Orphans was designed in the small press tradition of a limited edition letterpress book. Intended to be printed with handset type on an old hand crank Ietterpress. I really wanted this to function as an actual book. Durable, tactile packaging was deliberately chosen to encourage people to interact with the book and keep it from becoming too precious. Solid and well built like an old car. This set is constructed to stand the test of time. Someone could read this as a book of short stories, poems and verse or accompany the music and read along while listening.
Elements for the book were derived (scrounged) from thrift shops and swap meets and include hundred year old library discards, newspaper clippings of strange information, old 78 records, along with a box of Tom's snapshot photographs.
Johnny Brewton; X-Ray Books Co. - A seIf-taught letterpress printer, publishes and edits the assemblage journal X-Ray (an innovative magazine of art and literature since 1993). X-Ray Book Co. has published numerous letterpress broadsides and chapbooks for such noteworthy authors as; Charles Bukowski, Richard Brautigan, W.S. Burroughs, Billy Childish, Dan Fante, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Jack Micheline, Bern Porter and Hunter S. Thompson. Back issues of X-Ray are archived at the J. Paul Getty Library among other museums and galleries.
Some ,,news paper clippings'':