Everyday Magic of Waterlee Higgins (1998)

St. Paul author David Haynes provides a whimsical contemporary urban fairy tale titled The Everyday Magic of Waterlee Higgins for visual interpretation and book arts legerdemain.

The special magic of Mr. Haynes’ tale pervades a collaboration concertina of visual interpretations executed by book artists from across the nation recognized for their skillful and innovative approaches to commingling text and imagery. Each invited participant will provide an editioned page incorporating/illuminating a brief section of text; individual illustrative pages will be inserted in die-cut slots of accordion pages, allowing sequential viewing (or easy removal for framing). Executed under the direction of Mary Jo Pauly, an accompanying chapbook features paper-engineering, underprinted illustrations and design by Michael Lizama is letterpress printed on Mohawk vellum from monotype Kennerly with Dollhouse initials.

The Deluxe Edition (lettered A through Z) includes prints and chapbook signed by the author housed in a specially designed box (reminiscent of a suburban colonial home) measuring 11-1/4″ x 7-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ designed and fabricated by Dennis Ruud which features woodworking and a leather “front door” facade.

The Standard Edition (numbered 1 through 125) includes prints and chapbook housed in a drop-spine box measuring 11-1/8″ x 7-3/4″ x 1-3/4″ replete with tasteful carpeting and formica interior designed and constructed by Kent Aldrich and his Nomadic Press.

The Chapbook alone is also available, produced in a distinct edition (numbered 1 through 200).

The Artists: Amos Paul Kennedy – Jubalee Press, Esther K. Smith and Dikko Faust – Purgatory Pie Press, Gayle Hayes Hachen – Stone Monkey Press, Michael Fallon – Gonfalon Press, Kathy Kuehn – Salient Seedling Press, Karen Kunc – Blue Heron Press, Susan Nees, Jim Lee – Blue Moon Press, Lynn Avadenka – Land Marks Press, and Jim Sherraden – Hatch Snow Print.

Text by David Haynes
Illustrations by various artists
Designed by Michael Lizama under the direction of Mary Jo Pauly
Underprinted illustrations by Michael Lizama
Bound by Kent Aldrich at Nomadic Press
Deluxe binding by Dennis Ruud