I make zines, books, and prints under Shut Eye Press, based here in the Phoenix area on occupied Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh land. While Shut Eye focuses on my own creative projects, I also create letterpress book covers and other commissioned print and binding projects for others. My zines use a lot of different print techniques and book forms, but I have a special love for letterpress—working and caring for the old presses, and making them as accessible as possible for others to play and create with. I prioritize vegan, eco-friendly processes in my shop by avoiding animal products, reducing solvents, chemicals, and waste, and incorporating excess and misprints into new art.
I’m a queer, trans/nonbinary book artist, writer, and editor, with a background in creative writing, film, object studies, climate change, and sex education. After years of juggling visual art and literary fiction, I was introduced to artists’ books and finally found my stride.
I like to blend creative genres—poetry, short fiction, memoir, collage, etc., and am drawn to playful, tactile, book forms. My goal is to make my zines more and more affordable while still embracing my attraction to popups, letterpress, intricate bindings, and unconventional materials. I also teach classes in visual storytelling, book techniques, and grant/residency application processes.
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