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Collisions #1


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The Unofficial Press

Aggie Toppins



Printed on site at the Chattanooga Public Library

The exploration by Aggie Toppins in the first issue of Collisions — printed on “found office paper using a photocopier and a scrappy screenprinting kit” — shows a wide range of experiments and playful layouts that resulted from granting her access to the Maker Space and all of its tools and materials at the Chattanooga Public Library. A cool way to better understand how some processes work as projects evolve and grow out of experience. 



Chattanooga Public Library, The 4th Floor

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Production Time

4 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

8 × 10 ×  in.

Page Count

16 + cover and 2 tip-ins

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Found office paper

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Project Description

Collisions is a new quarterly publication for the Chattanooga Public Library's 4th Floor maker space. In this first issue, "The Hand & Machine"€ designer Aggie Toppins created visual experiments using procedural processes with high- and low-tech machines. From interpreting a drawing with a vinyl cutter to scanning bitmaps of collages, Toppins used predetermined rules to guide making procedures that brought compositions made by hand in dialogue with machine-based interpretations.

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This project is an exciting use of print to house image-making experiments with technologies such as laser and vinyl cutters and 3D printers. It used to be cost-prohibitive for small press publishers to produce books with die-cuts and tip-ins, but maker spaces like the one at the Chattanooga Public Library make these processes accessible. ”

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

February 8, 2016


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