Deconstruction/Construction (2014)

Deconstruction/Construction (2014)

ANNEMARIE MUNN
PRODUCTION BY CHAD JOHNSON
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2014
Edition of 100
24 pages with plantable handmade paper cover
Letterpress printed
4x4”
1 color, text with illustrations
3-hole pamphlet stitch binding
$44

"The news here and now is full of skyrocketing housing costs, of the mass evictions that make way for these increases, of the developments going up and the changes to the landscape that are coming, but soon the buildings will be finished, the stories will be replaced by a new set of stories, and what is now in transition will simply be fact." -Annemarie Munn, Deconstruction/Construction

Deconstruction/Construction addresses themes of change, growth, and destruction in San Francisco. It looks at the way that physical and social aspects of space inform each other. Telling the story of the Hayes Valley Farm, erected in 2010, the book reflects on the intense economic and population-density growth within the city of San Francisco, during which concepts of “useful” or “social” space shifted. It fights the erasure of rapid change by reflecting on the history of spaces as they are rapidly transformed.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Annemarie Munn is the owner/main press operator of Ladybones Print Shop. While growing up in rural Northern California, she was lucky enough to live in a house replete with broadsides and chapbooks both letterpress and otherwise, mostly poetry, mostly printed in the Bay Area during the 1960s and 1970s. 

Although she spent years in academia studying philosophy and creative writing, in late 2008 Annemarie finally gave in to the siren call of ink and paper, and was lucky enough to begin her printing career as an intern with the San Francisco Center for the Book's Imprint division, where her first project was to print the Small Plates edition of Reparations, an accordion book by former Black Panther Minister of Culture Emory Douglas. 

Since then she has worked in various printshops, bookshops, and binderies, and printed as much as possible. Annemarie is proud to be the steward of the Vandercook SP-15 from Five Trees, a women's printing collective from the 70s and 80s, which came to her from Eileen Callahan; the purchase of this press inspired the opening of Ladybones (thank goodness).  In her spare time Annemarie is a very serious amateur weightlifter.