The Complete ILSSA Quarterly.

ILSSA sampler

Publishing the Quarterly has been a core practice of ILSSA since its founding in 2008. The Quarterly, which comes out with much less regularity than its name would suggest, consists of original material on subjects of interest to impractical laborers and the general public. Contents have included original essays letterpress printed in leaflet form, invitations to participate in new projects and exhibitions, tools to further making, and documentary publications. Often, the Quarterly takes the form of a call-and-response in which members are asked to do something; that something then becomes the basis of an exhibition or a publication in the next Quarterly. All current members automatically receive new installments as they are published.

This chart serves as a digital archive of ILSSA's publishing endeavours. In the table below, click on any image to see it larger or in an alternate view. Prices listed include shipping in the USA. International orders: kindly email your order to operator(at)impractical-labor.org and we will calculate shipping for you.

2008
The Inaugural Quarterly (published in 2008, shipped in January 2009)
The DIY Ethic and the Craft of Developing Self The DIY ethic and the craft of developing self leaflet

How do we reclaim happiness from desire? An ILSSA classic and a perrenial favorite. Essay handset in metal & wood types and letterpress printed by its author, ILSSA Co-Operator Local 347 Shop FS Bridget Elmer. 4.25 x 11 in. (folded), 11 x 17 in. (unfolded)

Original edition (letterpress) out of print (OP). 2nd edition (photocopy) included in the ILSSA Box Set Vol. 1 & near OP. 3rd edition (Riso) forthcoming.

What is craft and why does it matter? What is craft & why does it matter?

An exploration of the many meanings of craft through a perusal of the book titles in the NY Public Library's card catalog. Essay handset in many, many, many metal & wood types and letterpress printed by its author, ILSSA Co-Operator Local 917 Shop RC Emily Larned. 4.25 x 11 in. (folded), 11 x 17 in. (unfolded)

Original edition (letterpress) reserved for the ILSSA Box Set Vol. 1. 2nd edition (Riso) forthcoming.

Freedom / Want What is craft & why does it matter?

The only freedom is freedom from want. Or: Is freedom from want the only freedom? Reversible poster handset in metal & wood type and letterpress printed. Corner details laser printed. Originally created by Local 917 Shop RC as a giveaway for the ARLIS conference at MoMA (NYC) in November 2009. 8.5 x 11 in., 5 assorted colors

Original edition reserved for ILSSA Box Set Vol. 1.

2009 ILSSA Membership Card 2009 ILSSA membership card

Handset type, letterpress printed by Local 347 Shop FS. The only one-year membership card issued by ILSSA. 3.5 x 2 in.

Out of print.

2009
The Practice Quarterly
Invitation to the 1st Annual Festival to Plead for Skills letterpress printed on vintage fly speck target: invitation for first annual festival to plead for skills

In 2009, all impractical laborers were invited to participate in ILSSA's annual holiday, the Festival to Plead for Skills. For this inaugural invitation, Local 917 Shop RC played a game by printing letterpress on paper targets: she set the type by hand and locked it into the press, eyeballing the position of the type and the target. Each time she made a spacing adjustment in order to make the type "hit" the target, she ran the entire edition of targets through the press again. Once registration was perfectly aligned on the paper target, she changed the ink color from orange to magenta and printed one more time. Targets are vintage new old stock found in the abandoned Remington Arms factory, Bridgeport, CT, before it was destroyed. 6 x 11.25 in. (double-sided)

Out of print.

Practice Instant Gratitude a set of practice instant gratitude thank you cards

Small thank you cards to be passed out spontaneously when needed, housed in a small printed envelope. Handset type, letterpress printed by Local 347 Shop FS.

Out of print.

Practice Handwriting practice handwriting

It is not so much the exercise that is practiced as the manner in which it is practiced. Some helpful advice extracted from the Palmer Method of Business Writing. Handset type, letterpress printed by Local 347 Shop FS. 11 x 3 in. (double-sided)

Original edition reserved for Box Set Vol. 1.

39 Kinds of Work 39 kinds of work leaflet

Essay about the primordial origins of everday tasks, as illuminated by the 39 Melachot. Handset type, letterpress printed by the essay's author, Local 917 Shop RC. Published in ILSSA's largest edition to date: 500 copies. 11 x 17 in. (unfolded)

$3.50

2010
The Research Quarterly
The ILSSA Reference Collection: An Analogue Internet ILSSA Reference Reports

The ILSSA Reference Collection was a collaboratively generated annotated bibliography of ILSSA-relevant reference materials. The printed work consists of a letterpress printed index card offering an overview of the project; 4 original letterpress printed forms on ruled paper; and photocopied, color-coded forms of resources submitted by members. 9 pages + index card bound with brass fastener. Project now retired. Designed and printed by Local 917 Shop RC. 8.5 x 11 in.

Original letterpress forms out of print. Index card explanation & photocopied submissions reserved for the ILSSA Box Set Vol. 1.

The Double Notebook ILSSA notebook, for taking notes in two books at once

Hand-sewn double pamphlet do-si-do notebook with letterpress printed covers, ruled paper inside; two printed bookmarks coordinating with the two different colored front and back covers. The bookmarks each proclaim In support of your bibliographic endeavors, we offer you the ILSSA Notebook & Bookmarks. The pamphlet & color-coded bookmarks are designed to accompany you on your reading & annotating adventures. This notebook was designed to enable the taking of notes in two different books at the same time. The cover "composition book" pattern was created by marbling paper, and then making a polymer plate from that paper, printed letterpress. Designed, printed, and bound by Local 347 Shop FS. 3.5 x 7.8 in

Original edition reserved for Box Set Vol. 1.

The Festival Mailing
Perennial Festival Invitation & 2009 Festival Guide along with the 1st Festival contents

For the 1st annual Festival to Plead for Skills, participating members observed the holiday by practicing a skill that resulted in a small 2 x 2 in. object. Members sent these objects to Local 347 Shop FS, who collated them into sets. When the Festival sets were distributed to participating members, they were accompanied by these two publications: a laser-cut and letterpress printed perennial invitation that is also a template to make a box to house the objects (by Local 347 Shop FS), and a photocopied and letterpress guide to the set's contents (by Local 917 Shop RC).

Perennial invitation out of print. Guide to contents reserved for Box Set Vol. 1.

2008-2025 ILSSA Membership Card 2008-2025 ILSSA membership card

In order to not reprint membership cards each year, Local 347 Shop FS designed and letterpress printed this renewable membership card. The years 2008-2025 are printed on the back of the card. Simply circle the applicable years! 3.25 x 2 in.

Original edition reserved for Box Set Vol. 1

2011
Invitation to Submit to the Quarterly an invitation to submit to the ILSSA Quarterly

An early attempt at soliciting open involvement from the membership. Handset & letterpress printed invitation by Local 347 Shop FS, tucked into a hand-addressed orange envelope. 5.25 x 7.25 in.

Out of print.

While you were out: Walter Benjamin called Walter Benjamin called and left a message for you

A timely message for publishers. Handset metal type & zinc cut, letterpress printed on new old stock "While you were out" pink memo slip. Designed & printed by Local 917 Shop RC. 4 x 5.125 in.

Original edition out of print. 2nd edition (2016) $2

An Obsolete Technology Guide for the Citizens of St. Louis No image available.

Designed by Local 347 Shop FS. Produced in collaboration with All Along Press and Washington University. Distributed at the 2011 SGC International conference in St. Louis, MO.

Unavailable.

2012
ILSSA Every Day Work Exhibition Guide Every Day Work exhibition guide

The exhibition, ILSSA Every Day Work, chronicled one full year (January 1 - December 31, 2011) of Impractical Labor as practiced by a dedicated group of ILSSA members. On every day worked, members saved remnants of their process in a dated envelope. In early January 2012, members sent their envelopes and/or a representative tool to the Hammes Gallery at Saint Mary's College. One envelope was posted on the gallery wall for each worked day. On the gallery floor, the saved remnants were grouped by month, with remnants from each day organized in rows. The exhibition was a visual chronology of every day worked by union members, wherever they may have been. Together with the tools, the show provided a glimpse into the nature of such work. Exhibition Guide lists participants and shows views of the installation. Laser printed insert, letterpress printed envelope. Designed & printed by Local 917 Shop RC. 4.25 x 11 in. (folded)

Original edition reserved for Box Set Vol. 1

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ILSSA Every Day Work Exhibition Books book from every day work exhibition

On the 4th Annual Festival to Plead for Skills (July 7, 2012), the ILSSA Co-Operators chronologically collated and hand-bound all of the project's dated envelopes into a collection of 26 books, each book consisting of 2 weeks of envelopes. The books were photographed and then distributed to all exhibition participants. Each is unique.

Out of print.

Surveying the State of the ILSSA Union survey of the State of the ILSSA Union

Do you experience autonomy? How well are you challenged? Borrowing from sociology a rubric of satisfied vs. alienated labor, the 2012 State of the ILSSA Union asked all members to assess their working conditions as artists. Handset type, letterpress printed by Local 917 Shop RC. 8.5 x 22 in.

Original edition reserved for Box Set Vol. 1

Guide to the 2012 Festival to Plead for Skills booklet guide to the 2012 Festival to Plead for Skills

A booklet guide to the 4th annual Festival to Plead for Skills (July 7, 2012). Top portion of booklet: Participating members sent in a photo and brief paragraph for inclusion. Bottom portion of booklet: an "activity workbook" suggesting new skills to be practiced by the reader. Photocopied interior, letterpress printed cover, hand die-cut, hand-sewn. Designed, printed, & bound by Local 917 Shop RC. 4.25 x 11 in.

Out of print. Original edition reserved for Box Set Vol. 1

No purpose without action / No action without purpose table tent call to action and purpose

Handset & letterpress printed table-tent, originally created for an Open Studios event at the ILSSA Bpt HQ of Local 917 Shop RC. Sent to all ILSSA members in subsequent mailing.

Out of print.

2013
State of the ILSSA Union Report cover of the state of the ilssa union report

Compiled report from the State of the ILSSA Union surveys. Members' responses were anonymously compiled together and carefully edited into one collective and contradictory voice of the ILSSA Union. Letterpress and foil stamped cover, detailed with stickers and rubber stamp, and bound with metal fastener. Interior designed in AppleWorks and photocopied on baby blue paper. Originally packaged with letterpress printed survey, now includes 2nd edition carbon triplicate survey, and an essay analysis by Local 917 Shop RC originally presented at the 2013 College Art Association Conference. Report: 7 x 11 in. (17 pages) Essay: 8.5 x 11 in. (5 pages). 2nd Edition Survey: 8.5 x 11 in.

$15

Free download of essay The Work is the Thing

Invitation to the ILSSA Convergence invitation to ILSSA convergence

Handset & letterpress printed invitation to the 2013 ILSSA Convergence. Hand perforated RSVP card at bottom. Designed & printed by Local 347 Shop FS. 8.5 x 11 in.

Original edition reserved for Box Set Vol. 1.

ILSSA Box Set Vol. 1. corrugated box for vol.1

All 2008-2013 Quarterly publications above that are still in print, subject to availability, are included in the ILSSA Box Set Vol. 1. Corrugated cardboard wrapper hand stenciled by Local 347 Shop FS.

ILSSA Box Set
2014
The ILSSA Working Group Report ILSSA Working Group report folder, open to show contents

Published to document the ILSSA Convergence and Working Group meeting in Asheville North Carolina, 2013. Many-times-over letterpress printed file folder containing "Working Title" essay by Marilyn Zapf, Assistant Director at The Center for Craft, Creativity, & Design; an ILSSA Working Group blank notebook; ILSSA Tool Exhibition checklist; ILSSA Temporary Library exhibition checklist; Impractically Asheville Self-Guided Walking Tour map & ILSSA Convergence schedule of events by Local 347 Shop FS; official minutes from the ILSSA Working Group meeting; Working Group members' summaries; & an Impractical Labor pencil. Designed and produced by Local 917 Shop RC. A perfect introduction to the concerns and activities of ILSSA. 9.5 x 12.75 in (closed).

$15

It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person ILSSA It's About Time: A Workbook for the Working Person

A 28-page letterpress printed workbook on the theme of time. Sent to all members in January 2014. Members were invited to respond to the 28 prompts during the month of February. In early March, the workbooks were due at the Colburn Gallery at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, for an exhibition. Written, designed, hand typeset, and letterpress printed by Local 347 Shop FS, Local 719 Shop NLP Aaron Cohick, and Local 917 Shop RC. 28 pages, bound with binder clips. Comes with the exhibition guide and an Impractical Labor pencil. 8.5 x 14 in (closed)

$42

View the exhibition guide.
Invitation to Participate in the 6th Annual Festival to Plead for Skills invitation to participate in the 2014 festival to plead for skills

Invitation to participate in the 6th Annual Festival to Plead for Skills by submitting text & image to the newly established ILSSA Markdown on impractical-labor.org. Designed, photocopied, & rubber stamped by Local 347 Shop FS. 4.25 x 11 in.

Original edition reserved for Box Set Vol. 1.

2015
A Call for ILSSA Members' Manifestos ILSSA call for manifestos

Written by Manifesto Editor Local 717 Shop WP Meghan Reedy, and designed / produced by Local 917 Shop RC. A call for all ILSSA members to write their manifesto and submit it to ILSSA for publication. Handset type letterpress printed on vintage engraved certificates. 8.5 x 14 in.

Original edition reserved for the forthcoming ILSSA Box Set Vol. 2.

ILSSA Manifesto No. 1: A Manifesto for Sewing by Hand ILSSA Manifesto no.1 by Meghan Reedy

Manifesto by Local 717 Shop WP Meghan Reedy. Designed/produced by Local 917 Shop RC, the first in an ongoing series of ILSSA members' manifestos. Handset type, letterpress printed on thick hand-stained paper. Each copy out of the edition of 325 is unique, with hand-watercolored and hand-sewn ornaments on all 4 pages. Thread dyed with natural dyes. Truly a stunner. 6 x 9 in. (folded)

$7.50

Hand/Mind, Hand-Mind Essay by Aaron Cohick

A lovely essay on how artmaking cultivates attention and being present in the world. Written by Local 719 Shop NLP Aaron Cohick of the NewLights Press. Originally typeset and letterpress printed in off-white by Local 917 Shop RC, the essay was then shipped back to its author, who repeatedly overprinted with letterpress collagraphs in multiple colored runs. Smells delightfully like ink. 4.25 x 11 in. (twice folded), 17 x 11 in. (entirely unfolded), 8.5 x 11 in. (opened once, as shown)

$4.50

It's About Time Compilation Publication Studio's comp of the It's About Time workbooks

In celebration of the It's About Time show installed at PRESS! (MCLA) in North Adams MA, Publication Studio at Williams College Museum of Art (WMCA) designed and published this compilation of two of the It's About Time workbook pages: Draw lines for 10 minutes. and What is the best advice about time you've ever been given? Fun to read. Handset type & letterpress printed cover, digitally printed pages, perfect bound. Designed and bound by Local 413 Shop 29P Melanie Mowinski and Publication Studio at WMCA's Kate Barber. 5.5 x 9 in.

Original edition reserved for the forthcoming ILSSA Box Set Vol. 2.

A Woven Poem woven poem by Jen Bervin

Woven poem by Local 917 Shop JB Jen Bervin on the requested theme of old/new. Risograph printed by Local 917 Shop RC. 8.5 x 11 in.

Original edition reserved for the forthcoming ILSSA Box Set Vol. 2.

2016
Making Time the Making Time self-test publication

Are you always +2 at 11am? A self-test designed to track and identify personal time cycles, based upon an experiment designed by Markdown Editor Local 503 Shop JL John Labovitz. Collaboratively written by Local 503 Shop JL, Local 347 Shop FS, and Local 917 Shop RC. Designed and printed by Local 917 Shop RC. Risograph printed in 2 colors. Includes 22 page manual, test form, reply form, and letterpress printed envelope. 5.5 x 8.5 in. (manual), 11 x 17 in. (test form), 8.5 x 11 in. (reply form)

$15

A Letter on Time/Money a letter musing on time/money by ALLS

For several years, Eric Asboe and John Engelbrecht operated ALLS(A Literal Letter Service), in which they wrote letters on-demand. The enclosed letter was written in response to ILSSA's request for a rumination on time and money. Though ALLS is no longer in service, we are delighted that Eric remains a member of ILSSA as Local 402 Shop PHCH. Original letter and envelope scanned and digitally printed. 8.5 x 11 in. (folded)

Original edition reserved for the forthcoming ILSSA Box Set Vol. 2.

Announcing the First ILSSA Residency announcing the first ever ILSSA residency

The ILSSA Residency is an opportunity to gain perspective by stepping outside daily life, connecting with other members, and reflecting upon your practice in a shared context. It is also key to shaping the future of ILSSA. As an impractical laborer, what issues are you struggling with? How could ILSSA help? A small Risograph leaflet announcing the first ever ILSSA Residency at North Mountain, WV. Designed and Risograph printed by Local 917 Shop RC; photography by Local 503 Shop JL. 4.5 x 7.5 in. (folded)

Original edition reserved for the forthcoming ILSSA Box Set Vol. 2.

TBA in the near future
ILSSA Box Set Vol. 2 (2014-tbd) TBD

Quarterly items published since 2014 will be included in the forthcoming ILSSA Box Set Vol. 2.

TBD