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Diane Dias De Fazio

My mother encouraged my love of collecting, which led me to amass a few small collections in a variety of areas. My two largest subjects are New York World's Fairs' ephemera (1939–40 and 1964–65) and the book arts "triumvirate"—artists' books, letterpress and offset printing, and handmade paper.

I studied nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, and fell hard for contemporary art, architecture, and history; by the time I started college, I had architectural realia on my bookcases next to ephemera from Felix Gonzalez-Torres's Guggenheim retrospective and monographs on Georgia O'Keeffe and Keith Haring.

My interest in artists' books grew out of obsessions with print and handmade paper and exciting work by artists using twentieth-century technology (risograph, high-speed offset litho, mimeo, photocopiers). I recently started to collect contemporary work in this category, focusing on artists born after 1940 and alternative/underground press.

After moving to New York City as a teen, I connected with my family's history there, via remnants of the World's Fairs at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. It naturally followed that I collect ephemera from those two World's Fairs. The item included here combines three of my interests: brand cookbooks, offset printing, and the 1964–65 NY World's Fair.

Invaders of the Great Lakes: Zebra Mussels.

Invaders of the Great Lakes: Zebra Mussels.

Mary Clare Butler. Chicago: Fata Morgana Press, 2019. Four-color wood type poster. 13" x 19".

I grew up spending weekends at Lake Erie state parks. Grey pebble beaches and forested trails influenced my understanding of what "going to the beach" looks like—a long horizon, shorebirds, and the occasional commercial ship. Cargo vessels also brought "invaders" (zebra mussels), that continue to impact the Great Lakes' ecosystem, including a coastline now peppered with bivalve shells. Butler's poster is from a series of broadsides created with an accompanying contemporary "field guide" to environmental concerns.