Age of Eruption, 2009
Handbound book with handset letterpress and screenprint on Rives BFK, 6.5 x 12.75 inches, edition of 70, published by Women’s Studio Workshop. $350



Age of Eruption documents the stages of the adolescent growth process. The book uses the physicality of reversed letterpress impressions as blind-embossings to signify this growth, reminding us of the discomfort felt during youth physically, emotionally, and sexually.
The illustrated “eruptions” throughout the book urge us to recall common growing experiences during formative years and thus reconcile them.


Amanda Thackray was born in Trenton, New Jersey and lived and worked in Jersey City, NJ for 6 years before earning an MFA in printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design. She holds a BFA in Printmaking from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Now residing in Bloomfield NJ, she is currently a Scholar of Advanced Studies of the Book at the Center for Book Arts in New York. Before leaving for graduate school, Ms. Thackray worked for the commercial letterpress shop, Sesame Letterpress in DUMBO Brooklyn, as a printer and shop manager for four and a half years. Her work is most inspired by the human body and its relationship with the natural world. Indulging a deep connection with process and the ephemeral, Amanda’s work is highly detailed, often utilizing minute repetitive mark-making techniques.

Amanda has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT, the Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY where she was awarded a book production grant, Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle WA, and will be traveling to Norway as part of The Arctic Circle residency in 2013. In addition to showing her work regularly, she often curates shows, has lectured consistently about her work, and has current teaching experience in bookbinding and printmaking. Ms. Thackray’s work is in over a dozen national and international public collections including the Newark Public Library, Yale University, and Mediatheque Andre Malraux in Strasbourg, France.

Amanda Thackray website