Portfoliobox of the Month: Chuck Close Limited Edition Portfolio


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Chuck Close is an American painter known for using creative and intricate patterns to portray a human portrait. He envisioned Scribble Book as a self-portrait that emerges step by step out of the printing process one plate and one color at a time. Volume One contains the State Proofs, a series of 9 monochromatic prints, 1 for each of the 9 applied colors. Volume Two, the Progressive Proofs, shows the colors building up on the paper. The completed limited edition print is revealed on the final page.

Scribble Book #5  Scribble Book #2

The process of creating this two-volume limited edition portfolio set took Little Steidl Press over 3 years. The press sheets were printed in Germany under the watchful eye of revered book publisher, Gerhard Steidl, before being shipped to Portfoliobox in Rhode Island to begin the binding and box making process. The covering material traveled from Germany to RI to California and back to Portfoliobox where the books and boxes were completed.

Scribble Book #1

Both the books and the box are covered with Cotlin, a natural sailcloth-type fabric made by Bamberger. The books are accordion bound with each set of prints being mounted on a strip of fabric over 9′ long. A Lipped Clamshell Box with basswood frame was chosen to house the books. This design opens flat at the spine, allowing easy access to the books while offering the option of viewing the prints without removing them from the confines of the box.

Scribble Book #3


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