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Beauty in Transition: Portraits


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NYC-based artist Jody Wood created a mobile hair salon for people who are homeless and residing in shelters. Her project, titled Beauty in Transition, has been funded by A Blade of Grass, and featured by The Atlantic and MSNBC.

This award-winning handmade book documents Wood's project in a beautiful, intimate, and tactile edition while preserving the privacy of the participants.

Wood's introductory essay is handset in metal type and printed letterpress in a blue-red gradient. Her fifteen portraits —always taken from the back, showcasing the clients' freshly styled hair while protecting their anonymity — were color separated and printed in red, blue, and black on a Risograph. The book is drumleaf bound by hand, allowing the book to open flat. The book was collaboratively designed by Larned and Wood and printed and handbound by Larned at her studio RCHQ in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Beauty in Transition: Portraits.


Images printed Risograph. 

Text printed letterpress from handset type.

Mohawk Via Vellum paper.

Foil-stamped spine.

Hardcover, handbound.

8.5 ⨯ 10.5 inches.

28 pages.

Limited edition of 100 copies.

Signed by Wood & Larned.

Winner of a 2016 Silver Award from the Connecticut Art Directors Club.

 regular edition
$115 special edition comes with 3 risograph prints in a letterpress printed wrapper.
A portion of proceeds from this book will be donated to the Coalition for the Homeless.