What is a book? The books of Julie Chen and Flying Fish Press answer this question in ways that explore the possibilities of what a book can be. Reading is more than deciphering words on a page or screen. The book is a physical object which can contribute meaningfully to the experience of the reader through interactions with materials, innovative forms, and pages that move in unexpected ways.
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Books In Print

Julie Chen publishes artist’s books in small editions of 50-100 copies. Most Flying Fish Press books are designed and authored by Julie, but she collaborates with other artists on special projects The Books in Print section lists all work that is currently available for sale.

FLYING FISH PRESS was established in 1987 by internationally known book artist and book art educator Julie Chen. The press focuses on the design and production of limited edition artists' books with an emphasis on three-dimensional and movable book structures and fine letterpress printing. Editions range in size from 25 to 150 copies. Work from the press Is known for meticulous attention to craft, intricate structural design, and meaningful content on a wide range of personal, philosophical and political topics.

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The portfolio shows Julie’s work in chronological order and showcases the multiplicity of approaches to book and content design that she has engaged in over the past 30 years.

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Each Flying Fish Press book passes through many hands on the way towards completion. It takes multiple processes and myriad assembly steps to finish every copy. Get some behind the scenes looks at how Flying Fish Press books get made.

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About Julie

Julie Chen is an internationally known book artist who has been publishing limited edition artists’ books under the Flying Fish Press imprint for 30 years. Her books combine text and image with innovative book structures to create reading experiences that engage the reader in interactions that go far beyond the simple turning of a page. Her work can be found in numerous collections worldwide including the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland, NZ. In 2009 she was a featured artist in the PBS television series, Craft in America. She is a professor of Book Art at Mills College in Oakland, California.

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