Picturing Evanston

Craig Jobson

What brought you to Evanston?
A Director of Design position for a publisher in Evanston

How does your environment inform your art?
It provides space to create as well as surrounds myself with like minded creative people.

Describe your art, in a hundred words or less.
Handmade books are made at the at the juncture of content and process. The content is defined by the author in order to identify the development of character and plot,  the economy of words, and the inevitable change of direction as we near the story’s end. Then I explore visual solutions compatible and supportive of the story and the author’s intent. And finally, I begin the process of producing a book using my best abilities to  design, handset typography,  illustrate, choose the right paper, letterpress print, hand bind, and case in that all attest to the excellence of a story. My aspiration is to craft a paper sanctuary for the story, a place that recognizes its beauty, dignity, and power as well as create a forceful memory for each reader that is made of ink on paper.

What is your medium?
Handmade contemporary short fiction books, poetry, and posters

What are you currently working on?
A 72-page collection of seven short stories written by Lynn Sloan

Name one piece of art, by any artist, that blew your mind or otherwise inspired you.
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer published in 1896 by the Kelmscott Press and illustrated by William Morris

Why art?
Because art is an expression of aspiration, humanism, beauty and wonder.

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