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A self-help-ish book about caring for yourself.
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Thick Press is a small publishing practice that makes artistic books related to care and care work.  We are Erin Segal (a social worker) and Julie Cho (a designer/educator, of Otis College of Art and Design and Omnivore, Inc.). We’re thrilled to invite you to support the production of our second title, selfcarefully, a limited-edition, risograph-printed self-help-ish book created and produced in collaboration with an amazing group of DC-area women. They are:
 

Gracy Obuchowicz, group facilitator and self-care coach (Text)
Maria Habib, designer (Design/lllustration)
Erica Federhen/ipsy bipsy studio, designer and riso printer (Printing/Binding)
 

WHAT
Self-carefully holds Gracy’s wisdom about self-care, accumulated over many years of adapting Ayurvedic teaching to Western living.   (Ayurveda is a 5,000 year-old healing and wellness philosophy that originated in India.) The book consists of 30 vignettes, as well as segments of interviews between Gracy and three others.  Vignette topics range from embodied (self-care and the tongue) to spiritual (self-care and the change of seasons) to sociocultural (self-care and consumerism) to anti-oppressive (self-care and racism). Maria’s use of type, illustration, and pacing heightens the text’s mood and emotion.  Erica’s riso-printing locates the work in the tradition of artist publishing and DIY-books, outside market-driven media consumption.
 

HOW
   Your generous support will help us:
   -compensate Gracy, Maria, and Erica, for their labor (we believe creative work should be paid!)
   -obtain the rights to the typeface Maria chose (Mr. Eaves, by Zuzan Licko)
   -sell books to several trusted distributors, which means greater reach, but less favorable margins for Thick Press
   -set aside copies to give to individuals who can spread the word about the book
   -offer the book at a very reduced rate to workers at social service/advocacy agencies

Risks and challenges

We are almost ready to go to press, so we feel confident that this project is a go. The biggest challenge/risk is that life gets in the way, but we are committed to pushing ahead. All along we have been working slowly, supporting each other through various delays.

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