James Baldwin is one of our favorite writers. Though he has not been on this Earth for many years (and, truth be told, we are worse off without him), his words and his wisdom live on. If you’re an artist looking for a little bit of inspiration, look no further than this pocket reminder featuring the art of John Vasquez Mejias. The art is made from a hand-carved wood block and then letterpress printed on our Vandercook proofing press. This is a collaboration that has been a long time coming, and we’re so happy to see it realized with this quote from James Baldwin:
“Who an artist is, is simply somebody who helps you see reality again.”
You can put it up on your wall, or use the printed guide on the back to help you fold it down to keep in your wallet. It’s a quick and easy way to have James Baldwin’s wisdom with you all the time. And who doesn’t want that?
John Vasquez Mejias is an artist and public school art teacher. He is also a printmaker who creates comic books, murals and puppet shows. He lives in the Bronx USA. You can see more of his work at his website.