The Eccentricity is Zero is an unbound artists' book of broadsides. It was made as a collaboration between Candida Pagan and Lauren Haldeman. The collection is inspired by Pagan's readings in the history of cosmotology. In response to prompts from Pagan's research, Haldeman wrote poems. In turn, Pagan created imagery as a response to the poems and to the original prompt.
The broadsides are letterpress printed from handset 12-pt Centaur and foam relief plates. All text and images were printed on a Vandercook Universal 1 proof press at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, in the spring of 2015. Broadsides are printed on unsized UICB Chancery paper made by Timothy Barrett and student co-workers. They are housed in an enclosure made with Saint-Armand handmade paper. This project was funded in part by the Caxton Club.
Printed as an edition of 20 signed and numbered copies in 2015.
Lauren Haldeman is the author of the poetry collection Calenday (Rescue Press, 2014) which was a finalist for the 2014 Julie Suk Award, and the artist book The Eccentricity is Zero (Digraph Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in Fence, jubilat, Fourteen Hills and The Rumpus. A comic book artist, illustrator, puppeteer and poet, she has taught in the U.S. as well as internationally, including a reading and lecture tour of South Africa, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she was a recipient of the 2015 Sustainable Arts Foundation Award. You can find her on twitter @laurenhaldeman, or online at http://laurenhaldeman.com