Artists Patricia & George Sargent, who have been working for over 30 years on fine leather bindings, recently finished their latest commission, a leather binding for The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words Volume 6. The binding was commissioned by Roger McNamee in 2016, and includes a special thanks to artist Winston Smith for his art work (Moonalice poster M496) that was the inspiration for this binding. You can see other Moonalice fine leather bindings be The Sargents on their Artists’ Page. Contact Patricia and George Sargent at Dragonfly Bindery Studio to commission your own fine leather binding. The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume One – Six Hardcover books are available online now at the Moonalice Store.
Moonalice proudly presents the short documentary film series “PAPER, INK and ROCK ‘n ROLL – A History of Posters”, that will bring you closer to the many Moonalice Poster Artists and their work. The fourth installment in the short-film series features poster artist Dave Hunter, who moved to San Francisco in 1985 and has been involved in the Bay Area rock art/music scene ever since. Initially Dave helped to organize and install rock poster shows at the Psychedelic Shop and at the Artist Rights Today benefits, before he went on to work as head picture framer for The Fillmore at the Bill Graham Archives from 1988 till 1992. From this rock art rich background Hunter began to create rock art for San Francisco Bay Area bands, record labels and venues like the Fillmore. Dave has further returned to his roots in printmaking, creating silkscreened posters for the likes of Metallica, Sly & The Family Stone, Gov’t Mule, The Decemberists, Throbbing Gristle, The Neville Brothers & Dr John, Moonalice , Les Claypool and many more. He currently lives and works from his studio in Fairfax, CA, supporting his young daughter and a healthy art habit. He is an alumnus of the California College of the Arts in Oakland/San Francisco and the Center For Electronic Arts in San Francisco. www.gammalyte.com Moonalice, director Jay Blakesberg & Co-Producers Blakesberg & Alexandra Fischer invite fans of Moonalice & Poster Art to enjoy a personal look at the history and stories that surround the poster artists in the Moonalice tribe. Keep a look out for future parts of this film series including Wes Wilson, Dennis Loren & Carolyn Ferris to name a few.
On June 29, 2016, during Moonalice’s performance at Union Square Live in San Francisco, there was a political demonstration protesting Duck à L’Orange (aka Drumpf) running for president of the United States. It was a marvelous sight to see protestors during American Dream Rag, dancing while holding posters containing colorful messages like “All Trump’s Books End With Chapter 11“, “TRexit“, “Donald DUCKS Releasing His Taxes” and “There Will Be ?Hell Toupée“. Freedom of speech is alive in this great country, and photographer Bob Minkin captured some of that energy for us!
Photographs by Bob Minkin PhotgraphyMoonalice.com. The band returns to Union Square on Wednesday, September 14, 2016.
When artists Patricia & George Sargent aren’t designing posters, currently with 11 pieces in the Moonalice series, they can be found at Dragonfly Bindery Studio in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, where they have been working for over 30 years on Antiquarian Book and Paper Restoration, Dust Jacket Restoration, Fine Leather Bindings, Archival Storage and more. Poster aficionados will be delighted to learn this team has experience with tape stain removal, paper repairs, color touch up, reconstruction of missing areas and imagery for your most cherished, but weathered pieces in the collection. We recently caught up with The Sargents to talk about their work commissioned by Roger McNamee (Moonalice | Doobie Decibel System) to create fine leather bindings for The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words book series, currently at six volumes.
The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume One
Binding and Design executed by Patricia & George SargentBook bound in full yellow Harmatan goatskin. Inset onlaid leather images with design elements from Chris Shaw (woman & toad) and David Singer (logo), onlays of goatskin using a variety of colors. Face and neck area raised and sculpted, brass wire necklace chain and opal drop. Smoke extending from toad’s joint to front logo using gold and blind tooling. Edges and inside edges decorative gold tooled. The spine has raised bands, leather labels, gold lines single and decorative. Olive green endpapers with moon phases printed along top. Housed in a clamshell box, with 1/4 Harmatan black goatskin rounded spine, raised bands, gold decorative full panels, leather spine labels, black linen cloth, lined with patterned velvet. The frog came from poster M48 ( 2/29/08 ) and the woman from poster M111 ( 9/12/08 ).
The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume Two
Binding and Design executed by Patricia & George SargentThe background and front image is from a poster designed by Stanley Mouse for Roger and Ann’s anniversary. Roger is zoned out playing his guitar sending kisses (designed by David Singer) to Ann, while Chris Shaw‘s Big lipped fish is sucking them in. Also David Singer (logo) on Rogers back. Bound in full tan goat skin, with onlays snake and goat skin. Includes art from Moonalice posters M81 ( 6/7/08 ) Roger & Ann celebrating 25 years, fish from M149 ( 3/25/09 ) & lips from M47 ( 2/16/08 )
The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume Three
Binding and Design executed by Patricia & George SargentBinding commissioned by Roger McNamee, 2015. Photo of Big Steve’s head was printed directly on leather. Thanks to: Alexandra Fischer for the Bus image (M232) and to Rupert Coles for the Big Steve photo of his head.
The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume Four
Binding and Design executed by Patricia & George SargentA collage of images from The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume Four. Binding commissioned by Roger McNamee, 2016.
The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume Five
Binding and Design executed by Patricia & George Sargent
The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume Six
Binding and Design executed by Patricia & George Sargent
The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume Seven
Binding and Design executed by Patricia & George SargentContact Patricia George Sargent at Dragonfly Bindery Studio for your own fine leather binding, or any of the other services they offer. The Moonalice Legend Posters and Words: Volume One – Six Hardcover books are available online now at the Moonalice Store.
Bound 2016 in full cream colored alum goatskin leather (from Steve Siegel Leather). Four raised bands on book spine, with dark green goatskin leather labels, center stamps stamped on dark green goatskin and gilt and blind lines across the spine. Front and back covers hot stamped in black foil based on the 26th stanza text and illustration. The front and back covers are hand colored with acrylic paint, with 34 Ethiopian opals mounted in 14k yellow gold bezels. Housed in a dark green silk cloth box with dark green goatskin rounded leather spine. The spine has four raised bands with red labels and floral designs stamped on red goatskin with gilt and blind lines across the spine and sides of the box. The box is lined with dark green velvet. The Grateful Dead celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, 2016. Design capitalizes on the use of the image in the Grateful Dead icon which has attained legendary contemporary status. Avalon Ballroom poster #FD26 was designed by Stanley Mouse and Alton Kelly. This is the first edition of the Rubáiyát Of Omar Khayyám that this famous image appears.
Moonalice posters by Patricia & George Sargent
Women’s History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Artist John Mavroudis, who recently celebrated Black History Month in a creative way, is now treating his followers on Facebook with inspiring illustrations of Historic Women throughout the month of March. Our curiosity for this amazing body of work (and wonderful idea) prompted us to reach out to John who graciously shared some insights about his project. “The emotional, sexual, and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says: “It’s a Girl.” – Shirley Chisholm“Oh, if I could but live another century and see the fruition of all the work for women! There is so much yet to be done.” – Susan B. Anthony
When I came to the end of Black History Month, I thought I had run the course, and then discovered that dovetailed into Women’s History Month. I posted an image and quote… one of my favorites, from Susan B. Anthony: “Men, their rights, and nothing more; Women, their rights, and nothing less.” I was going to post that and be done… I mentioned on a Facebook post that I would post a few more but might not be able to post every day. I then heard back from more than a few women who encouraged me to post every day. It got me thinking about how easy, as a male, it is to take women’s struggles for granted. How they’re slighted almost every day… and how that’s occurred throughout the history of the human race. It made me think of what kind of world I wanted for my wife and my 5-year old daughter. It wasn’t the first time I had thought about that, but for it did make me start digging into the women’s movement and reading up on some of the leaders of the Women’s Rights Movement. The Civil Rights poster I did included a lot of women who really made an impact, and I noticed that most if not all of them worked a lot on women’s rights, as well. The two movements were parallel in so many ways. I had posted quotes during Black History Month of women synonymous with the Civil Rights movement that were aimed squarely at the rights of women. Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, Mary White Ovington and many more. I then thought about how so many men would engage for the rights of others while ignoring what happens within their own homes. I read a speech by Abigail Kelly Foster delivered in 1851 at a Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester, MA. It was powerful and moving and contained this: “I put this before men. If we could look under and within the broadcloth and the velvet, we should find as many breaking hearts, and as many sighs and groans, and as much of mental anguish, as we find in the parlor, as we find in the nursery of any house in Worcester.” This was not a speech that simply laid the blame on men, either. It was a sober analysis of where men and women each fell short in creating an equal and righteous society. I started posting regularly on Facebook and Twitter. Helped by some retweets and shares (from Martina Navratilova, the great folks at Moonalice and others) it’s found a slightly wider audience. One doesn’t need to go any farther than Twitter to see the sexism and misogyny are still rampant in our society and around the world. We’ve still got a lot of work to do. – John Mavroudis