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Book Artist of the Month: Sarah McDermott

March 4, 2013 by Erin Fletcher


Sarah McDermott works in collaboration with friends Joanna Ruocco and Brian Conn to design and screenprint covers for their experimental fiction journal Birkensnake. Each issue is “irregularly published and imperfectly bound” in editions of about 300. 


left: Issue no. 2 | right: Issue no. 3

Birkensnake 2 has a 3-color screenprint design on flocked paper with the center scorched with a blowtorch and bound in a long stitch structure. Birkensnake 3 has a 3-color design screenprinted on recycled chipboard boxes and bound with a wraparound cover. 

Unfortunately, all of the print issues are sold out, but Birkensnake can be read digitally through their website. The next issue is set to publish this summer, edited by seven pairs of strangers, that is until they signed on to complete Birkensnake 6.

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