ESOPUS 23 MAKE-READY
Limited-edition saddle-stitched 16-page booklet.
Dimensions: 9" x 11.5"
Edition of 75.
“Make-ready” is a general term that describes the process of preparing a press for printing. It is also used to define the waste-paper stock that passes through the press before color, registration, and ink density are adjusted and approved by the press operators. In order to conserve paper, printed sheets of make-ready from earlier runs are often fed into the press until the next form’s settings are correct, resulting in the arbitrary superimposition of disparate images on these sheets.
Esopus 23 Make-Ready consists of 75 16-page saddle-stitched booklets, each containing one "imposed" (folded) unique make-ready sheet collected from the press run of Esopus 23 in the spring of 2016 at The Prolific Group in Winnipeg, Canada. Each book is not just a fascinating artifact from the sheet-fed printing process; it is a visually arresting collage created by the pressmen themselves.