Coracle Press: Two little books about nature by Erica Van Horn
Elderflower, 2012, (Living Locally no 20), with two images and text
A Mispacement of Lichen, 2016, (Living Locally no 36), with dried specimen of lichen and text
Each one folded card, letterpress printed
Coracle Press: Two little books about nature by Erica Van Horn. Sold together here as a special offer, these make a perfect gift.
Coracle Press: two little books about nature
Erica Van Horn: Elderflower, 2012,
Erica Van Horn: A Misplacement of Lichen, 2016,
These 2 little books are typical of Erica Van Horn’s sensitivity to the ultra-local. Always with an eye for quirky detail she presents images of some of the most common plants native to Ireland but also widespread in the UK. Elderflower includes a recipe for Elderflower cordial. A Misplacement of Lichen contains a pressed and dried lichen specimen gathered from near her home in Tipperary, Ireland. Both these books are letterpress printed and presented very simply with clean layout.
About Coracle Press
Coracle Press is a small and completely individual publishing press which has been operating for over 35 years. Writer and artist Erica Van Horn and poet, artist and editor Simon Cutts, direct it now from a small farm between the hills of South Tipperary, Ireland. They have been there since 1996. However, they began in London in the nineteen seventies, as publisher, gallery, and a space for books. Their last London book shop project project was ‘workfortheeyetodo’ in the mid-nineteen nineties. They also had a Norfolk connection, between 1989-2012, printing many of their works from a printer, Crome and Akers, based in King’s Lynn.
From their remote spot in Ireland, they continue as printer-publisher, editor of spaces. They describe their practice as ’employing many of the devices and formats of hypothetical publishing inherent in the small press’. Their books have both critical and playful dimensions. But they are also steeped in poetry – they call it a residue of poetry – concerned with the mechanisms of the book as a manifestation of the poem itself. They are also mindful of their many collaborations with other artists and writers, which evade any clear category.
Being open to new ideas and approaches marks all their projects. Limiting their scope or over-categorising their content or defining their range does not interest them. The books themselves are not so concerned with craft tradition, limited-ness of edition, hand-made paper or elaboration of binding. While each one has its unique character and appearance, what they want to achieve is the plain and simple case-bound book, the sewn paperback. They are working constantly at extending the category of ephemera. Making quirky visions, askance views, eccentric perceptions widely available is what they are all about.