Sanya Glisic and the Struwwelpeter project

Date: October 20, 2011 Category: Arts, Design, Print

Hey all, we’re going to take a look at Struwwelpeter.
Wait… let me do that again; this is about a project on a book called Struwwelpeter. It’s a fairly old book, published in Germany, 1844.
Sanya Glisic, an artist/illustrator worked on the project to create a new version of the book … dammit, okay I’ll just copy and paste this for a better explanation.

An excerpt from the press release:

“Struwwelpeter, first published in Germany in 1844, contains ten cautionary tales for children, each one with a clear moral and overly exaggerated consequences for misbehavior. In one parable, a mother warns her son not to suck his thumbs. The son continues his habit. A tailor with giant scissors joins the scene, and the story heads in a dreadful direction.

Artist and Illustrator Sanya Glisic, while a Resident Artist at Spudnik Press Cooperative, has created a new version with whimsical and playful illustrations that capture the dark, often morbid sensibilities of the tales. Glisic’s book is a handbound piece of art containing 36 pages of full color screen prints utilizing an astonishing array of overlays and halftones.”

Wait! here’s some background info on the artist before you get to look at the pretty pictures:

I am originally from the town of Banja Luka, Bosnia.
When I was ten, my family moved to the United States.
In 2007, I received my BFA in Illustration from the University of Arizona in Tucson. After graduating, I moved to Chicago and took up screen printing at Spudnik Press Cooperative. I currently print, volunteer and occasionally teach there, while working on art and illustration projects.

During the Fall 2010 Artist Residency at Spudnik Press, I began working on an extensive project that consisted of illustrating, screen printing and hand-binding an edition of books based on Heinrich Hoffmann’s Der Struwwelpeter. The book, originally published in German in 1844, contains ten gruesome and whimsical cautionary tales for children.

Okay, here’s what I’ve promised, but I didn’t promise, or did I? strange world.

I’m back, this is the book information, you like information right? who doesn’t! there’s a joke somewhere there, but I’ll.

Struwwelpeter
Hardcover Artist Book

© Sanya Glisic 2010-2011

Edition of 58 Books
9 in. x 11 in., 36 pages
Illustrated, hand screen printed and hand-bound books
Full-cloth hand printed cover

Five months in development, this project involved creating a series of handmade books, based on the 19th century Der Struwwelpeter by Heinrich Hoffmann, a collection of ten cautionary and gory tales for children.

All parts of the books are archival. Pages printed on acid-free Neenah 80# Cover. Sewn with Irish Linen Thread. Covers are Davey’s Binders Board, wrapped in hand-printed red bookcloth, soft spines.
Each book is signed and numbered. Now available for purchase.

Made possible through the Artist Residency Program at Spudnik Press Cooperative, Chicago IL, 2010

Hope you enjoyed these as much as I did, until next time, we rhyme, in time, Nickelodeon slime.

Content source & images: sanyaglisic
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