love Library; Occidental College (Los Angeles); Brigham Young University; Dartmouth College; Indiana University; Walker Art Center; California State University, Hayward; The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, La Jolla, California. Sibyl is currently Artist-in-Residence at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, California. She teaches Book Arts at its School of the Arts and at the University of California San Diego Extension.
Jim Machacek has been creating artworks in printmaking, artist books, drawing and mixed media for three decades. His artwork has been exhibited extensively in museums and galleries nationwide and in international exhibitions in Japan, Mexico, Canada and Hungary. His artist books are in special collections at the Library of Congress, the Tate Library in London, UCLA, USC, UC Santa Cruz, UC San Diego, the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library La Jolla, SDSU, Brown University, Stanford University, Yale University, the University of Iowa and many other public and private collections around the country. He holds a MFA in printmaking from C.W. Post/Long Island University, a BFA from Boston Museum School of Fine Arts and a BA in journalism from Creighton University.
O is for Opera
9.4 x 6.75"; 90 pages. Accordion fold with pop outs and multiple other movables. Letterpress printed on Velata paper using Bernhard Modern type and images by photopolymer plates. Calligraphy design by Judythe Siecke. Set page drawings by Stephen Hendrickson. In wine-colored cloth-covered 7.25 x 10 x 2.75" box.
The interior of the box is lined with paper in a Fortuny (Mariano Fortuny, 1871-1949, textile designer) design. The same fabric design becomes the accordion spine of the book so that it spreads like a stage curtain.
No detail was spared in the journey that any opera lover would love. From the paper programs and opera glasses to the alphabetical presentations of operas from Aida (complete with 3D set with pyramid) to Die Zauberflote, every page takes you to the dramatic world of the opera.
Bay Park Press: "O is for Opera was conceived in March, 2003 and printing began in April. We printed through several life crises (ours, our families, our interns), numerous teaching assignments, other letterpress projects, press breakdowns and new puppies, births and deaths. And so it probably goes with all long-term projects. But at times we wondered if we would ever make our end. But we kept on printing, and printing, some pages having at least 15 color runs through our trusty Vandercook I.... We estimate we cranked the press 19,853 times in this edition of 45. It is Spring 2006 and our opera odyssey is finally finished. We hope yours is just starting.