Bound by: Sonya Sheats

BJ and Da Dogs

New York: Picturebox, 2005. First Edition. Hardcover. Fine.


One of only 500 copies printed. PaperRad was an artists' collective based in Boston and Providence. The members of the collective were Jacob Ciocci, Jessica Ciocci, and Ben Jones. Their multimedia projects used “lo-fi” visual aesthetics, bold fluorescent colors, and images from popular culture. BJ and da Dogs is their first book. From the publisher: Half artist’s book, half graphic novel, this volume combines photographs, drawings, prints, and junk by the art collective Paper Rad–Jessica Ciocci, her brother Jacob, and their friend Ben Jones–with two graphic novellas (Spaceballz and Alfie) by Jones. The work of the group, which has a rabid underground following, synthesizes popular material from television, comics, video games, and advertising, and explodes with color, feeling, and good humor. This book, the first to be created and designed by Paper Rad, is sure to be a collector’s item, as it explores the world of one of the most vibrant and original collectives making artwork today. Sonya Sheats began her binding studies in the studio of Anne Vion in France in 2000. She has been practicing and teaching bookbinding ever since, returning to France frequently to study with master binders, including Edgard Claes, Sün Evrard, Michel Richard, and Florent Rousseau. Sheats works with unusual leathers, wood, and polycarbonate as well as more traditional materials and structures. Her art ranges from minimalist leather bindings in muted hues to raucous colors and designs rendered on polycarbonate using automotive paint. No matter what material or structure, Sheats' craftsmanship and sense of style shine. Sheats' work can be found in public and private collections in the United States and Europe. Open-joint binding. Each signature has been tipped with black and fluorescent pink paper and is sewn onto black buffalo bands with purple linen thread. Covers are made with three boards, one covered in purple leather and two covered black buffalo. These boards are laminated together and hold the sewing bands in place. Tooling is done in silver foil. The paste downs and flyleaves are pink suede with iridescent film visible in subtle cut out circles. Bound by Sonya Sheats in 2005. 22cm x 28cm.

Price: $4,000

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