About Past Work

The act of creating is like following breadcrumbs through the fairy tale forest. I may not know where I'm going, but I can't resist. Sometimes the track leads to a sunlit meadow, and other times it leads to the witch's cottage. Either way, I'll learn something, and my work will be richer for it—the work-ing is what's important. In addition to a consistent output of photos and prints over the years, here are a few other stops on my journey along the crumb-strewn path:

  • Artist book and print editions using standard offset lithography, especially The Lively Dance (1983), which is in museum collections and art libraries throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
  • One-of-a-kind books, using black and white photographs, photo-printmaking techniques, watercolor, and digital printing (1975 to the present).
  • Publication of figure studies, self-portraits, and landscapes in diverse magazines and print collections, including In/Sights: Self-portraits by Women (Godine), 1978.
  • Artist book exhibitions and catalogs, including American Bookworks in Print, New Narratives, and In Context: Contemporary Artists’ Books and their Antecedents (1985 to 1992), which I curated and designed with painter and book artist Kevin Osborn.
  • A Botanic Garden for the Nation: the U.S. Botanic Garden (2007), which I wrote and photographed, working with the dedicated staff of the USBG. The book can be viewed and downloaded through this link
Let life happen to you.
Believe me: life is in the right, always.
—Rainer Maria Rilke

The Lively Dance , offset printed, hand bound, edition of 200, 1983.

  • Bookbinding and story book workshops taught to students of all ages in public and private schools, art centers, and art school summer programs (1980 to the present).
  • Books, publications, exhibitions, and apps written/designed/curated for the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution, and the National Archives, among many others (1981 to the present). One recent project was an educational app, ebook, and downloadable PDF for the National Archives: Congress Creates the Bill of Rights.




    All words and images @2013 Anne-Catherine Fallen.