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The Shape of Heartbreak: How a phrase, a broken heart, and a residency led to two artist’s books

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 7:00-9:00pm

Cosponsored by the Book Arts Guild & University of Washington Libraries

Join Lisa Hasegawa of ilfant press for a rare evening of sharing a deeply personal experience that inspired two artist’s books: the Shape of Absence and the Saga of Girl and Boy. Lisa will show and discuss the completed books as well as her inspiration, process, and various methods of documentation.

November 2018: Lisa is accepted to In Cahoots Residency, planned for August 26 – 30, 2019

March 2019: Lisa meets the boy

May 2019: Boy writes a sweet and catchy phrase which Lisa records with the intention of turning it into a print

July 2019: Relationship goes south

August 2019: Relationship officially ends, Lisa travels to the UK to meet up with the boy for a week, then, the day after she returns from the UK, she travels to Petaluma, California for the residency, where Lisa prints like crazy-pants

October 2019: Lisa finishes the Shape of Absence after 40 passes through the press and piercing each book 891 times

December 2019: Lisa finishes printing the Saga of Girl and Boy after 85 passes through the press


Lisa Hasegawa received her Master of Fine Arts in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of Washington. Lisa teaches letterpress and bookmaking classes in Seattle and is sole proprietor of ilfant press. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has received several awards; including a Grant for Artist Projects (GAP) from Artist Trust and Printmaking Instructor of the Year from Pratt Fine Arts Center. Her artist’s books and prints are collected nationally in both public and private collections.


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