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The Peeps Photo Project book: published 2016
by Jack Lattemann (aka Cascadia Artpost of Olympia, Washington USA) with his co-editor, Colin Scholl (presently living in a California correctional facility, with future plans to live in Washington state). Both are part of the international mailart network.

Wow! Talk about project documentation! This blog entry is my tribute to both of these guys for going above and beyond what I’ve come to expect from participating in a mailart project…. and as a book object, it is truly a labor of love. The day I received it in the mail I almost immediately started reading it to find out how every else had photo-documented their peeps with their own creative take, often letting the miniature PEEPS share in their own life circumstances, and I could not put it down until I’d perused most of it.

Of course, right from the beginning (January 2015) quite a bit of thought and care was taken by Colin and Jack to formulate the PEEPS project: Jack first solicited participants among 30 of his mailart contacts (27 followed through to completion), and he painted hundreds of miniature 1:87 scale plastic people that came in a variety of races, ages, and social classes, etc. He made up 30 packets with 15 to 25 peeps, a toy vehicle, and a little bench or other prop. Jack and Colin created 30 beautiful mailart themed boxes (sized like a cigar box) in which to mail the project elements to us. Examples of complete street scenes in an urban setting were constructed by Colin with little peeps on the set, going about the miniature life as usual, and photographed to give us all inspiration. We were given full reign of how we, ourselves, might choose to pose our peeps; and to construct whatever environment we might conceive, with a September 2015 deadline to submit photos of our scenarios.

Three seasons passed before the September deadline, after which we were to wait for a handmade book documentation of the project. What a surprise it was to me that Jack Lattemann had taken a few classes with aspirations to become a book binder! The long awaited book turned out to be hard bound in gold fabric covered boards (burgundy fabric on the spine), astutely edited (Jack consulted with Colin via mail on editorial decisions), designed and laid out, with fine paper and type choices, full color photographs, etc. all of which makes it a treasure to hold and to have on my book shelf. Using archival quality materials and lots of toner cartridges for the copier, he exceeded $1,000.00 in personal expenses (and didn’t ask us to contribute anything for our book!) So now, Jack Lattemann is truely an experienced book binder after spending over three months on the process: cutting fabric, covers, hinges, and endpapers; hand sewing nine signatures together for each of 35 hand numbered books of the original printing; gluing the block and endpapers onto the cover; and finally placing this block lettered title on each book with a fine sparkling green glitter – “THE PEEPS PHOTO PROJECT”, subtitled, “LIVING THE MINIATURE LIFE”.
The book’s introduction details many of the project details I’ve already mentioned above, and is signed by both editors, Jack Lattemann and Colin Scholl. The book was larger than they both first expected it would be, and perhaps that was why they omitted photo scenarios from their own staging of PEEPS. The editors generously include six chapters by Jennifer Weigel as she had kept a diary about her peeps characters and adventures, submitted as dated entries between January and October 2015. The editorial decision to break up this diary as six chapters interspersed amongst the rest adds a sense of continuity between everyone else’s individual visions, as various peeps story lines string us along until the end, when a kind of collaboration happens between Colin Scholl and Jennifer Weigel.

A special addendum chapter was added after the books had already been bound, due to an unplanned life event with a participant from Lviv, Ukraine. Jack told me he’s considering a small revised edition (a dozen or more) that will incorporate the Lubomyr Tymkiv addendum and a new afterword. He did not receive Lubomyr’s emailed photos until late February, 2016, after Lubomyr had finished almost a year of military service. The peeps traveled with Lubomyr to the front, and were captured in photographs posing with tanks, military tents, machine guns, and the natural elements in the countryside. He included a photo of himself leaning on a camouflaged anti-aircraft weapon. The contrast of the miniature life with the surreality of war, along with Colin Scholl’s sobering account of life in prison, adds a whole other level of substance to The PPP.

International list of mailart pARTicipants:

ARGENTINA: Samuel Montalvetti, CANADA: Reg Cộté, Adrienne Mason, Stewart Charlebois, Mailarta, Carolyn Oord (Kerosene), GERMANY: Eberhard Janke, Jörg Seifert and Jorn Michael, Patrizia (TIC TAC), GREECE: Katerina Nikoltsou, HUNGARY: Torma Cauli, LUXEMBOURG: Fraenz Frisch, UKRAINE: Lubomyr Tymkiv, UNITED KINGDOM: Mail Art Martha, Andrea McNeill, and the U.S.A.: PJM, Gina di Grazia, buZ blurr, Bethany Lee, Jennifer Weigel (including one collaboration with Jonathan Stangroom), Kenneth Brown, Carol Stetser, Sally Wassink, C. Mehrl Bennett, Tallie Jones, Jennifer Utter, John Held Jr., and last but not least, Colin Scholl and Jack Lattemann.

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https://www.etsy.com/shop/cmehrlbennett
Link to my Etsy site where you can view my accordian book titled: FOURTEEN PICTOGLYPH STORIES, created using a series of artistamps I made from the initial series of pictoglyphs, where some of these images originated.
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Full discloser about TV CLUB image: My spouse, John M. Bennett, originated the phrase TV CLUB a few decades ago as a rubber stamp on flourescent orange stickers.

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I have uploaded my jpegs at rubberstamps.net and ordered this set of rubber stamps to use on my mailart! The TV CLUB rubber stamp became a little gift to my husband on our 35th wedding anniversary.
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Go to my Etsy Site if interested in purchasing one of these limited edition accordian books:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/cmehrlbennett

TLP-10-x-3-from-February-8,-2015-outside-for-web Haddock, Colin Scholl, Cheryl Penn, Thomas M. Cassidy (Musicmaster), and Matthew Stolte will be recipients of first five imperfect printouts from my ‘puter. As soon as John makes TLP edition from perfected copy, & braves the elements to go to post office, more will go forth into the non-digital universe via snail mail. [This condensed web-version is not fit for printing, BTW.]TLP-10-x-3-from-February-8-2015-inside-for-web

These works were created for one side of a collaborative accordian book. The other side involved one long horizontal collaborative work.

JMB CMB accordian side two (Click image to view large)

Only six copies of this book exist right now. 3.5″ ht. x 17″ length unfolded.

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Note: Shawn McMurtagh’s text is in lower part of each page.

Below is a related “Little Stories” YouTube video.

Alphabetap is a collaboration between Thomas M. Cassidy (Minnesota USA) and Marilyn R. Rosenberg (New York USA), just out this month (February 2014) from publisher Luna Bisonte Prods (Ohio USA). Bio info from the book reads:

“Tom Cassidy’s written and drawn works have appeared in hundreds of smallpress and mainstream publications, and in galleries and museums around the world. With John Bennett and Scott Helmes, he co-edited Vispoeology, an international anthology of visual literature for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts, where he most recently exhibited 50 Years / 50 Objects from his vast collection of oddities and what-would-without-benefit-of-exhibition-be-called ephemera. Tom (aka Musicmaster) co-founded the Portland performance poetry troupe The Impossibilists, who were reunited in 2008 for a series of shows by the Oregon Heritage Commission. He is a board member and occasional performer with Cheap Theatre and Patrick’s Cabaret, often confusing shows with board meetings. All of which sounds far more sane and sober than he’ll ever be. His two recent chapbooks (juiced up walnut and give up art) are commonly avoided.”

“Marilyn R. Rosenberg’s most recent visual poetry in artists’ books editions are NOISE (2012, Redfoxpress, Ireland); The Book of Soles (Souls), collaboration with C. Mehrl Bennett, (2011, 2013 Luna Bisonte Prods, Columbus OH, USA.); and RED (2008, 2013 Otoliths) and also many poems published in various Otoliths, Australia. One of a kind bookworks are available at Vamp and Tramp Birmingham AL and Central Booking NYC. MRR’s newest visual poem/drawings are at http://halvard-johnson.blogspot.com/2013/04/marilyn-r-rosenberg.html; an old one recently appeared on http://www.thevolta.org/ewc33-mrosenberg-p1.html. See MRR’s older and newer works, with images- http://scriptjr.nl/issues/2.2/marilyn-r-rosenberg-2-2.php and http://local-artists.org/users/marilyn-r-rosenberg. Images of works are in print publications: LAST VISPO ANTHOLOGY: Visual Poetry 1998 – 2008; 1000 ARTISTS’ BOOKS; EXPLORING THE BOOK AS ART; and WOMEN IN THE ARTISTAMP SPOTLIGHT. Also, MRR is expecting a group of surprises.”

Per Luna Bisonte Prods (LBP) editor, John M. Bennett, “ALPHABETAP is a lively visual collaboration using intense graphics, colors, text, book design, and collage to create a unique and compelling artists’ book that is playfully based on the alphabet. The authors are masters in the fields of visual poetry and the book arts, and this collaboration is a treat for the eye and mind.”

This full color, 80 pp. book will eventually be available via Small Press Distribution – but do watch NOW for the often posted discount codes that arrive via your email if you have signed up for a Lulu.com account; Lulu does an excellent job on color printing, better than their competitors, but it’s pricey. LBP makes only a miniscule profit via SPD compared to Lulu sales, but SPD does manage to get more sales than what happens at the Lulu site at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lunabisonteprods

For a direct link to ALPHABETAP (and to preview pages selected from front, mid-section, and end of book) please click HERE.

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Additional LBP notice from C. Mehrl Bennett:

I am technical facilitator and associate editor for the Lulu site LBP publications, and this is probably one of LBP’s last color books due to the high cost of color vs. black & white printing. We’ve published two other full color collaborative books involving both of these authors: THE BOOK OF SOLES (SOULS) by Marilyn R. Rosenberg and myself, and ONDA by Thomas M. Cassidy and John M. Bennett. AND We have one more collaborative color book currently in the pipeline. Even after three rounds of editing down selections from a huge volume of collaborations that have resulted over years of snail mail exchanges between Sheila E. Murphy (AZ, USA) and John M. Bennett (OH, USA), there remains a high number of excellent images/pages that are planned for our next publication***; so LBP’s final color book will be among the even higher priced books at its Lulu P.O.D. site. We’ve also published a full color collaborative book involving Sheila E. Murphy and K.S. Ernst in gorgeous color square format; that is PERMUTORIA

So please stay tuned for the NEXT collaborative color LBP book, as it will be one of our last truely beautiful and astounding full color productions. But who knows, perhaps the ethereal PDF or E-book will appear in LBP’s future in regards more color publications. But that’s up to LBP editor, John M. Bennett, who really loves to turn the physical pages of a book. Don’t you?

***UPDATE: JMB and SEM’s collaborative full color book, YES IT IS, is now available via this LINK