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Sedimental Records

Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

8 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

5.125 in. × 5.125 in.

Page Count

Paper Stock

Outer Cover and Sleeves: French Paper, Construction Line, Nightshift Blue
Concertina: French Paper, Construction Line, Blacktop

Number of Colors

1 spot





In 2007, Area C — the moniker for artist Erik Carlson — along with a range of collaborators took on a series of improvisational performances at the Cormack Planetarium in Providence, RI, an unusual setting for a music performance. From recordings of these events that Area C dubbed “The Planetarium Project” Sedimental records released this limited edition, double CD.

With artwork by Erik, Amy Borezo of Shelter Books created and printed a beautiful paper CD case that has a concertina fold that holds the two CDs together. Printed silver on a dark blue paper, the packaging does a great job in conveying the darkness of the planetarium and the brightness of the stars against the sky. Amy, explains further:

The double compact disc package reflects the “unexpected” setting of the musical events. The expandable paper concertina structure creates a memorable tactile, kinetic experience not previously seen in CD packaging. The concertina is a long piece of text weight paper which gets scored on the press and folded by hand. A heat-sensitive adhesive, (Bemis 3218 from Can-Do National Tape) is applied to the concertina. The heat sensitive adhesive comes in roll form and can be cut down to any size sheet. After the adhesive gets tacked into place, the printed outer covers are placed around the concertina and the whole package is run through a dry-mount press. My work in book structures, artist’s books and limited edition bookbinding greatly influenced the creation of this packaging.

I tested this process out on a smaller edition I worked on previously which got a great reaction from everyone who handled it. This particular structure worked well with the theme of the music and the artwork Erik provided. And I am currently working on a completely new structure for another release from Sedimental.

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“The Planetarium Project” CD


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Artwork: Erik Carlson
Paper engineering, letterpress printing and assembly: Shelter Bookworks



Shelter Bookworks

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Armin Vit

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August 26, 2009


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