Tiffany Lee Brown (writer) and Clare Carpenter (design and book)
Tiffany Lee Brown and Clare Carpenter produced a book this last spring, A Compendium of Miniatures. It is a hand-bound, hand-set letterpress 48-page book that was produced in an edition of fifty copies. It has already sold out. (Well, nearly sold out. There are still a few left.) The book itself is beautiful. It uses type cutter Frederick Goudy’s Deepdene (named for Goudy’s long-time home) a face informed by the end of the Arts and Craft movement and the demands of machine composition at the turn of the century. However, unlike the type he designed for the University of California Press, (Berkeley) Deepende is free of short descenders. The face is a great choice for a book that recalls the handmade, small press productions of the turn of the last century.
The prose snippets used throughout the book also recall early Modernist experiments. The book explores a very simple structure in 23 variations. Almost all of the entries in the book link a general abstraction, such as hope, love, or truth to a very specific and brief passage.