Siglio Ephemera #15

Our editions of ephemera are small, inventive collections of simply made cards, posters, broadsides, pamphlets and/or booklets, created in collaboration with artists and writers whose work we admire.

Inspired by Dada and Surrealist printed matter, Fluxus in general and Dick Higgins’s Great Bear pamphlets in particular, as well as by Wallace Berman’s Semina, we assemble and disseminate editions that we hope delight or surprise, provoke or engage, in some unexpected way.

These editions are not for sale; rather, we happily give them away for free when you place an order directly from Siglio. When one edition runs out, we create another. The number of each edition will vary, and we’ll send out an email announcement to our mailing list when a new edition is ready.


Ephemera #15

Ephemera #15 is one of the The Improbable issues from 2020 (Volume 1 or Number 2). Each are tabloid newsletters, inspired by Dick Higgins’s Something Else Newsletter, in which invited writers, artists, and scholars  investigate the spaces between art and literature. There’s more info about this issue and The Improbable here.


Ephemera #14: All Gone

This 17×12.75 poster of “EEEEEK” by Richard Kraft commemorates the pandemic.


Ephemera #13: All Gone

Siglio invited four artists and three poets to contribute a thing “for John Cage.” The envelope includes little works and poems by Anne Carson, Emmy Catedral, David Hannah, Ann Lauterbach, Richard Kraft, Christian Marclay, and Rosmarie Waldrop.


Ephemera #12: All Gone

In celebration of siglio’s tenth year, this ephemera edition reproduces “If Nancy Was a Boy” by Joe Brainard, the opening work in the first book siglio published in 2008, The Nancy Book by Joe Brainard. The work is reproduced as a detail on a 12×18 poster.


Ephemera #11: All Gone

A double-sided, full color 19″ x 27″ poster featuring two collages, “Untitled (The Illiad),” and on the other “Untitled (The Odyssey)” by Richard Kraft (author of Here Comes Kitty: A Comic Opera and co-editor of John Cage’s Diary: How to Improve the World…). Each collage is made from the entire  issue of Classics Illustrated comic book devoted to Homer.


Ephemera #10: All Gone

Siglio invited poet and Tantra Song editor Franck André Jamme to create a little collection of works to house envelopes purchased just after the publication of Tantra Song in the market in Jaipur, Rajasthan (see image below). Of these works, Jamme says, “I began to make these little things a bit before 1990. Each year, since then, I made 0 or 2 or 3 (so many years just 0). Compared with writing, it was almost incredibly relaxing. So, I actually have never stopped.”


Ephemera #9: All Gone

A full-color fold-out 18″ x 24″ poster featuring “The Sea’s Ruler” on one side and “The Sham Squire” on the other, both collages by Richard Kraft using 1960s English football (soccer) comics coupled with language from James Joyce’s Ulysses.


Ephemera #8: All Gone

This set uses the postcard as a piece of correspondence, as an instigation for correspondence, enacting a correspondence, as an interpretation of “correspondence,” whatever that (gorgeous) word means to the artist.  Postcards by Rachel Bers, Jen Bervin, Trinie Dalton, Thomas Evans, Karen Green, Colter Jacobsen, Selena Kimball, Chris Russell and Robert Seydel.


Ephemera #7: All Gone

Works by three artists are featured in this edition: a set of four drawings by Joe Biel, a two-sided card of a bird in flight by Richard Kraft, and a fortune teller (with instructions) by Karen Green using found materials as well as sentence fragments from her book Bough Down.


Ephemera #6: All Gone

This edition includes a color 18” x 24” poster with a large collage on each side: “A Study for Ulysses” made from pages from the James Joyce novel, and “Let’s Look Around” made from slivers of pages from children’s primers, both by Richard Kraft.


Ephemera #5: All Gone

Wrapped in brown kraft paper and hand-stamped, this edition includes a tiny chapbook of the poem “Yantra” by Henri Michaux that was one of the inspirations for Franck André Jamme’s journey to India as well as the 4-color booklet “Conturbatio: A Selection” by Richard Kraft and a set of cards of collages by artist Selena Kimball.


Ephemera #4: All Gone

This edition includes a set of five little cards with ten aphorisms from Robert Seydel’s “Flowers & Formulas” (from Book of Ruth), an eight-page color copied booklet called “RS: A Library Portrait” by Richard Kraft, and a postcard by Fluxus artist Alison Knowles from “A House of Dust.”


Ephemera #3: All Gone

This edition is a double-sided poster of “Tube Portraits” by Richard Kraft.


Ephemera #2: All Gone

Three miniature “Metro Ticket” cards by Keith Waldrop, a tiny chapbook by Peter Gizzi and Elizabeth Willis, a special edition booklet of “Five Hares & Three Ruths from Book of Ruth by Robert Seydel, and five Kapitan Kloss collage cards by Richard Kraft.


Ephemera #1: All Gone

This edition of ephemera is now available only when ordering The Nancy Book limited edition. Ephemera #1 includes a set of twelve different postcards featuring the ink drawings from Joe Brainard’s 1974 “IF,” a Catnatch Press booklet “One Hundred Soldiers for a Revolution,” and Eight Glyph Photographs by Robert Seydel.


The gorgeous little envelopes for Siglio Ephemera #10 were purchased from this man in Jaipur in January 2012.