Gary Robbins of Container Corps
Container Corps is an amazing print shop/gallery run by the amazing Gary Robbins- here is a description of Container Corps in his own words:
"Container Corps is a publication design studio, printshop, bindery, and exhibition space that serves as a platform for the creation, distribution, and discussion of new arts publications. I work with artists to produce original, illustrated artist books. The name Container Corps comes from a number of places. First, I started the project in the depths of the econopacolypse, when my freelance design work had all but dried up. So, I started to think of this project as my own little New Deal, like a one person Civilian Conservation Corps. It gave me work to do and opened me up to a lot of grant opportunities to fund it. But I also like to think of books as containers for culture, thats where the container comes from. I also just like the sense of duty that being in a "corps" implies."
Honestly, this work has breath and Gary gives it that gift. He is passionate about the future of printed matter and supports it to the utmost degree. When not printing the work of others, Gary makes Xylobooks (a collaboration with local furniture maker Jonathan Nussbaum), the amazing wooden journals pictured below and sells them through Canoe (in downtown SW) as well as the Container Corps website. I feel like they represent Container Corps so well; immaculate, interesting, and celebrating tactile materials as literary devices in such an exciting way. I also couldn't help but photograph the denim jacket below, a fixture akin to Gary as that snakeskin jacket was to Sailor Ripley in Wild at Heart.