The June exhibit in the University of Rhode Island Library Gallery is The Other Side of the Mirror by the University of Rhode Island’s Printer-in-Residence Dore Page.
About the Artist
Nationally-known book artist and printmaker Dore Page uses the principles of typography to define a unique fine art form. She creates prints using modern folk-art techniques, printing from wood-blocks, pieces of fabric, or just about anything else that offers up a printable pattern. Traditional hand-letterpress and silk screen printing combine to give her works distinctive contemporary appeal.
Each artwork print undergoes as many as 50 individual printing operations. The labor-intensive quality of this process and the extremely low number of prints in each edition make her works unique and very collectible.
Page employs traditional letterpress techniques to her printed works as well. Pages’ works appear under the publication name of Paul Woodbine and are in many collections throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, the University of Rhode Island, and Brown University. Her letter press publications and prints are also printed under the publication names Volaphon Books or Sea Plane Editions.
Born in Fall River in 1956, her interest in printing was nurtured after she showed an affinity for printing at an early age. As a child, she was given an office printing kit containing rubber sorts and symbols and she has been letterpress printing ever since.
In 1975 Page met a Brown University graduate student who was busy galvanizing the burgeoning literary scene in Providence. College students and local writers were taking the lead of Keith and Rosemary Waldrop’s Burning Deck Press, a staple of Providence’s literary scene since the late sixties. Buying old letterpress equipment to start presses and publishing ventures became very popular fifteen years before the practical application of desktop publishing. Page, with commercial printing experience under her belt, suddenly looked pretty good, when compared to a group of amateur printers who had plenty of ideas but no skill. Page had been reading and self-studying about typography all along, honing her skills as a typographic artist and designer.
Dore Page was appointed University of Rhode Island’s Printer-in-Residence in 2002. Her artwork is represented by Breslin Fine Arts, Inc. in East Greenwich, RI. She lives and maintains her studio in Warwick, RI.
There will be an artist’s reception in the Gallery on Sunday, June 11 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
The Library Gallery is located on the main floor of the University Library, 15 Lippitt Road, Kingston, RI 02881. Library hours are:
For more information, please contact Karen Ramsay at 401-874-4625 or firstname.lastname@example.org.