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History of the Women's Studio Workshop


As their 1994 Catalog stated, the Women's Studio Workshop's (WSW) "publishing program, began in 1979, under the auspices of our Artists-in-Residence Grant Program. Artists are invited into the studios for a period of six weeks to produce a limited edition artists' book. Book Arts Production Grants are also awarded to artists working in the own studios."

  • Since its inception, WSW has "published more than 70 limited edition books...[reflecting] the cultural and aesthetic diversity of the artists who come to work at the Women's Studio Workshop. As they note, "Unusual form, compelling content, and a combination of media distinguish the books which are created at WSW."

Above: Distinctly Blurred by Jenny Sapora, Women's Studio Workshop, 1998.

The Women's Studio Workshop's Information on Distinctly Blurred

  • The story has been formed by linking quotes across the alphabet, with a different quote about printing corresponding to each letter. There are also two sections of text (one in red letters, the other in black) accompanying the quotes, and various small images that are scattered throughout the book.

Above: Two pages from Distinctly Blurred.

Above: Cover of Crazy Quilt by Maureen Cummins, Women's Studio Workshop, 1998.

WSW's Information on Crazy Quilt

Above: One of the "quilt blocks" from Crazy Quilt. The text in the center reads: "The asylum itself is a steel trap, and I was not released from its jaws alive and victorious. I crawled out mutilated, whimpering and terribly alone. But I did survive. Francis Farmer 1943-1950."


Above: Guess Who Died?: Memories of Baltimore with Recipes by Mindell Dubansky, Women's Studio Workshop, 1993.

Above: A line drawing by the author's mother, Toby Dubansky.

Left: A recipe that is included, along with "The Rockettes" drawing, in Mindell Dubansky's story, "Singing."

WSW's Information on Guess Who Died?

Art historian Catherine Bindham writes, "Ms. Dubansky, a museum book conservator, librarian and a book artist is surely living proof that a warm but undeniably eccentric childhood can be the key to a richly developed creative like and an intense engagement with the world and its more unusual manifestations in adulthood."
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