26 pages
Letterpress-printed cover and enclosure

Frequency: An Abecedarian arose from my letterpress practice, though the book’s content is devoid of print. Abecedarians abound in the book arts world, but I wanted to see if a predictable structure could still surprise a reader. Inspired by setting metal type, I chose to represent the frequency of letters rather than their form. My approach to art often begins with a generative constraint, and this project was the result of a few such questions. Could blank pages have meaningful content? Could an abecedarian contain no letterforms? Ultimately, the predictability of the structure enabled readers to decode the book, giving me artistic freedom to stray from the typical abecedarian and subvert the expectations set by the book’s lavish letterpress printed cover.