Eastside Editions began in Sonoma, California in 2000 as a papermaking studio inviting local artists to create monoprints on handmade paper. Over the years it evolved into a fine art print studio and publisher specializing in etchings printed on both handmade and mouldmade paper and featuring several well known Bay Area artists as well as recognized artists from Chicago and Rome. It closed in 2008 after having moved to San Francisco.
Simon J. Blattner established Eastside Editions, a fine arts print studio and publisher, in 2000. The studio, which ceased printing in 2008, specialized in etchings printed on both handmade and mouldmade paper. The purpose of the studio was to print the work of emerging and mid-career Bay Area artists. Blattner dedicated much of his time to the studio, where he also published several handmade books now in the rare book collections of Stanford University and St. Mary’s College as well as several major private book collections. Blattner made the paper used for these small edition print runs. He is the current owner of the Eastside Editions print archive.
Of all the questions that I have received regarding art, “What is an artist book?” is the most asked. There are many answers to that question but I think I have a simple answer. It is whatever the maker of the book wants it to be.
In general artist books are some combination of art and words but often no words are included. The artist's creativity shows through in the message that is delivered by the scene that is created and often by the words that accompany the art. The story is meant to tell itself but it is not often easy to translate. Many artist’s books are small editions or one of a kind but they may also be published in significant larger editions. I always look for the beauty of the art and the paper that is used as well as the binding. I also look closely how it is printed. But, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have never met an Artist who did not want to make an Artist Book.