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Desert Rose Press in San José, New Mexico, combines the talents of two accomplished book artists to produce works that strike a delicate balance between art and technology. Clifford Burke and Virginia Mudd were on separate paths through the world of private press publishing when they met in 1989.
After starting out in Haight Ashbury in the 1960s, Burke became a well-known figure among San Francisco’s venerable fine printers. He worked with book designer/printer Adrian Wilson at the Tuscany Alley Press. His own Cranium Press developed into a respected poetry publishing enterprise where he produced books for nationally recognized writers.
Mudd, who studied book arts at Mills College and worked as an apprentice at the Arif Press in San Francisco, was planning to set up a shop of her own in New Mexico when she and Burke met. The two struck up a partnership, combining equipment and type collections. They continue to produce limited edition literary works that blend hand crafts with digital technology.